Carly Gibson and Hannah Zale have joined forces, and they are already leaving their mark on the Georgia music scene as Indie Rock/Americana supergroup, THE PUSSYWILLOWS (TPW). Individually, these women are exceptionally strong performers and songwriters; together, they are positively formidable. The Pussywillows, in short, are: sweet and savory; sultry and fresh; pure.
Hannah Zale has a diverse background in music, beginning her career in Warner Robins, GA performing in over 30 musicals throughout her life. Hannah competed in the Miss America Organization as a teen, where she learned how to command a stage and stand out in a crowd. In her recent college years, Hannah’s band, Boomfox, was one of the most successful young acts in Athens, earning the support of local heroes like David Lowery of Cracker and Julian Dorio of The Whigs. She has opened for The Revivalists and Bright Light Social Hour and has performed alongside Lera Lynn and Moon Taxi at Bragg Jam Festival 2015. Hannah is currently touring with her aptly named band, ZALE, promoting her recently released debut solo album “Fortress” (available online – zalemusic.com). It is clear when you hear Zale that the girl has “IT,” which in this case has been described as “…a fiery combination of soul, grit, and Jack Daniels Honey.” Pour yourself a second glass and multiply that warm and happy feeling by two when Carly is standing on stage beside her.
In the music world, Carly Gibson is what you would call a triple threat: she not only composes soulful and sophisticated music, she also sings beautifully and plays a mean guitar. Think biological lovechild of Susan Tedeschi and Hendrix, but raised by Joni Mitchell and Stevie Ray Vaugn. She has developed a substantial reputation for her lead chops on her Fender Stratocaster electric guitar. Carly’s solo music resonates with the flavors that reflect her own diverse musical tastes and influences. Rock, jazz, folk, blues, Americana, bluegrass and funk all find their place in her repertoire. Carly has opened for or shared the stage with such musical luminaries as Geoff Acheson, Glen Phillips, Randall Bramblett, Caroline Aiken, Grayson Capps, Chris Hicks (Marshall Tucker Band), Michael Tolcher, Sister Sparrow and The Dirty Birds, and more.
The Pussywillows are perfect harmony in motion. Balance is their greatest quality; they weave in and out of each other’s melodies seamlessly. At times throughout their set, listeners cannot tell who is singing which line, creating an almost subconscious, fascinating game. Their music is beautiful yet haunting; though soft at times, it always takes the listener back to a hard beating pulse surrounded by nasty electric guitar. The best friends push and pull each other and their audiences through intricately constructed sonic spaces showcasing carefully cultivated lyrics that both evoke and provoke listeners into a daydream in which you can simultaneously catch cotton candy by sticking out your tongue and stomp proudly through alligator infested swamps in high-heeled leather boots. Sass and class, and a little something special are what this duet possesses. Although not sisters by blood, the young women’s connection and voices suggest otherwise. For music and more visit www.thepussywillows.com.
The Pussywillows passionately blend a bit of each of these musical styles into their music and forge them into something powerfully beautiful. Hannah Zale’s vocals are strong and she uses them to lift you off your feet or to dig deep down into your soul. Carly Gibson is captivating as she shreds on guitar and has a voice that simmers like the hot coals in a bonfire. Together the pair are a great duo with harmonies that blend perfectly and their original music highlights each of their talents.
– Libro Musica
Carly and Hannah will be the duo to watch. They may be the next great duo from ATL. They are the complete package: singers/songwriters/musicians — with an amazing on stage presence!
– Steve Grossman, Steve’s Live Music
Dirty South TV recently had the pleasure of having Carly Gibson and Hannah Zale on one of our music television shows “The Acoustic Lunch Hour.” They arrived to the set early, and ready for anything that we needed of them sound check, lighting check etc. They were very easy to work with, very professional and had a very happy and positive demeanor all afternoon. During the sound check their vocal capabilities, range, tone, harmonics and harmonizing had every jaw in the room on the floor. It was literally amazing what came out of those two young ladies. Very rarely will you know a singer that is really good and unique, with a sound and technique all their own sing with another vocalist and reward everyone who hears them so richly. The matching and weaving of harmonics was astounding. Two singers truly committed to the music together. We would gladly go and see either of these young ladies by themselves–but together, together we would be the first in the building. We would welcome Carly Gibson and Hannah Zale on any of our TV shows in the future, and we cannot wait to hear them sing together again.
– Giuseppe Colato, Dirty South TV