On a picture perfect Saturday afternoon at Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, sisters Krista and Kendra Slaubaugh filled up the museum's CMA Theater for an installment of its long-running Songwriter Sessions.
Giving attendees a taste of their newly released EP, Blonde, Tigirlily Gold brought the energy they honed from years of four hour cover sets on Broadway into the intimate theater, captivating the audience with just their two voices and Krista's trusty guitar.
Stripping away all the smoke and mirrors of a full band and big production, the sisters proved that they are stars in the making, shining brightly at centerstage.
Showcasing a cross-section of their new EP and beyond, as well as teasing some new music on the horizon, the girls sailed through their feisty title track that seamlessly featured some of Dolly Parton's '9 to 5', the emotive 'Hometown Song' and the seductive 'Move On'. They also took the audience through the gut-wrenching 'I Tried A Ring On', the emboldening 'Somebody Does' and their designated party anthem, 'Shoot Tequila', which also marks their first single at country radio.
Throughout the session, the audience also got a chance to ask some of their burning questions for the up-and-coming sister duo, some of which focused on their songwriting process.
Noting that when writing a song, it’s got to start with a solid idea rather than a melody, they explained that in the writer’s room they both have different strengths. “I'm a lot more melodically driven and look at the whole concept of a song,” Kendra offered. “Krista is more focused on the rhythm and she's spitting out lyrics left and right. I would say she is the phrasing queen!”
Inspired by “all the American Idol winners because [they] religiously watched it,” they also credit Rascal Flatts, Lady A and Little Big Town among their musical influences, as well as artists like Brad Paisley and Sugarland who strike a balance between funny, light-hearted songs and serious, emotional ones.
With their eyes set to the future, the golden-haired sisters gushed when asked about who their dream collaboration would be.
“If I had it my way, Taylor Swift, obviously.” Kendra continued with a laugh, “I say dream big, but I don't think that's ever going to happen. Realistically, I think with the harmony here, a collab with Dan + Shay would be so cool".
Krista, who was first gifted a guitar at the age of 10 and soon after began writing songs, added: “We'd love to do one with anybody that we've looked up to–Lady A, Little Big Town, Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert and any of the ladies of country".
Since signing with Monument Records in 2021, Tigirlily Gold have been slowly but surely carving out their own space in country music.
Fresh off making their Grand Ole Opry debut in May, releasing their newest project in June and with their debut radio single currently climbing the Country Airplay charts, this pair of sisters are finally on the cusp on their big break.
But the journey to this point hasn’t always been an easy one, as the girls explained. After being asked about if they’ve ever thought about packing it up and moving back home, Kendra quickly said, “Oh, yeah… We still haven't made it but we've come a long way so we're thankful for that".
Kendra added with a smile, “You just have to keep going. Something's going to break at some point and you gotta hit rock bottom before you go up”.
From what we see here at Holler, something is breaking for our favorite pair of sisters, and we'll be cheering them on along the way.
Tigirlily Gold - Setlist
From their set at the CMA Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum on Saturday, July 22, 2023.
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