With their possessions crammed into a two-door Chevy Cavalier, Kate and Corey made the trip to Atlanta from Buffalo, N.Y., in pursuit of a shared dream: making it in the music industry.
The bluesy-Americana duo are somewhat of an anomaly in a profession run by agents, record labels and recording studios. For them, they don all those hats and more, acting as their own promoters, web designers and marketing managers while also singing and writing original music.
Their "DIY" approach has landed them a tour throughout the Southeast this fall, and they will be coming through Savannah on Sept. 27 for a show at The Sentient Bean before returning again in November.
In the midst of their busy schedule, DO caught up with the two-piece, who began their tour earlier this month in Chattanooga, Tenn.
DO: So, DIY. What's that mean for two musicians?
Corey: We're full-time working musicians. This is our day job and our night job and we write all of our own music, record our own albums and tour all over the Southeast right now.
Kate: It's taxing, for sure. I don't think people realize how much musicians actually have to do if they want to be successful.
Corey: Well, musicians who are doing it like this.
Kate: Well, yeah. You are your manager, you are your booking agent, you are your designer for your logo and posters and stuff. You have to wear many hats. Corey and I are lucky to have each other, who are both in it 400 percent.
But it's so much more than just the creative side of it, writing the songs and coming up with arrangements and putting on a good show and being talented.
Was it always like that, from the start?
Kate: We started out two years ago.
When we first started, we literally started out with nothing and quit our jobs and we ended up having to get a busking license and playing on the street for a little while in order to make rent and buy groceries. Then it quickly put a fire under our butts to get gigs. We came a long way in a short period of time.
Corey: We actually started because we were together (romantically). We were both musicians and one day we decided to sing a song together at home and thought, "We should probably pursue this." I've been a professional musician since I was 15 or so. I did the quintessential drop-out-of-school rock star thing or whatever. Right before we started I was in collections, for lack of a better term, and absolutely hated it.
Kate: He was absolutely miserable.
Corey: I'd always given other people the advice that if there's something you really want to do, don't give yourself a Plan B. And if you give yourself a Plan B, you'll do that plan.
Kate: While I was going to school, I worked at a hair salon and two weeks before graduation, they laid me off. I kinda fell into doing music full-time because I was in dance.
So when Corey had the opportunity to quit, I told him to do it and start doing music full-time together. We didn't have a plan to do music full-time, we just sort of did one day.
And y'all just got married! Congrats!
Kate: Yes. We've been together, romantically, for almost three years, and we just got married in June.
Having started out busking, what kind of advice could you give an up-and-coming street musician?
Corey: Make sure you get your license. The thing about busking is it can be a little soul-crushing, and really just keep creating an experience for people as they're walking by.
You're not going to have them for a few hours, but maybe 30 seconds, and you have to pack in that same experience.
Kate: One thing I remember we did was we always dressed nice. We wanted people to know that we weren't homeless - we were working.
I would suggest looking presentable like you would at a show.
Briefly, what could you say about your first album "You're Gonna Like Us" and your style?
Corey: We're a high-energy bluesy soulful Americana.
There's elements of country, R&B, folk, jazz and different things in there, but it's American music. At its root, it's very American.
Kate: It's truly American music. I think there's a story to be found in every single song.
IF YOU GO
What: Kate and Corey
When: 8-10 p.m. Sept. 27
Where: The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave.