The Going Jessies embody everything there is to know about a good song. No smoke and mirrors, just pure honesty. The truth wrapped in a melody.
— Arkansas singer-songwriter Trey Johnson
 James Breeding-drums, percussion

James Breeding-drums, percussion

 Derek Wood-vocals, guitar

Derek Wood-vocals, guitar

 Angela Paradis-vocals, bass

Angela Paradis-vocals, bass

Short Bio

The Going Jessies is an Americana band from central Arkansas that capitalizes on the pleasant harmonies created by the uniquely compatible voices of Derek Wood (vocals/guitar/keys) and his partner, Angela Paradis (vocals/bass). Along with longtime friend and drummer James Breeding (drums/percussion), the trio melds a traditional singer-songwriter quality with a diverse array of musical influences to produce a sound described by one local music promoter as “country soul”.

The band released its first EP, Let’s Go, in March of 2017 and plans to be back in the studio again in 2018 to work on a full length album drawing on decades of both old and new material written by Wood, whose style has been informed over the years by such artists as Guy Clark, Lyle Lovett and Jeffrey Foucault.

Playing an eclectic mix of originals and atypical covers, The Going Jessies currently perform throughout the state of Arkansas at venues ranging from live music clubs to sidewalk festivals to the occasional living room.

A few tunes

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video clips

2018 East Village Food Truck Festival, cover of Ryan Adams’ New York, New York with guest guitarist Trey Johnson

16 Highway by Derek Wood, performed at the 2018 East Village Food Truck Festival with guest guitarist Trey Johnson

May 2018 Dunbar Garden acoustic show performing Moon by Derek Wood

Band Photos

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