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August 26, 2016




“…a thrillingly organic blend of Seventies funk, seductive R&B, country roots and soul-searing gospel music.”

Muddy Magnolias’ new song “Broken People” premiered earlier this week at Rolling Stone and can now be heard/shared HERE. Of the song, the site praises, “…eloquently express the jagged nature of walking through life feeling lost and disconnected, harnessing a vibe that’s reminiscent of the Staple Singers and other socially conscious acts of that genre-blending era.”

“Broken People,” is the title track from the duo’s anticipated debut full-length album, which will be released October 14 on Third Generation Records (pre-order). Each pre-order comes with an immediate download of “Broken People” as well as the first single, “Brother, What Happened?

In celebration of the release, the band will hit the road this fall, including a series of dates supporting Grace Potter. See below for complete details. Additional dates to be announced soon.

Already receiving widespread acclaim, NPR Music recently premiered the official music video for “Brother, What Happened?” declares, “…puts the duo in contention for song of this very difficult summer…The video for ‘Brother’ evokes familiar scenes from the struggle for civil rights alongside more personal encounters between lovers and family members. Most important, though, is that central visual of Wilson and North standing face to face, singing into each other’s hearts the way believers always do. It’s stirring, and it’s absolutely needed right now. As is the whole mission of Muddy Magnolias: to encourage harmony by making glorious music in its name.” Watch/share the video HERE.

Additionally, ELLE magazine describes the duo as, “a country, soul, and R&B cocktail,” while SPIN asserts, “Muddy Magnolias are a funky hybrid of traditional soul and countrified rock. Jessy Wilson has the soul of Mavis Staples and the range of Nina Simone, while Kallie North brings her Mississippi roots to the forefront with a sweet, honeyed texture. While the delivery may go down smooth, North has the verve and passion of Joplin…” and Rolling Stone raves, “…capitalizes on powerhouse vocals, no-holds-barred harmonies and a vibe that’s like the Band Perry raised on Aretha Franklin—performed as if Mick Jagger and Keith Richards inhabited the Indigo Girls.”

Produced by Rick Beato (with additional production by Mario Marchetti and Butch Walker), the 11-track album was recorded in Atlanta, GA and Nashville, TN in late spring 2016. In addition to “Broken People” and “Brother, What Happened?” highlights include the album’s closing track, “Leave It To The Sky,” which features special guest John Legend on piano and vocals.

photo credit: Josh Telles

Muddy Magnolias are Kallie North and Jessy Wilson. Each with their own distinctive and unique background (North with roots in southeast Texas and the Mississippi Delta and Wilson born and raised in Brooklyn), the two were brought together in Nashville through improbable circumstances and immediately forged an unlikely friendship and musical partnership.

Of their initial collaboration and the music that has resulted, North comments, “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.” Wilson adds, “It’s about getting out of your comfort zone and being rewarded with a great friendship. We’ve both felt the power of that.”

Since they met in 2013, Muddy Magnolias have toured with Zac Brown Band and Gary Clark Jr. and have performed at Lollapalooza, Hangout Festival, etc.


  1. Broken People
  2. Brother, What Happened?
  3. Got It Goin’ On
  4. Why Don’t You Stay?
  5. Take Me Home
  6. Shine On!
  7. It Ain’t Easy
  8. I Need A Man
  9. Devil’s Teeth
  10. Train
  11. Leave It To The Sky (featuring John Legend)


August 26—Paola, KS—Paola Roots Festival

September 20—Niagara Falls, NY—Rapids Theater*

September 21—Canton, OH—Palace Theater*

September 22—Morgantown, WV—Morgantown Amphitheater*

September 26—Lafayette, IN—Lafayette Theater*

September 28—Omaha, NE—Sokol Auditorium*

September 29—Cedar Rapids, IA—Paramount Theatre*

September 30—Champaign, IL—Virginia Theatre*

October 7 & 8—Nashville, TN—Carl Black Amphitheater @ Fontanel†

January 30—Puerto Aventuras, Mexico—Hard Rock Hotel

February 6—Tampa, FL—Keeping The Blues Alive At Sea

*with Grace Potter

†with Kid Rock

For more information, please contact

Asha Goodman 615.320.7753 or Carla Sacks 212.741.1000 at Sacks & Co., or