Melissa and Jimmy Rea Sing For Their Supper
Melissa (Lily Bee and The Pollinators) and Jimmy Rea (The HillBenders) make their official debut as a married duo this weekend.
Melissa (Lily Bee and The Pollinators) and Jimmy Rea (The HillBenders) make their official debut as a married duo this weekend. The appearance begins at 3:15 p.m. on Saturday in the middle of Singing For Their Supper, which benefits the Good To Go Mobile Soup Kitchen.
417: Is your home ever free from song?
Melissa: Our home is never free from song and we love it! It comes in all forms: rehearsing for shows, practicing instruments, evaluating mixes on Jimmy's recording projects, spinning old vinyl, radio (Prairie Home Companion is my favorite), and listening to our favorite local artists. Thanks to our son Archie, we could also sing you nearly any PBS kids show theme song.
417: Would you have it any other way?
Melissa: I couldn't imagine life without all this music around. I don't think I could handle the quiet.
417: What song books—or styles—are you and Jimmy pulling from for this set?
Melissa: For our duet project, Jimmy and I decided to start with our old and new favorites, plus a handful of originals. In a way, the songs almost tell our story of where we have been together musically—sort of a medley of all the projects we've done together —but also some new things that are helping us push our boundaries a bit. I'm also going to play some bass and piano, which I've never done before in a project.
417: Debuting at a charity event, is there any particular reason you chose this event for the Good To Go Mobile Food Pantry?
Melissa: The Good To Go Mobile Food Pantry is something our community desperately needs, and we're honored to give our time to be part of this event and help raise funds. The timing was right to debut this new project and it gave us something to work toward.
417: If you could compare you and Jimmy to any duet in history, what would it be?
Melissa: We always joke that we're kind of like Dewey and Darlene Cox from Walk Hard. But musically, I'd maybe say we're like She & Him (Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward),only because we can both stand on our own, but really have something special when it comes together.
417: What’s the musical dynamic between you two?
Melissa: Jimmy and I met playing music together, so it's always been a part of our relationship. I would say he's always been a teacher. Literally (he's been giving me bass lessons) but also by example and learning from the way he performs and connects to the music. And because he's a romantic, he calls me his muse. We love making music together and just want to spread a little of that joy to everyone else.