The Hello Strangers were born out of the South Austin, TX music scene in 2006 when sisters, Larissa and Brechyn, wrote their first song together entitled, “Pregnant in Jail.” Based on true events, the song was a preamble to a string of original tunes written by the sisters in a little cottage off South Congress Avenue. Soon, however, the mountains of their Pennsylvania home beckoned the girls North. So they packed up their lives, dogs, and Larissa’s husband, and drove to their two-stoplight hometown of Mercersburg. Much to their delight, the move proved to be a boon to their musical endeavors as they easily recruited friends new and old to join The Hello Strangers in the winter of 2008.
Along with the brilliance of Dave Holzwarth (bass), Kevin Shannon (guitar), and Katie O’Neil (drums), the sisters have created a catalogue of original music with nods to the folk traditions of the U.S., modern indie rock motifs, Texas country-folk, and roots rock, all tied together with lilting harmonies that only sisters can accomplish. Timeless imagery and fables accompany each song, from tales of a boggy creek bottom where a murdered man sleeps, to a Texas roadhouse with bawdy dancers and clinking beer bottles, to more poignant reflections on the loss of winter and a man gone wrong.
The Hello Strangers' live performances are no less dynamic. The group never turns down the opportunity to toss a Van Halen or Slaid Cleaves cover into their list of originals, or to enter in makeshift coffins Spinal-Tap-style at a Halloween show. The group was also seen recently on the bill of a Hank Williams tribute on the Patterson Theater stage in Baltimore, MD. And no performance is complete without a rousing sing-along to their ever-popular tune, “Pregnant In Jail.”