Making a Scene Presents an Interview with Sister Lucille
Hailing from Southwest Missouri and deeply inspired by the musical legacy of Memphis, Sister Lucille has turned the worlds of Blues, Roots and Soul on their collective head and created their own genre – Memphunk! The band’s musical genetics run wide and deep. From lead singer Kimberly Dill’s Opry debut at the Ryman Auditorium as a teenager, opening for the legendary Kitty Wells, to the band’s Beale Street debut in 2014, the Springfield, MO foursome breathes funk in to the Blues, stirs it with the soul of Gospel and tints it with an air of Country to forge a sound that’s distinctly American but universal in its appeal.
Dill and Jamie Holdren (guitar/vocals) are both second-generation musicians, and their collective musical DNA is the fuel for Sister Lucille’s fire. Their 2019 debut album, Alive, clocked an astounding 22 straight months on the Top 50 Blues-Rock Album Chart, with all 11 songs hitting the Top 50 Blues-Rock Song Chart for multi-month runs, and finished the year at #10 on the 2020 Top 200 Year-End Blues-Rock Chart. Three songs from Alive became mainstays on SIrius/XM’s Bluesville, and the album won the 2020 Blues Blast Award for Best Debut CD, and also received three Independent Blues Award Nominations for Best New Artist CD, Best Soul-Blues Artist and Best Contemporary Blues Song. “Gone,” the follow-up single released by the band in late 2020, was featured in the January/February 2021 issue of Relix magazine and has garnered airplay on every top Blues radio program in the US, and is proof Sister Lucille’s patented Memphunk sound is here to stay.