Ladies Gun Club aims for the High Country
With a band name like Ladies Gun Club, you might think the acoustic duo of Sally Jaye and Sarah Roberts would sport a heavy, Guns 'n' Roses sound. Instead, they create acoustic Americana treasures in the tradition of Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris.
Ladies Gun Club will perform at the Boone Saloon on Thursday, June 9. The show starts at 10 p.m., when opening act Possum Jenkins takes the stage. Admission is $5 per person.
"We're doing an abbreviated tour of the Southeast this time, because I just had my first baby on Jan. 14, and he's coming with us on the trip," said Sally Jaye in a phone interview from her home in Los Angeles, Calif. "His name is Elijah, and he's the best baby in the world."
According to Jaye, she and Roberts began playing together last summer in Los Angeles.
"We started doing gigs together last July," Jaye said. "A mutual friend introduced us, and I went to see her play. At the time, I was getting ready to record a solo album in Asheville, so I called Sarah to see if she could come to North Carolina and sing some harmony vocals on the album."
The chemistry of their vocal blend was apparent from the get-go. With Jaye's lilting country voice and Roberts' soaring, Emmylou-esque high notes, the two voices give Ladies Gun Club a distinct and recognizable sound.
After recording Jaye's solo album, the pair returned to Los Angeles, where Jaye was performing as part of a residency at the famous Room Five.
"I said, 'Let's do some of these shows together and see what happens,'" Jaye said.
The two singers bonded and found that they even had complimentary performing skills on guitar and mandolin.
"I'm really pleased with the new EP," Jaye said. "It is all originals by the two of us, with one cover called 'Loaded Gun,' which was written by Brian Wright. He's my baby daddy."
Although the ladies in Ladies Gun Club are now based in L.A., both have roots in the Southeast. Roberts is from Raleigh, and Jaye is from Georgia.
"I have been attracted to the North Carolina music scene since I was in high school," Jaye said. "Western North Carolina is the place I love to go the most."
The current Ladies Gun Club tour has the pair performing in Boone, Asheville, Wilkesboro, Liberty, Va., and Aberdeen.
"We've been playing a lot of roots music and Americana festivals out west, and that has really exposed us to new audiences," Roberts said. "We've been finding a lot of new fans that have contacted us online."
The timeless nature of the Ladies Gun Club sound is finding fans in both the country and folk camps, and it's a timelessness on which you can find the fingerprints of singer-songwriters, such as Townes Van Zandt.
"Oh, I love Townes Van Zandt," Jaye said. "I listen to him just about every day. If I could write song like his, I would be in heaven."
For more information on the Ladies Gun Club performance in Boone, call the Boone Saloon at (828) 264-1811. Find Ladies Gun Club online at ladiesgunclub.com.