Brother, What Happened?
Collaborating across Boundaries,
Muddy Magnolias sing for a Better World
All of this would be better if we live together.
—from “Leave It to the Sky”
"Do I look like the walk-all-over-me type? I'm a whole lot of strong-ass American woman."
"Muddy Magnolias are collaboration without boundaries, musical healing in a landscape of the heart, and all of us who treasure creative energy, honest art and the possibilities of love and unity, are better for their arrival."
Brother, what happened to this world?
A Call for Action
"Who gon' do it, if we don't do it?" Jessy Wilson's voice is an instrument of reckoning as she poses this challenge in "Brother, What Happened?," the new anthem that serves as a statement of purpose for Nashville's Muddy Magnolias.
She's calling for action, respect and compassion — for the acknowledgment that people's lives diverge and the determination to learn from each other anyway...In the song, gospelized soul meets clapboard-church country on equal footing, pushed onto the dance floor by the spirit of old-fashioned rock 'n' roll.
-- Ann Powers, NPR
Making Music in the Name of Hope
"The video for "Brother" evokes familiar scenes from the struggle for civil rights alongside more personal encounters between lovers and family members. Most important, though, is that central visual of Wilson and North standing face to face, singing into each other's hearts the way believers always do. It's stirring, and it's absolutely needed right now. As is the whole mission of Muddy Magnolias: to encourage harmony by making glorious music in its name."
-- Ann Powers, NPR
We're Talking about
So, you see, we’re talking largesse here, huge and spacious souls who cover a vast terrain, transcending all national borders and political ideologies, all growing larger and more intensely harmonious by our very diversity. Together we stretch our imaginations and talents toward increasing the amount of kindness in the world. We embrace the full catastrophe of life and know that it can be transformed. In a nutshell, we are a network of networks of networks of people around the world who seek to live with compassion and creativity, open-heartedness and open-mindedness. We are Fat Soul International.
-- Fat Soul International Manifesto