On the Run With the Highway Sisters

Kindred spirits, Amelia Presley and KK Bodiford, share an unconventional sisterly bond. Their unique personalities couldn’t be any further apart, yet, they’re connected in nearly every manner. When a previous band venture didn’t quite pan out, the Highway Sisters relied on each other…and where they ended up is possibly the happiest place they could’ve imagined.

Now armed with their brand new EP, Smoke & Mirrors, the Highway Sisters are on the run setting the country ablaze and not looking back. Soulful harmonies roaring with passion, heartfelt songwriting and relatable self-awareness are just a few of the wonderful qualities found in Smoke & Mirrors. The five-track album rolls from deep and spiritual at times to inspiring and comical at others, all the while remaining genuinely authentic to its Texas Country roots. However, even through their emotive songwriting, these two ladies still can’t quite explain exactly how they’re so connected to one another. But, thank God the Highway Sisters found each other and can celebrate life’s beauty so eloquently through their music.

We had a chance to speak with the Texas Country outlaws during their Smoke & Mirrors tour. Read what the Highway Sisters had to say about their time on the run below.


The story behind the Highway Sisters is “deep, comical and inspiring.” Can you elaborate on how the two of you came together and became known as the modern day Thelma and Louise?

We have a connection both musically and spiritually that is beyond anything that either of us have experienced. We were brought together for a different band and instantly bonded as if we had known each other forever. There was a point when we both knew we wanted to move onto a duo, just the two of us. We experienced a lot of negativity in the former band, and decided to make lemonade out of the lemons we were dealt. Thank goodness we did, because our journey has taken such a positive turn. The name “Highway Sisters” was purposely created based on the fact that we truly are just like sisters. We believe people call us the “Modern day Thelma & Louise” because of our two completely different personalities, yet connected in every way. We love to write and perform together, laugh like crazy, finish each others’ sentences, and truly lift one another up….despite our silly sisterly banter on and off stage!

What has been the most important thing you have each learned from one another since joining forces?

No matter where you’re from, what your passions are, who you are or what you want out of life, as long as you live with the ultimate goal of lifting others up and inspiring, you will all succeed together!

Smoke and Mirrors presents a beautiful contrast of heartfelt songwriting detailed with sparkling melodies. Was it difficult finding a balance between the deep songwriting and the overall upbeat tone of the album?

We are so proud of our first EP together, because it was truly our heart and soul without overthinking any part of it. It is easy to get lost in the mechanics of writing or recording, but we let our experiences and heart do all of the work. Our producer, Eric McKinney of Wonderland Studios in Austin, Texas, made the experience better than we could ever imagine. He truly gave us the organic canvas to enhance our authenticity through the music we created in the studio together!

Writing the lead single “Papa” from a father/son perspective provides an interesting twist. Can you elaborate on the inspiration behind the song and it’s perspective?

KK was the songwriter on “Papa.” She was inspired by another individual’s story of their Papa/Son relationship and special journey together. We were both equally connected to the song because of our own relationships with our hard-working papas, and felt it was the perfect song to complete our EP.

Congratulations, KK. Will “Mama” possibly be a single on the next project?

(KK): Thank you so much!! My husband, Chris, and I found out that we will be having a son in December! It’s funny that every time Amelia and I perform “Papa” on stage, I always feel him kick right before the finale line. It also makes me choked up a bit thinking about Chris and the future bond with his first boy. I’m getting choked up right now as I’m answering your question, lol! As far as “Mama” being a future song…It wouldn’t surprise me. The most important thing to Amelia and I are our families. She has 2 children as well, and being a mama is what inspires us the most! People used to say that you can’t be a singer/songwriter/artist if you have children and aren’t super young. In our own lives, we couldn’t imagine the opposite. Our children and experiences over the years are the core foundation of our lyrics and melodies!

What have you enjoyed most about being on the road and have there been any interesting stories you’d care to share from the current Smoke and Mirrors tour?

We have enjoyed just about every moment on the road together. The best is that we get to have a sidekick no matter where we go! There are so many interesting stories from our “Smoke & Mirrors” tour, that we don’t even know where to start! One of the most amazing moments was playing the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. It was such an honor to perform on the stage that so many legends have performed. Something hilarious that recently happened was in Pennsylvania. The President of the festival took us hunting at his ranch. Both of us were successful in our ram hunt. But because KK is pregnant, she has to potty often. She decides to ask the guide to walk ahead so she could squat in the woods. Right about then, the President drives down on his 4-wheeler. It may have been horrible timing, but we couldn’t stop laughing! That really is what we love the most about this tour, and just being together, is how much fun we have. You’ll have to check out our “Highway Sisters” YouTube channel, and there are so many documented stories that truly represent what we’re about….And we’re pretty sure you will be laughing with us! 🙂

Be sure to catch the Highway Sisters tonight at Saxon Pub and for additional info and tour dates visit https://www.highwaysisters.com/.


Beth // James at The Saxon Pub

Thank goodness for Tuesday night jam sessions in ‘The Live Music Capital’ and what better place to spend an evening than Austin’s iconic Saxon Pub with alternative folk-pop duo, Beth // James. This harmonious nu-folk couple is the product of two award winning musicians, Jordan Burchill and Mikaela Kahn whose debut EP, All In Life, was recognized as ‘Standout EP of 2017’ by the Austin American-Statesman. “Beth // James navigates effortlessly among American music traditions, rooted in storytelling, but with added indie pop/rock elements, intricate guitar work and arresting harmony.”

The dou’s standout EP, All In Life, is available now via Bandcamp, iTunes, Spotify, and all that good stuff. You can catch Beth // James next on Jan. 28th at The Music House Live Series presented by Anna Larson of The Wheelwrights.

For additional information and show dates visit https://www.bethjamesband.com/.

But for now, you can enjoy the images below from Beth // James at Saxon Pub captured by Anie Walsh.

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Photos by: Anie Walsh