Accomplished songstress Jenna Rae has audiences wrapped around her finger with relatable lyrics, ear-worm hooks, and an unmistakable voice that can cut through even the busiest of crowds. Life-long fiddler, Shannon O’Shea, gives an electrifying, skillful, bluegrass performance along with spirited singing and dancing that keeps fans on their feet. Soulful mandolinist, Monica Greenwood, has a voice that shakes venues off their foundation and songwriting steeped with Louisiana-ragtime flavor, cheeky real-ness, and garnished with a saucy but sweet attitude. Punk-folk bassist, Kahlen Mitchell, hits her stride every show with her slap-style bass playing that also brings percussive excitement to the group’s songs. Folk-n-roll banjo player, Reagan Zagan, brings her expert soloing and incredible range of harmonies to complete band’s perfectly “unfit”, bluegrass sound.
Unfit Wives have performed in a variety of settings from bars, wineries, festivals and private events, to larger listening rooms including Knuckleheads Saloon, Liberty Hall, and The Granada Theater in Emporia, KS. No matter the size of the stage (or if there even is one), these ladies bring hot licks, humorous song-writing, feisty harmonies and a high-spirited performance to every show. Their original songs incorporate honest emotions of Unfit Wives, a name that was birthed with from the band’s drive to question society’s standards for women, live unapologetically, and celebrate everyone’s “unfit”-ness. Some of their influences include Wanda Jackson, Dolly Parton, Emmy Lou Harris, Patsy Cline, The Dillard’s, Merle Haggard, The Chicks, Bill Monroe, and Split Lip Rayfield.