At the junction of sparse folk, pop, and cosmic country you’ll find Junior, helmed by two distinct and complementary songwriters. Hermina’s wide alto aches out lines like “I know I’m not allowed to call you on the phone…but I’m getting tired of being either loved or gone.” Caroline’s songs playfully question gendered experiences and expectations. “Have you tried domestication? How did that work out for you? Did it feel like abdication? But were you grateful for the food?”
Based in Missoula, Montana, the group originally began singing together in drag as “The Cuckaroos,” the backing vocal section for Cross Country, Missoula’s annual Country Drag Revue. In the service of lampooning gendered stereotypes, the group developed strong working relationships and connected as artists. Listeners might have heard members of Junior play in groups including: Butter, Stellarondo, Burlesco, Broken Valley Roadshow, Shahs, Hermina Jean, The Cigarette Girls, Caroline Keys, Worst Feelings, Danny’s Dilemma, Travis Sehorn and the Pebble Light, The Best Westerns, and Patsy Grime.
Each member of Junior packs a quiver of instrumental skills and is constantly acquiring more to add to the group. Audiences can expect layered vocal arrangements, awkward jokes, earnest lyrics, and playful arrangements. Junior has been compared to Sibylle Baier, Karen Dalton, and The Roches.