The Better Halves
The Better Halves is an Austin-based husband-wife duo that specializes in making listeners smile. They sing about the humorous side of life and of love, as well as story songs about everything from hot rods to internet dates to grandpa's yarns. Jimmy Joe's signature guitar work is reminiscent of Chet Atkins but ranges from rocking blues to smoking bluegrass to sweet classical melodies. Chrissie plays unique rhythm guitar using jazzy chords with a folky, almost country flare. Together they have crafted a repertoire of duets that range from funny to sweet, encompassing a variety of styles and always showcasing their beautiful vocal harmonies (except for their occasional breathtaking instrumentals!) The feel of their music brings memories of Johnny and June, leaving listeners with their ears and hearts grinning wide. They released their fun and sometimes humorous debut CD, Tête à Tête, in early 2012, with songs that placed on both the Folk DJ and FAR charts, AND garnered them a nomination for Vocal Duo of the Year in the 2012 Texas Music Awards! Now their sophomore collection of songs delves a little deeper, with more poignant writing and story songs, but still featuring stellar musicianship and clever lyrics. Jimmy Joe attended both the Berkelee College of Music and GIT. Chrissie studied biology at Penn State and is an acupuncturist while passionately pursuing her musical career. They started their musical journey together at a farmer's market in Austin, where they continue to make music every Saturday, except for when they are touring from Alaska to Maine with their songs from ALL OVER THE MAP!
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