Jessi Williams & Coyote give C&I an exclusive first listen to their debut single, “Roam, Little Gypsy, Roam,”
Raised in a farmhouse surrounded by cornfields in southern Indiana, songwriter and rhythm guitarist Jessi Williams draws from her roots to generate original Americana folk music. Her debut single with Jessi Williams & Coyote, “Roam, Little Gypsy, Roam,” showcases distinctive vocals, free-spirited writing, and the band’s musical expanse.
Driven by moody guitar and dwindling piano, “Roam, Little Gypsy, Roam” delivers an almost hypnotic sound.
“Well, it was one of those songs that are born from the inspiration of being in the studio,” says Williams, who is now based with the band in Los Angeles. “The words had lived in my notebook for probably a year already, and I’d more or less given up on it ever being put to music. I write words or poems every day, but as far as music, sometimes I get the muse, sometimes I don’t.”
After meeting at stage bars and coffee shops indulging their mutual love of folk music in 2008, Williams, bassist Chris Sousa, guitarist Robin Harris, and drummer Conan Skyrme created Coyote (pronounced kye-oat).
Following a hiatus, the band is back with “Roam, Little Gypsy, Roam” a harbinger of their upcoming album.
“We had laid down all the other tracks already in the live room at EastWest Studios in Los Angeles and thought we were finished. Then I heard it,” Williams says. “I told the guys that I had another song and it was agreed that we had to record this one, too. At that point, we were out of time in the studio, but everyone was into the tune, and so our friends at EastWest just kind of made it happen. We had to record at odd hours and always last minute. It was one of those situations where my bass player called and said, ‘Hey, a session in the Pet Sounds room ended early. Can you get here and we’ll record ‘Gypsy’? We never even rehearsed it — it just kind of came together.”
Get an exclusive first listen to “Roam, Little Gypsy, Roam” below.
For more information on Jessi Williams & Coyote, visit their website.