In the short span of less than a year, Murfreesboro’s Rhythm Kitchen has become one of the hottest bands on the local scene.
Murfreesboro‚Äôs Rhythm Kitchen
The group is composed of members Heather Moulder and Skylar Gregg who had their first gig together around Christmas in 2010. Shortly after, they enlisted the help of Joey Fletcher on guitar and Jake Winebrenner on drums.
With this arrangement, they created an artistic blend of Tennessee blues and soul that will rival most flair this side of the Mississippi.
The name, Rhythm Kitchen, suggest a down-home, vintage feel and this transcends through each member and the group’s traditional and time-honored sound. Springing up from communities such as Woodbury, Lebanon and Christiana as well as Murfreesboro, it is evident that all members have an affinity for roots music and embrace its importance.
And something else you may notice quickly is the group has two female lead singers with Moulder and Gregg.
“I think it’s not the norm. There are other female groups that sing together. But it’s different to walk in a bar and see two girls singing,” Gregg said.
“Initially it was kind of hard. We had to learn our place with our vocals,” Moulder added.
With all its girl power, the group does maintain a positive chemistry and lets the gentlemen have their place as well.
“Joey adds a lot because he is a really talented guitar player. He has a lot of ideas and is very creative,” Gregg said.
“I feel like we hang out a lot and that makes the music space be a lot easier. Both Jake and Joey bring good ideas to the table. We’ve learned to be good listeners,” Moulder added.
Although playing together for a short time, the group does have several goals for the new year including a new album and several more shows dates.
They are currently in the process of recording with anticipation of a late 2012 release for a full-length record.
“We’re working with Steve Mayo. We already have seven or eight songs written already, and we’re looking for an old school feel and will record live. We’re using vintage microphones and vintage gear to account for flavor,” Gregg said.
Rhythm Kitchen has played several Murfreesboro gigs over the past year including Taste of Stones River, Project Help and Local Color. And if by chance you attended then they probably caught your eye.
“I would like to get outside of Nashville and Murfreesboro to stretch our fan base. We’d like to get into the festival scene for the summer," Gregg said.
Currently, the group is taking it easy with some downtime as their drummer is on the road. For more information on Rhythm Kitchen and to hear songs from the band, visit rhythm-kitchen.com.