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Faces to watch 2010: Jypsi

December 29, 2009 |  4:53 pm



How do you harness a band that sings and plays like the Carter Family -- if the pioneering country group had emerged in the Summer of Love rather than at the tail end of the Jazz Age? That's a puzzle a lot of music-biz types in Nashville have been trying to solve for a few years since Jypsi, the group comprising siblings Lillie Mae, Scarlett, Amber-Dawn and Frank Rische, set up camp and promptly tossed aside the country-music rule book at freewheeling marathon gigs at Layla's Bluegrass Inn downtown.

The outside world is catching on: A new track, "Lipstick," turned up recently on ABC's "Desperate Housewives." And audiences from Music City residents to those at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio seem to have little trouble connecting with the group's sizzling mix of country, folk, bluegrass and rock.

For their major-label debut, due sometime in 2010, the quartet has hooked up with Taylor Swift's co-producer, Nathan Chapman. Perhaps that's a sign that Jypsi's a-star-is-born lead singer, Lillie Mae, who is two years younger than the woman who currently holds the keys to the pop-country kingdom, will succeed her as crossover queen?

-- Randy Lewis 

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Photo:  Scarlett, Lillie Mae, Amber-Dawn and Frank Rische. Credit: Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times