Roxie Watson is a five-piece string band that blends gorgeous vocal harmonies and stellar songs. The group formed in 2007 as a just-for-kicks opportunity for long-time friends Beth Wheeler “BWhee,” Lenny Lasater, Linda Bolley, Sonia Tetlow and Beck Shaw.
Tetlow says, “I guess the main thing about this band is that it didn’t start out trying to be a band; it was just some friends sitting around and making music for fun.”
She explains, “BWhee thought we should take it a step further, so she built a stage on the back of her Ford F150. We played while rolling around on her truck in parades around Atlanta.”
“Georgia parades are really short,” Tetlow says, “so one time we just kept playing while a friend drove us up the road after a Halloween parade. We got flagged down by a couple of women dressed as bees who invited us to follow them to their house. We ended up playing in their driveway while they brought out sandwiches and beers.”
Tetlow, a native of New Orleans and Tulane graduate, played bass for Cowboy Mouth before leaving the band in 2007. Tetlow says, “I brought the gals down to record on my solo record last year and we came back to record Roxie Watson’s third record.” Tetlow’s record, Own Way Home, was released on Threadhead Records to excellent reviews last year. Songs from Hell’s Hollow was recorded and mixed at the Music Shed.
Roxie Watson has found its own sound with unique harmonies and arrangements. All five women write the songs. They keep the focus on being silly, and being serious, but mostly just being human.
Tetlow discussed the band’s growth that’s occurred in such a short period of time: “It’s kind of amazing that we could go from the back of BWhee’s truck to opening for the Indigo Girls and Del McCoury and releasing our third CD. But it’s just kind of evolved. Our mantra is music and friends first, and try not to worry too much about the rest.”
The CD release show is at Chickie Wah Wah on March 22. CDs will be available at Louisiana Music Factory.