on The Eclectic Woman Show
Thursday, December 10, 2009 7:30pm
Megan and Millie met years ago on the windswept plains of southern Minnesota at Carleton College, but didn’t really begin singing together until they crossed paths a few years later living in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Megan hails from the cornfields of rural Illinois, and Millie from Waterford, Connecticut. But when the Midwestern farm girl started singing tunes in the New Englander’s kitchen in the heart of Cambridge, they realized that the music was more than the sum of its parts. At the same time, Millie’s exceptional writing talent finally found a genre to call home: song-writing.
The Don’t Tell Darlings play a mix of long-forgotten and well-remembered tunes, with a healthy scattering of Miss Millie's originals. Their new album, “Fix Your Wagon” weaves threads of the old-time, Western Swing, early country and blues, bluegrass, and jug band traditions. Imagine a Depression-era mix tape. At any given moment, the Darlings might be harmonizing like song birds, raising a proper ruckus, or both. In May 2009, C-Ville Weekly said of the Darlings: “These gals plug bull's-eyes on their banjo and guitar, set the woods on fire with their Hank Williams and Everly Brothers tunes, and play a "Cannonball Blues" that makes our knees knock together. The better for them to keep their rhythm."
When not playing music with each other or their new project, the Pitch-A-Biscuit Stringband (with Jeff York and Lew Burrus), Millie is teaching the literature of the ‘20’s and ‘30’s while she writes her dissertation to gain her PhD. in literature at University of Virginia. Megan is the Associate Director at Women’s Health Virginia, and spends a great deal of time zipping around on her vintage ‘80’s bicycle painted John Deere green. After a whirlwind tour this past June through New England, the Darlings are back in Charlottesville, and are hosting their CD release party on Friday December 18th at the Blue Moon Diner. You’ll want to be sure to be there, because with Megan on guitar and Millie on the banjo, they have a sound characterized by tight female harmonies and a penchant for songs that everybody know: these girls will fix your wagon, and that's a promise.