The Going Jessies is a lyric-driven 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’s self-recorded EP, Let’s Go, hit the market in March of 2017, and they are currently working on a full length studio 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. The first two singles for the new project, “Because of You” and “I Like to Pretend, were digitally released on February 14th and April 15th, 2019 respectively.
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.