The Crazy Daysies are a local Americana/country band made up of Rebecca Day and Jen Day-Thompson. They grew up in South Carolina, but have called Jacksonville their home since 2002. The sisters co-write their songs, with Rebecca on acoustic guitar and Jen harmonizing with her on viola.
All answers are from Rebecca unless otherwise noted.
Void: What album do you listen to when you’re getting ready for a show?
Robert Johnson: The Complete Recordings
For me, I try and stay calm and focused, and old Delta blues puts me in the perfect mood to perform. The vintage, analog recordings take me back to a time I have a deep affinity for. Blues musicians from the early 20th century have such rawness in their playing abilities and lyrics. They lived a life most would not survive, and they sacrificed heavily for their art. I’m from South Carolina, where my love for blues music originated. Hearing those vintage recordings transports me to the heat, grittiness and heaviness of the Carolina swamps. I often call on memories and nostalgia as inspiration for performing shows and writing music and Robert Johnson, who has been coined the king of Delta blues, is the perfect songwriter for me to draw that inspiration from.
When you’re driving/on a road trip?
Janis Joplin: Pearl
I recently took a road trip with my mom and we could not get enough Janis Joplin. My mom introduced me to her from a young age, and her powerful vocals and edginess have stayed with me in my journey as a vocalist and songwriter. Her album, Pearl, in my humble opinion is one of the greatest albums ever to be recorded in modern music history. The tightness of her band and her commanding personality reach through the speakers and grab you. When you hear songs like “Cry Baby” and “Me and Bobby McGee,” you are transported back in time and you can almost see life through a different filter. She was a trail blazer and Pearl will always be in my musical collection.
On a Sunday morning (meaning a chill day)?
Dwight Yoakam: Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc.
Rebecca and Jen: Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc. is one of my favorite country albums, and it is definitely one I put on when I want to relax, unwind and have a good day. Some Sundays we have a moment to relax, but as musicians, often that doesn’t come until Monday. When we were growing up, our mom and dad would often play this record on a Saturday while we cleaned the house, cooked a big breakfast and spent time as a family. That is definitely a tradition we’ve carried over into adulthood. Dwight Yoakam is one of those artists we’ve quite literally grown up with and his sultry vocals and powerful songwriting make for the perfect Sunday morning soundtrack.
At a beach day/BBQ?
Nelly: “Country Grammar”
Rebecca and Jen: We have had many a beach and BBQ day here in Florida since moving to the Sunshine State, and our two absolute favorite albums to spin whether we are poolside, lakeside or beachside are Country Grammar by Nelly and Get Rich or Die Tryin‘ by 50 Cent. The tracklist on both of those albums is one long party and our friends always love it when we play both. It takes us all back to when we were growing up and life was so much simpler and beach days and pool days were far more common. Nelly and 50 Cent have long been two of our favorite artists, and these albums never fail to get the party started.
When you’re showing someone your music taste?
Lead Belly: Blues Essentials
The first album I’d pull up for someone who was curious about my musical tastes would be Blues Essentials featuring Lead Belly. It might surprise the person who is asking me, but hands down, he, in my eyes, is the pinnacle songwriter. Most don’t realize the influence he’s had on the generations of artists after him, and his songs have been covered again and again. I constantly have his music on in the background no matter what I’m doing and his booming voice and haunting lyrics stay with me during a thunderstorm, the heat of the summer, and the stillness of an increasingly hard to come by quiet night.
Sturgill Simpson: Metamodern Sounds in Country Music
Sturgill Simpson’s Metamodern Sounds in Country Music and A Sailor’s Guide to Earth are two albums that hit me right in the gut, in a good way. As an independent artist in today’s industry, I relate poignantly with the road Simpson has taken, refusing to sacrifice authenticity to make a dollar. He bucks the system, could care less if Nashville loves him, and is a genuine misfit. That is what makes his songs so appealing to me. In today’s cookie-cutter country culture, he’s a sturdy, brick house with classic lines and historic architecture amidst a suburb of white, fenced-in houses that all look the same.
Pistol Annies: Hell on Heels
Pistol Annies’ debut album Hell on Heels released several years ago, was a game changer. It, even if just for a moment, let the Nashville suits know that music has always been made up of women who lead imperfect lives, and who aren’t afraid to sing about real life problems. Songs such as “Housewife’s Prayer” draw from everyday problems country music listeners have always gravitated towards because it represents reality, not escapism. “Takin’ Pills” can be a painfully accurate description of what tour life is really like, not the glamorous facade which is marketed to demographics to perpetuate some mysterious life artists supposedly lead. Songs such as “Boys From the South” and “Bad Example” offset the heaviness of the other tracks and describe a love for all of the different types of men who make up the South, and the rambling ways of the women who make up the supergroup (Pistol Annies). The individual tracks of the album leave the listener with a well-rounded, full spectrum look into the complexities, simplicity and highs and lows of a Southern woman.
Listen to the Crazy Daysies on Spotify or on their website.