' Kelley, Jessi and Nikki Darlin are sisters, but
by different mothers. Not only can the sassy country gals harmonize like the Carter Family and anticipate each others' thoughts, but they're completely at home scooping
up sweet potatoes, spinach and deep-fried okra from the same plate.
During a meal at Stubb's Bar-B-Q, they controlled the urge to scarf
down a hapless barbecued chicken on the table -- flying in the face of
the drunken, poultry crazed image they cultivate with "The Whole Damn
Thing." For the Darlins, who reside in Murfreesboro, Tenn., image also
comes from carefully planned costuming, and they sure made an entrance
with their matching red attire.
"We all live together in the same
house," Kelley says. "We'll go through the wardrobe
and start cutting things up. We're basically
having slumber parties and playing dress-up like we're 12." Before
Wednesday's rollicking Club DeVille show, filled with
material from their Wild One EP and full-length coming out this summer,
discussed their overflowing closet of matching threads -- a must to stand
out in Austin.
Kelleyoutfit, as long as it looks good as a whole. When we walk together, we hear people say: "those are Those Darlins!"
Jessi: Our manager liked the red too. Just like blood, man.
Kelleyeventually want a Wonder Woman superhero outfit or a mermaid. Jessi
looks good in a cape.
Jessi: I've got a lot of feathers and a full headdress.
Nikki: I want to be dressed in furs and boas.
Kelley: If it's dead, she'll wear it.