Jypsi making a mark in the country music scenePublished 5:46pm Friday, June 11, 2010
By AARON MUELLER
Niles Daily Star
Most of Lillie Mae Rische’s life has been spent on the road.
She and her two sisters and brother, who now form the country band Jypsi that will play a free show in Niles on Sunday, got their start in music when their dad started a family band in Branson, Mo.
“When I was 3, we got an old motor home and packed up into that and went throughout south Texas and played at RV parks and lived in Wal-Mart parking lots,” she said. “That’s where we got our start.”
Now 16 years, three singles and a self-titled album later, Lillie Mae (lead vocals), Amber-Dawn (fiddle, vocals), Frank (guitar, vocals) and Scarlett (mandolin, vocals) are starting to make some noise in the country music scene.
The band has received praise for its strong three-part harmonies and soft pop sound with a bluegrass twang.
They have played with the likes of Ronnie Milsap and Darius Rucker and recently released their first music video for the song “Mr. Officer.”
Dressed in a fashion completely unique to country, the band produced a fun and untraditional video for a song that peaked at No. 52 on the country music charts.
“It was really fun,” Lillie Mae said. “We were a little uncomfortable at first. But after we started drinking a little bit, it started to be really awesome. We got to keep all the cool clothes, so that kicked a**.”
Jypsi is definitely not a traditional country band.
“I would say we are very different,” Lillie Mae said. “It’s bluegrass, country, just very eclectic.”
After playing at Riverfront Park in Niles Sunday night, the band will head to Europe in July to play in Norway and Denmark for the Botnfestival.
“We were just looking at the map earlier,” Lillie Mae said. “We’ve never been there, so it should be great.”
The band is also looking forward to its movie debut. Jypsi has one song on the soundtrack for the upcoming film “Love Don’t Let Me Down,” featuring Gwyneth Paltrow and Tim McGraw.
Sunday will be the siblings’ third trip to play in Niles.
“We just have a good time,” Lillie Mae said. “Niles is really cool. Even if nobody’s there, we’ll play anyway. We just love to play.”