Poster • album cover • One-sheet
Fusing funk and soul from various quadrants, the end result gives me a modern take on a Stax attack–and that’s a good thing… Solid writing smartly sung is what this is all about. Hot stuff. ~ Midwest Record
In The Press
- 2020 Blues Blast Music Award Winner!
- SWINGING IN THE SOUTH…
- Bman’s Blues Report – REVIEW
- Elmore Magazine reviews Alive
- Music On The Couch – Radio Show
- REVIEW – Springfield After Hours
- Sister Lucille: More Great Things Than They Wished For
- Midwest Record Reviews ‘Alive’
- Bandwagon Network Radio Reviews ‘Alive’
- Sister Lucille Wants to Play – Band Review
Hailing from Southwest Missouri and deeply inspired by the musical legacy of Memphis, Sister Lucille has turned the worlds of Blues, Roots and Soul on their collective head and created their own genre – Memphunk! Led by Kimberly Dill’s power-packed vocals and Jamie Holdren’s searing guitar work, the band’s head-turning live performances have been winning them fans across the south since forming the band in 2014. The spotlight has continued to shine brighter and brighter on the foursome as they advanced to the semi finals of the 2015 International Blues Challenge, and were voted “Most Promising New Artist” at the 31st Music Pioneer Awards in Memphis in 2016. Now, their debut album, Alive, sets that Memphunk template in stone with 11 tracks that touch your heart, stir your soul and shake your booty – often all at once!
Kimberly started her music career in the early ’90s singing Country music, eventually recording at the legendary Hilltop Studios in Nashville (with the equally legendary Brent Mason on guitar). That led to performing at both the Ryman Auditorium and the Grand Ole Opry opening for the iconic Kitty Wells and Jack Greene. But as time went by she found herself falling in love with old Blues/Roots standards, and the lure of the Blues put Country in the rearview mirror as a new musical direction took hold. Jamie Holdren got his first guitar at six years old and by his early teens was playing in local bands and on his way to becoming an accomplished songwriter. His skills eventually brought national touring offers but he opted to remain in Missouri to raise a family. Nearly two decades later, with an adult son now on his own, he and Kimberly fell in love hard and fast for the Memphis music scene. With a new fire eager to be stoked, Jamie rekindled his passion for guitar. He and Kimberly found themselves immersed in the Blues/Roots world and, soon after, Sister Lucille was born. After a few early lineup changes they settled in with the dynamic duo of Eric Gunn on bass and Kevin Lyons on drums, two musicians whose synergy from playing together for over 20 years creates an undeniably infectious groove. They are Sister Lucille and they are Memphunk to the BONE!
I’ve had the great pleasure of working in the studio with the Band Sister Lucille the past few months….producing vocals and such…Kim, Jamie, Eric and Kevin have done an amazing job capturing their groove on this project…(with Mike at the helm at Ardent!) I am proud to have been a part of these sessions and sincerely believe this recording will turn some heads! Thank you Kimberly and Band for working so damn hard and for allowing me to assist! Excited for everyone to hear this record and I sincerely believe it will blow your fans away!! Love y’all!
Didn’t want to disturb your vaycay vibe, but have news from our sept picnic committee meeting. You guys were the most commented on act of the Picnic….all rave reviews. Everyone reported how people were coming out of the buildings, class reunions, cantina, bar and off the midway to listen. All very positive reviews, and that never happens. They asked me to tell you how much they enjoyed you and to thank you. Congratulations on a great show and you will definitely be on the bring back list. Will consider for the feature show. Listened to a lot of music and been to a lot of live shows in all genres over 40 some years in radio. You guys have the goods and an incredible stage presence. Most all of the committee members have that kind of experience, too, and they are not ones to pull punches. Lol. Plus, people around here aren’t very nice in comments usually. We get happy if feedback is 50/50.
Lisa Anne Simmons Brown
El Dorado Springs Picnic