1. Hello Kendra and Kansas, can you two tell me a little bit about yourselves before you became a country female duo?
We grew up in a very rural area of Northern Minnesota. We are so proud to be from that little nook of the country, it instilled some great values in us and really made us who we are today. Although we didn’t start singing together until our high school years, music has always been a huge part of our lives. Almost every night our parents would have the radio on. Those will forever be some of our favorite memories.
2. How you two come up with the name “Highway Hippie,” for your latest EP?
Well we wrote the song ‘Highway Hippie’ about a year and a half before we even decided to record the EP. Immediately after we wrote it, we both decided that if we ever got the chance to make our own music that song was going to be the title track. We credit Highway Hippie for igniting a sort of spark between the two of us. That song definitely put us in the mindset to write the rest of the EP. Highway Hippie really did become a way of life for us.
3. What are your guys’ favorite songs off “Highway Hippie?”
It’s hard to have favorite, especially when all the tracks off the EP are so different. Every song is its own story that encapsulates what we were feeling at the time we wrote it.
But with that being said, there is a song off Highway Hippie that really developed while we were recording it and that is ‘Not Ready’. Originally it was this super slow & sad country song and after working on it in the studio it morphed into something completely different, we love that track.
4. Is there anything new coming up with your music in 2020?
Yes! We are so excited about the new project we are currently working on. We can’t say too much yet, but this one will be a full length record.
5. How would you describe your music in 3 to 5 words?
“New Wave Retro Country”, that’s a phrase we coined about a year ago and really it’s the only way we can describe our sound. The both of us have a true passion for traditional country but we’re also two young girls living in a modern world. I think the mixture of that really shows in our music.
6. What was the first country album you ever bought?
That’s a great question! We’re not completely sure to be honest, we have a hard time remembering what happened yesterday. Haha! The first Country Artist we remember listening to though was Johnny Cash.
7. Where are some of your guys’ favorite events or venues to play at?
What makes every show to us is the people listening. Making a true & genuine connection with whoever is in the audience is always our number one priority but one of our favorite venues is The Sanctuary in Fargo, ND. It was originally an old church they turned into a music venue and every time we play there the energy in that room is just explosive. Some venues you can just feel and The Sanctuary is definitely one of them.
8. What are some of your guys’ favorite quotes?
9. Is there anything else you two would like to share?
We believe that Dolly Parton has a perfect quote for everything. One of our favorites from her is “Find out who you are and do it on purpose.”
Yeah sure! Along with our music we also have a couple of other projects we’re really passionate about. The first one is our radio show called ‘Gypsy Outlaw’. It airs every Thursday night at 7pm CST here in Minnesota but you can also tune in live from anywhere online. Doing radio is super fun for us, it’s basically 2 hours of us laughing, talking, and playing music we love.
Another project we’re really excited about is our clothing collection that just launched with the Simply boutique located in Warren, MN. We went in and designed a line of about 15 pieces that we love. Folks can take a look at that online as well. We have all the information on our social media pages.