June 29, 2008 |
The STAR-MAKING machine in Nashville does a lot of things well, but nurturing musicians who work outside the box isn't one of them. In the 1950s, Buddy Holly was rebuffed when he first recorded there, and Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings spent most of the '60s struggling to fit into Music City's square holes before going home to Texas to record their songs the way they envisioned them. That tradition lives on for Jypsi, a brash young family bluegrass band with a punk-ish edge that's shaking up the country music status quo. Sisters Lillie Mae, Amber-Dawn and Scarlett Rische and their brother, Frank, create a first impression as Dixie Chicks after a rampage through Hollywood's thrift stores, their latter-day-hippie brother along for the ride.