August 29, 2020 8:30 pm
Gypsy Outfit has established themselves as one of north Georgia’s favorite and fastest-growing original bands, capable of making listeners feel bouts of nostalgia for a time they might not have even been alive. They like to describe their sound as Americana Soul, however; once you hear their debut album “1969” you’ll find that their sound transcends many genres. Their first single “If We’re Gonna Leave” is a genuine earworm and has generated a great deal of buzz amongst their loyal fans. You can count on it to close out each set and subsequently be stuck in your head for days to come. In September 2019, ready to answer the flood of requests for recordings of their songs, Gypsy Outfit sought out the help and expertise of producer/engineer and owner of West End Sound, Tom Tapley. Tucked back into west Atlanta’s warehouse district, Tapley and the Gypsies found the inspiration to lay down 13 tracks in 3 days and breathed a whole new life into the original vision for the album.
The group’s zeal for harmony and dynamics is laced in every minute as you’ll find an adventure in not only listening to the album as a whole, (which is highly recommended,) but also in each individual song. The songs ‘Musician’s Story” and “Chasin’ the Moon Again” might be similar in subject matter, but both paint very different pictures of a life lived on the road. While one cheerfully awakens a desire to hop on the next train and see the sights, the latter is evoking a deeper emotion of loneliness on an infinite and almost cosmic highway. It should be no surprise that the band whose influences defined their parent’s generation would aim for a nostalgic sentiment sonically, and Gypsy Outfit has very much achieved this with a combination of tried-and-true techniques, surprising and unusual experiments, and an army of rare vintage equipment in their arsenal.
The album has been a nine year labor of love for guitarist/vocalist and primary songwriter, Brandon Maddox. He recalls having written a plucky piece called “Neon’s Glow” in 2011 and performing it and many others as a solo act. He knew one day it would end up on a record but no amount of dreaming and envisioning could prepare him for the transformation that would take place in the following years. In 2017 vocalist/violinist Kate Lovely joined the project and began adding fiddle parts to Maddox’s existing originals and thus, the band was born. The pair now plays shows and writes as a duo as well as fronting the band for their diverse and energetic performances.
For their first-ever full-band show together in June 2019, they took home a “win” from the Madlife Stage and Studio’s Battle of the Bands in Woodstock, GA and have been gaining speed ever since. They shared the stage with national Americana Rock touring act Josh Nolan, headlined the Rome River District Music Festival, and made a memorable splash ringing in the new year at the Dallas Silver Comet Drop. Keep an eye out for Gypsy Outfit and their trusty wagon, Ramblin’ Rita, to be hitting the festival circuit in no time!