EXCLUSIVE ARTIST INTERVIEW: SNOWY MOUNTAIN SISTERS | PERFORMING AUGUST 21ST AT BAR NINE
In anticipation of their live show with us on September 21st at 9PM, Snowy-member Kendra Jo Brook was nice enough to email us from her home base in New York to discuss their musical influences, live show experience, and what inspires them on a day-to-day basis
BAR NINE: Tell us the brief history of your band
SNOWY MOUNTIAN SISTERS: I formed the band in 2016 because I wanted to create more opportunities for women to play music. I found the best female pickers in the city and then named the band after the mountain range near my hometown in Montana - the Snowy Mountains. We have about 10 members, and people rotate in and out based on availability. We love to play!
BN: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
SMS: Dela Mae, Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash
BN: What are your dreams and goals?
SMS: We hope to continue playing and playing, and continue providing more moments for women to rock it on stage
BN: Who writes the songs, what are they about?
SMS: We do a lot of covers of a wide variety of artists: Dolly, Beyoncé, Beatles, Dixie Chicks, and a lot of old-time tunes. And, then my sister, Brittany Brook and I wrote a bunch of songs too. It’s a mix of covers and originals
BN: Describe your show, visual and musically
SMS: We do round robin. So, we rotate who leads each song. Very old fashioned, jam style performance. Lots of picking breaks and lots of hootin and hollerin’. We usually invite special guests, both men, and women, to play. We call our male guests the Bearded Sisters
BN: What's your claim to fame?
SMS: Our group is made up of fantastic pickers and performers. I would say our claim to fame is how nutty our shows get. The Snowies have guts and spirit...give a listen to our cover of “Ive Just Seen A Face” by the Beatles, as one example
BN: What inspires you to do what you do?
SMS: The group exists to inspire women to play music and become better musicians and performers. The music industry is boys town for sure, but I think it’s important that women do not become discouraged by this. We need to work hard and compete as hard as we can for jobs, with no excuses and without fear or hesitance. And this group is here to provide support for women who want to strive in the music industry
BN: How does music affect you and the world around you?
SMS: I think a song can really lift someone up. It can give you courage and make them laugh. It can make you cry and feel empathy. It is simple, but it is strong
BN: What's new in the recording of your music?
SMS: Brittany Brook, my sister, has a solo album that features the Snowy Mountain Sisters. You can find that in Spotify, iTunes, and SoundCloud. I am also releasing my solo album this winter, which will also feature the Snowies
BN: What are the biggest obstacles for bands?
SMS: We are more of a club, having members come in and out based on availability. Getting a group together for shows can be challenging. But, this is also one of the invigorating aspects of the group- new songs, new energy, camaraderie and inclusiveness