There has been no shortage of bands in our region chock full of boys one moment jamming in their garage then, later, leaping to any one of the number of stages around the city.
But until recently, the all-girl act was a bit of a novelty -- until now. With groups like Girls Rock Grand Rapids emerging as options for young female musicians, this is about to change really quickly here in our region.
One act that is celebrating its third release at the downtown go-to-spot for the singer-songwriter scene is the all-girl string band, Nobody’s Darlin’, who have been plucking around since 2004.
And while this band has seen its fair share of band mates come and gone, the band’s dedication to old-time, Americana, and gospel music – a sound that is still as fresh today as when it was created – still continues to wow the audiences with their "new-grass" style. Joining the line-up this time around is Becca Ling -- Nobody’s Darlin’s newest member -- long-time guitar player from Hawks and Owls, the duo she performs in with her husband, Bruce Ling.
Nobody’s Darlin’ does not let the boys have all the fun lyrically as they dive in skirts first with a new release, The Devil's Purse, that is all about drinkin’, dyin’ and Jesus -- and all buried within their distinct mix of storytelling with upbeat melodies.
The band features five strong vocalists who are also skilled in playing classic instruments like the banjo, mandolin, fiddle, guitar, and upright bass.
Nobody’s Darlin’ is Sara Q, Janet Shelby, Barb Weatherhead, Natalie Beversluis, and
Admission: Free - but it might be wise to make a dinner reservation as space is limited at this downtown establishment.