Southerland Ayers are an eclectic folk duo consisting of Mick Southerland and Kaylee Ayers, Mick is a supremely talented multi-instrumentalist and is the band’s primary songwriter. Over the past 20 years he has developed his craft in the Austin music scene and in that time he has mastered re-creating an old-school pop vibe with melancholic lyrics, while still keeping it fresh.
In Mick’s early career, he shared stages with beloved local indie acts such as Spoon and Ghostland Observatory. He has also opened for a range of bands from No Doubt to Fishbone. Through his live performance career, he picked up some rough habits that lead him to rehab in Arizona multiple times. By the seventh trip, he decided to make a change and tell his own musical story rather than supporting others.
However he knew he couldn’t do it alone, and fast realised he needed a duet partner: “After six months into recording, I realized that in order to touch people like Gram Parsons did, I needed my Emmylou Harris,” Mick says. Thankfully he met Kaylee Ayers at a show at the Bucksnort Saloon in the small town of Marlin, Texas. “She asked if I could play a sublime song, so she could sing it. And I did,” Mick recalls. “We had an instant connection.”
Kaylee grew up in Maine with a turbulent past that can be heard in her incredible voice. She has been on her own since she was 16 and moved to Marlin, Texas in her early 20s to live with her grandmother.
Having formed almost a year ago, Mick and Kaylee blend folk, rock and pop to create a truly unique sound that belongs solely to Southerland Ayers. Their natural chemistry and musical compatibility have created a lot of beautiful music in their very little time as a duo. Their debut EP, ‘Ghost in this House’, was recorded in only a few months and is a collection of standout tracks.
And now Southerland Ayers have shared a playful and fun-loving music video for their new single “Great Flight Home.” The 70s mash-up style clip features band members Mick Southerland and Kaylee Ayers performing, laughing, and having a great time while dressed in kooky outfits, including a fluffy fur hat.
Here at CelebMix we are delighted to bring you the exclusive premiere of the official music video right here:
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