Up and coming female country duo, Jill and Kate, comprised of Jill Pickering and Kate Rapier are a force to be reckoned with. The talented duo are powerhouse singers and songwriters, as well as, co-hosts and creators of a successful podcast called ‘Girls Just Pod to Have Fun.’ On Friday night, attendees at Rockwood Music Hall in New York City were lucky enough to watch a live podcast taping for their second season, as well as, listen to the ladies perform some of their music.
The podcast is all about what happens when things don’t go according to plan and what keeps you going. It was inspired by Jill and Kate’s experiences, as they were beginning to feel stuck and defeated with their everyday lives in Nashville. They decided to sell all their belongings and go on an adventure of a lifetime, which they refer to as a “walkabout.”
At the beginning of the night, Kate explained to the audience more about their inspiration for starting a podcast, “There’s so many times in life where things don’t go the way you planned or you thought you’d be somewhere by now. Or for any myriad of reasons you end up and you’re feeling super depleted. And that’s what we were feeling […] For the last year and a half, we’ve been on this adventure/walkabout, where we started this podcast.”
After hitting it off great with Jill and Kate earlier that day, the women asked New York Country Swag’s own Stephanie Wagner and Christina Bosch to be guests on this episode of ‘Girls Just Pod to Have Fun.’ In the witty and insightful episode, Stephanie and Christina dish about how NY Country Swag started, what motivates them, their struggles, and why they love what they do, with, of course, some talk about the television shows ‘Friends’ and ‘Gilmore Girls’ thrown in there.
When Jill and Kate asked the NY Country Swag ladies about what’s been harder than they thought about starting a business, Stephanie shared some insight into her experience running a business, including peoples’ perception. “But it’s things that you don’t even realize are a struggle. […] We always say- we’ll like have a really cool, awesome opportunity, and people are like “you’re so lucky”. What is luck?! But you have no idea what went on to get that. It’s crazy, we were actually talking about it on the way here because we just set up one of our live sessions with an artist that we’re really really excited about that we can’t say yet […]. I was freaking out but then I was like this is what it all about, this is why I’m doing it. You really need to be passionate about what you do, otherwise, it’s never going to work. Listen to the full podcast here.
Jill and Kate are clearly passionate about connecting with people throughout all sorts of creative outlets, including their podcast and their music. After the podcast, the songstresses played several songs, mesmerizing fans with their beautiful harmonies, honest and raw lyrics, and down to earth personalities.
The duo began their set, singing their newly released single, “Better.” The jam is all about connections and the power of partnership and community. The talented artists also sang their songs “Skinny Jeans,” “Heart of Stone,” and What Do You Say?” among many others.
Engaging the audience all night long, the singers switched gears, deciding to sing Britney Spears’ song “Baby One More Time,” sharing “This is fun! This is pretty much my dream night- recording a podcast, playing a show. But we’re also going to play some songs that we didn’t write, and we’re going to need your help with this one!”
The ladies also sang their powerful song, “Same Side.” The track speaks to the message that “We need more love to beat the hate,” adding that we need to remember that we’re all on the same side and to work together to promote change and happiness for all. However, the highlight of their performance was when the duo sang their ballad “Nashville.” The track is a deeply personal song, penned by the ladies about needing a break from a place or a person, who is no longer serving you or your soul. It’s heartbreakingly beautiful and emotional, but one of the most well crafted and vocally delivered songs out there.
The night was truly a night to remember for the intimate crowd at Rockwood, as well as for us at New York Country Swag. Jill and Kate are truly unique talents and creatives both as a duo and as individuals. We look forward to continuing to champion their music careers.
Make sure to keep Jill and Kate on your radar! You can download their newly released single “Better,” available everywhere you buy or stream music and listen to their podcast “Girls Just Pod to Have Fun’ via the podcast application. Stay tuned for next week’s episode, featuring our Founder, Stephanie and Managing Editor, Christina!
Plus, don’t miss our live Swag Session with the girls in the video below.
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