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20190102 Redhead Express2We’ve watched the Redhead Express grow and mature professionally as this talented group of young ladies has won our hearts during their visits to the Rio Grande Valley in their nationwide tours for the past 10 years. Their vocal harmonies are amazing, and their fans have been delighted to see them blossom from a sweet and talented “family band” that went to Nashville to highly polished performers who light up the stage with their music.

Now, the Redhead Express is taking their music to a whole new level. While in the past they have been a cover band, today they are recording and performing more of their own original music – much to the delight of their growing fan base.

Kendra is the oldest of the four sisters who are Redhead Express. She plays lead guitar and keys and she writes the band’s original music, helping the band develop their own brand. Their early study of mountain music along with their acoustic instruments suggests an American Folk influence. However, Kendra's vocal influences are quite varied, reaching into jazz, blues, rock, pop and both early and modern country music. Some refer to Redhead Express as Folk-Rock or Folk-Pop while others like the Alternative Country label.

Recently, the band adopted a new name as the “PaperDolls” as part of their effort to repackage the group’s image for their new folk-rock sound. The change has been so well received that they were invited to perform at the White House during Christmas this year.

20190102 Redhead Express 1“There were something like 500 submissions for a chance to perform and we were chosen. That was exciting,” Kendra said. “That band is made more for original music.”

While in the Valley, audiences will have the opportunity to hear the group play a combination of originals along with the wide variety of other songs from many different genres.

“We encourage people to come because there’s something for everybody,” Kendra said. “Our shows are harmony driven and we do something for everybody for every age group and we are a high energy show.”

The other members of the band include LaRae, who plays the banjo and says she was influenced by a wide variety of groups from Journey and ABBA to the Dixie Chicks and Keith Urban. Alisa is the fiddle player, mandolinist and generally low-harmony singer for the group while Meghan, the youngest of the group, sings high harmony and some lead and plays the bass.

In addition to the four girls, three boys have been added to the band, bringing a bigger, fuller sound and more variety to their performances. Younger brothers Joseph and Ammon play the drums and keys and Zachary plays electric guitar.

Although they did not perform in the Valley last season, the Redhead Express family looks forward to coming down this season to the people who have received them so well in the past – even naming them the Valley Star Awards’ Family Band of the Year.

20190102 Redhead Express 4“We’re excited about coming back to the Valley,” Kendra said. “The people are wonderful, the weather is great, and we have a great time.”
The group will be performing only three shows in the RGV this season. And who knows if they’ll be back next year as the band grows in popularity.

Redhead Express will perform Jan. 14 at Winter Ranch, Alamo, phone 956-783-4587; Jan. 18 at Oleander Acres, Mission, phone 956-585-9093; and Jan. 21 at Victoria Palms in Donna, phone 956-782-3263. All shows begin at 7 p.m. Advance tickets are recommended. For advance tickets, contact the RV resort directly.

For more information about Redhead Express, or to listen to or purchase their music, visit www.redheadexpress.com. Their songs can also be purchased on most digital platforms including iTunes, Spotify and Pandora.

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