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The Jensen Sisters are making their way to country music in a big way. Kendra and Kansas are not your regular teenagers. Yes they are still in school and live the small town life, but they are making big moves in country music. It is this shift in lifestyle that has led them to their upcoming EP “Highway Hippie”.
“Homesick Hearted” off the coming EP is what we are here to celebrate today. This single hits home to The Jensen Sisters. “Homesick Hearted” represents one of the hardest parts of their new career in music and life in general. It’s a story of leaving the comfort and familiarity of what you have always known. I had the opportunity to speak with The Jensen Sisters about this very topic and a few others.
We here at Southern Fellow feel that is an honor to be part of this journey that Kendra and Kansas are on. We would like to welcome The Jensen Sisters to the Southern Fellow family. Please check out our featured recipes that remind us of home. Also look for the giveaway at the bottom. Here is our interview with The Jensen Sisters.
Tell us about your road to country music.
We always say when it comes to country music we’re fans first and musicians second. We grew up in a house surrounded by music, our parents always had the radio on. They really taught us to explore our options and encourage us to listen to more than just top 40 music. So when we started singing, that love for music was already there, it just took a different form.
Describe the perfect country song.
Well we think the perfect country & western song has to say something about mama, or trains, or trucks or prison, or getting drunk. But in all honesty, we think the perfect country song is anything that’s written with a lot of heart. It should paint a picture and make you feel something.
If you could not play music, what career path would each of you be looking at?
That’s a good question! We’re both currently going to school so it’s something we’ve thought about quite a bit. We both feel that if we weren’t doing music as performers we’d still be working in the industry some way. Kansas loves graphic design and dreams about designing stadium tours. Kendra is really interested in the actual business side of music and thinks it would be so cool to work for a record label or publishing company some day.
How do you balance your school and music career?
Well… sometimes we don’t. Haha! Kansas takes school very seriously and although she has to miss class quite a bit, she still makes her school work a big priority. Kendra is a freshman in college and has a more flexible schedule which allows her to focus more on the music. It’s definitely not always easy and sometimes you have to multitask Kendra literally took her semester finals in the studio while recording the EP.
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We are always developing recipes here at Southern Fellow; when writing music, what recipe do ya’ll use?
We think songwriting is kinda like that old fashioned way of cooking, a dab of this a pinch of that. For us, songs always find us in different ways. Maybe the melody will hit first or one of us says something that sparks a hook. Regardless, our songs always center around the way we’re feeling in the moment.
What game or movie universe would you most like to live in?
Kendra said Gone with the Wind. After thinking about it though maybe it wouldn’t be the smartest thing to live during the Civil War era but she said she would risk it just to wear one of Scarlet O’Hara’s dresses. Haha! Kansas chose The Wizard of Oz. She see’s herself connecting with Glinda the Good witch on a personal level. Forget the ruby slippers, all she wants is Toto.
What is your first fond memory of food?
For both of us, the memory of our whole family gathering at our grandparents Minnesota farmhouse for Sunday dinners is probably our first fond memory of food. Southern food is great, but there’s something about rich northern dishes. Lots of butter and cream. If you can’t tell we’re very Scandinavian. Haha!
What are the first 5 songs on your favorite playlist?
Oh gosh, we could probably name our top 50 haha, but if we both had to choose just 5 in no particular order Kendra’s would be 9 to 5 by Dolly Parton, Are You Ready For the Country by Waylon Jennings, Traveler by Chris Stapleton, Beast of Burden by The Rolling Stones, and Vienna by Billy Joel. Kansas’s would be On the Hunt by Lynyrd Skynyrd, Don’t you think this Outlaw Bits Done Got Out of Hand by Waylon Jennings, Compared to a Soul by The Steel Woods, It’s a long way to the Top by AC/DC, and Night Moves by Bob Segar and The Silver Bullet Band.
Try these recipes that will remind you of home!
Grandma’s Sour Cream Pound Cake
Our Secret Family BBQ Sauce
If y’all wrote a song about food, what would it be about?
Haha! If we were writing a feel good song it would be about popcorn, cause who doesn’t feel good when they’re eating it? If we were writing a ballad it would be a real sad tune about the way you feel when someone else eats the last bowl of cereal. We may or may not have gotten into physical altercations in the past over the last bowl of captain crunch.
What does the coming year look like for you?
Well I don’t think we can really answer that. We’ve never really planned anything out this far, so why start now? We’ll be out on the road playing music this summer and then back to work making more music after that.
What is something you think everyone should do once in their life?
Drastically change their hair color or go to the Minnesota State Fair. Those things have nothing to do with each other but you could probably do both at the same time.
What inspired y’all to write “Homesick Hearted”?
Simply put, the thought of us having to leave our home. We’re at the point in our lives where we have to start thinking about growing up. Whether we’re leaving to go off to college or going off to peruse our dreams, it’s something that is definitely bitter sweet.
What hobby or interest do you each have that most people do not know about?
Well Kendra calls herself an old lady. Haha, she loves to read and cross stitch, I don’t think many people know that. Kansas is a very talented artist. If she’s not singing she’s probably painting or drawing.
Is there anything else you want your family at Southern Fellow to know?
I don’t think so, all these questions have been so much fun! The only thing we would add is that the whole Highway Hippie EP comes out May 31st, and people can preorder it on iTunes!
We again would like to welcome The Jensen Sisters to the Southern Fellow. The ladies are going to be rocking country music for a long time to come. Make sure you add “Homesick Hearted” and all there music to your playlist. Thank you for tuning in for this special edition of Feed the Band. We will see you nest time!