About Hussy Hicks
Since forming in 2006, Julz Parker and Leesa Gentz have forged their own, very unique way into the global music scene. Fearlessly independent, the genre defying Hussy Hicks have followed a trail of possibilities, random twists and turns and discovered a musical world all of their own. Their influences are drawn from family record collections of old skool blues and country, and from their travels, combining a distinctly australian roots edge with european gypsy guitar, arabic rhythms and optimistic social commentaries.
Julz is regarded as one of her country’s finest guitarists and has traded licks with everyone from street performers to Phil and Tommy Emmanuel, John Jorgenson, Lulo Reinhardt and Joe Robinson.
Leesa is most recognised for her soaring vocals and joyful, endearing stage presence and she has been steadily earning respect as one of the most captivating vocalists in her field.
The Hussies have been welcomed with honorary memberships into blues, folk, country and jazz circles, spreading their good vibes across festival stages and venues throughout Europe, America and Australia, with the single goal of playing music for the absolute joy of it.
“The London Sessions, third studio album for Queensland duo the Hussy Hicks see's Julz Parker and Leesa Gentz fleshing out songs previewed on last year's "Postcards and Previews". Album highlights include Parker displaying her six string dexterity on Armageddon which starts off like a dark bluesy declaration of troubled times and slowly builds into a gospel style positive affirmation, "We Can Go Anywhere" with its catchy chorus and African style guitar arpeggios and the musically adventurous "People of Passion". Gentz excels with a reflective "Dear Jean" whose plaintive melody is held aloft by her emotive vocal and ethereal harmonies, "Breaking It All Down" a meditation on the difficulty of confronting the inequities of modern life and her exquisite and positively life affirming "Sandcastles". These girls epitomise everything I admire about great music - instinct, passion, courage, creativity and a distinct refusal to compromise their vision"
Kim Cheshire - Country Update Magazine
The London Sessions
Hussy Hicks - Julz Parker and Leesa Gentz – a progressive folk duo from the Australian East Coast, got together in 2006, and were busy from the off, gigging, recording and releasing their music. Indeed, they debuted on plastic in 2008 with their “Life Plays Out” album, and have issued new recordings, on various formats, every year since. Their prolific output suggests they’re enjoying what they do, and that certainly comes across on their 2013 offering, “The London Sessions”. The pair – Parker plays guitar, and Gentz sings – throw themselves into the music, and their enthusiasm and joie de vivre is palpable. The sound is completed by a rhythm section that understands its obligations, and they swing like few folk groups do.
Not that they’re purists by any means. Taking inspiration from various genres, including jazz, soul, old country and blues, the different combinations they employ keeps their music fresh, without sacrificing their trademark sound. That’s defined by Parker’s expressive musicianship – she’s played with a variety of acclaimed guitarists from Tommy Emmanuel to Lulo Reinhardt – and Gentz’s distinctive and versatile vocals.
Standout performances come thick and fast. Opening cut, “Armageddon (Outta Here)” arrives on blues-rock guitar lick, and Gentz is soon in on the act. It’s a cracking start, and brings to mind Little Feat, Bonnie Raitt and the best of ‘70s FM radio. “Breaking It All Down” serves up a little social commentary, though it’s observational rather than preachy, and not forgetting my current fave, the rootsy, old-fashioned “Empty Room”, which would probably be hailed a classic had it originated in Austin rather than Australia.
Phil S - Leicester Bangs
Live Review 2013 “Watching Julz Parker play her custom-made acoustic dreadnought is nothing short of breath-taking; a stark reminder of the huge gap between simply ‘playing guitar’ and the ability to make an instrument the extension of your musical imagination. In other words, inspiring and just a little bit humiliating.”
Sabian Wilde - X Press Magazine
A Million Different Truths “Two hussies, one guitar There’s no room for religious politics in the street press so we won’t cry divine intervention, but I’ll just say it’s a happy coincidence when different pieces of a musical outfit align in one place this well. This folk/acoustic debut is one such coming-together of influences. With the vocals and lyrics of Leesa Gentz and the guitar work of Julz Parker there’s a strange diversity in the sound thanks to the nature of equal collaboration – most tracks either flourish vocally or instrumentally. There are definite moments of musical and lyric gorgeousness, occasionally at the same time. It’s a lot Missy Higgins, a smattering of Tegan & Sara and a wee bit knee-slapping country. Highlights are the understated, vocal-focussed This Time and the oldschool country charm of You Are. The meld of drawn-out, chirpy guitar twang and playful, overly metaphoric lyrics could be too sanguine to handle, except that it’s balanced by downright cynical and sweetly emotive moments”
Anna Angel - Rave Magazine
Live Review, Perth Blues Club 2010 "HUSSY HICKS, the current darlings of the Festival circuit, were up next and their energy-charged set had everyone in the audience mesmerised. You won’t find a finer female lead guitarist than Julz Parker, who switched from acoustic to electric with ease. As for the voice of Leesa Gentz, it soars and screams yet can be as gentle as a feather tickling your back. The two girls intertwine their vocals delightfully in exquisite harmonies through a broad selection of ballads and more uptempo rootsier-sounding songs. One to entertain the crowd was “Drummer Boy”, which told tales about past loves in a comedic double entendre so familiar to the Blues genre. More songs from the album, “A Million Different Truths”, had the crowd bopping along, caught up in their musical magic. “Don’t Talk To Me” posed questions, yet their thoughtful lyrics tended to provide answers.”
Derek Cromb - Play The Blues Radio
A Million Different Truths "If you thought a combination of The Dixie Chicks and Missy Higgins would suck, you’d be damn wrong. The new Hussy Hicks not only literally sounds like a combination of the two, their new record A Million Different Truths is a swirling blend of dreamy country twang and soulful blues influences. You really cannot listen to this record and not feel totally spurred to go out and rustle up some cattle or sit around a campfire listening to the cicadas. Lonely inflicts the sense of just that: being alone. Beautiful vocals accompanied by a subtle guitar really make this the highlight track for us. On the other hand, the single Millisecond sounds like something you’d hear out of a coming-of-age chick flick; it’s upbeat and somehow joyfully liberating. Overall, this honest and charming record is a real pleasure to listen to."
Scott Templeton - Esperanto Magazine
Life Plays Out "This talented duo of Julz Parker and Leesa Gentz has been attracting a lot of attention lately, both on the local scene and internationally, and with the release of their stunning new album it's easy to see why. Hussy Hicks has a sound all of its own. The songs on this album are at the same time simple yet endlessly interesting and optimistic yet heartbreakingly honest and raw. It is an album written and sung from the heart, and the music has a real capacity to connect with something universal in each of us. The album is consistently strong, so there are many highlights, but real standouts include We Play Along, the exquisite and heartbreaking Transparent, Facades and Freakouts And Texas. This is an album that gets better and better with each listen. These girls are destined for huge things, and this important and powerful album is just the start for them."
Susan Jarvis - Country Capital News
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