Muddy Magnolias. Photo credit: Josh Telles. Photo courtesy: Sacks & Co.
Muddy Magnolias. Photo credit: Josh Telles. Photo courtesy: Sacks & Co.

Southern Soul Meets Big City Business

Muddy Magnolias have a new album coming out on October 14 titled Broken People on Third Generation Records. The group is streaming their latest album with NPR’s First Listen.

“The first day we wrote together, there wasn’t much thought that we were blending genres and worlds. That never came up. It was just natural. Ultimately, this album is a result of an unlikely friendship and is a testament to what can happen when you diversify your relationships.” – Jessy Wilson

The self-titled track ‘Broken People’ opens the record with a slow Southern Comfort beat. (During an interview with Muddy Magnolias earlier this year I asked them about their favorite backstage area. They laughed, and thought I was talking about whiskey.) The soulful vocals from Jessy Wilson and Kallie North will capture listeners attention immediately.


Preview ‘Brother, What Happened’ on YouTube, and during the First Listen run of Broken People. The lyrics on this song seem unfulfilling compared to other inspirational songs on the record. Instead of pointing out the troubled world we live in, I want to hear more solution-based lyrics on how we can help make this world a better place.

A lot of the tracks on this album carry a softer edge overall with the percussion section. There is an audience for slow-paced music, I’m just a high strung kind of person that needs a wider range of beats per minute for different songs. An album is a reflection of the spirit and energy within the artist. I know Muddy Magnolias are the next big thing in live music, but this album does not express their raw talent in the way I would have presented it.

‘Why Don’t You Stay’ is a song that I can directly relate with as a creative producer. Often I hear creative minds in music, film, literature and athletics talk about the feeling of loneliness and depression. When someone focuses their time and energy on a sporting event, an album, a film or project, they end up neglecting loved ones in the process. This neglect can turn into emotional problems for producers.

This album does give a deep look into Jessy and Kallie’s soul. Broken People connects gospel with rock in a contemporary fashion.

When watching the band at Hangout Fest 2016, I found a piece of myself falling in love with the music from Muddy Magnolias. Their grit, their passion and their unwavering drive is inspirational and divine.

GRAMMY award-winning John Legend is featured on this album for the final track ‘Leave It to the Sky.’

Muddy Magnolias - "Brother, What Happened?"

Muddy Magnolias

Tour Dates

Date | Location | Venue

October 15—Washington, DC—Rock & Roll Hotel*
October 17—Woodstock, NY—Bearsville Theatre*
October 18—Northampton, MA—Iron Horse Music Hall*
October 20—Albany, NY—The Hollow*
October 21—Buffalo, NY—Tralf Music Hall*
October 22—Philadelphia, PA—World Café Live*
October 24—Cambridge, MA—The Sinclair*
October 25—Brooklyn, NY—Rough Trade*
October 27—New York, NY—Bowery Ballroom*
October 29—Durham, NC—Motorco*
October 30—Wilmington, NC—Bourgie Nights*
October 31—Charlotte, NC—Visulite Theatre*
November 2—Charleston, SC—The Charleston Pourhouse*
November 3—Atlanta, GA—Vinyl*
November 4—Birmingham, AL —WorkPlay*
November 5—Nashville, TN—3rd & Lindsley*
January 30—Puerto Aventuras, Mexico—Hard Rock Hotel
February 6—Tampa, FL—Keeping The Blues Alive At Sea
*with The Record Company
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Matthew McGuire is the founder and editor of Crescent Vale News. In 2014, he acquired a master's degree in Professional Media and Media Management from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.