When fate brought together two former musicians turned mums and housewives, Emilie Owen and Danni Carr, it seemed perfectly logical to the duo that they would soon be headlining major country music festivals together as Mr Cassidy. Part toothless Deliverance-style bluegrass, part Dolly Parton (minus the chest), and citing influences such as Gillian Welch, Kieren Kane and Patty Griffin, Mr Cassidy are yet to secure the festival headline gig, but it’s clear they have the chops to get there.
The duo had separately earned their musical stripes more than ten years ago – Emilie had much success in punk rock outfit Luxedo, their tracks becoming JJJ and European hits, but walked away from rock-star ambitions to raise a family with husband, Scott Owen of The Living End.
Danni’s past life in much-loved Melbourne folk band Sweet Painted Ladies also took a back seat to begin a family with bluesman Ash Grunwald.
A chance meeting while their husbands were jamming in Byron Bay saw the pair hatch a plan for country music world domination.
‘Emilie and I hadn’t even heard each other play but by the end of the conversation we decided that we would form a band and storm the country music circuit’, laughs Danni.
Mr Cassidy was formed that day, and has seen the pair develop a swag of edgy country music songs that will see them become firm favourites in the hearts of music lovers across Australia, and almost certainly get them that slot on the main stage very soon.
Mr Cassidy will play this weekend at the Sheoak Shack on Sunday and at least one of these girls’ lucky husbands will also make a guest appearance.