Jypsi (pronounced like 'gypsy') was an American country music group composed of four siblings, all with the surname Rische: Amber-Dawn (fiddle, vocals), Frank (guitar, vocals), Lillie Mae (lead vocals), and Scarlett (mandolin, vocals). Signed to Arista Nashville in 2007, the group has released three singles, including "I Don't Love You Like That", which reached number 38 on the U.S. country singles charts that year. The band additionally released its self-titled debut album in May 2008.

History

Jypsi was formed in 1994 in Galena, Illinois by sisters Amber-Dawn, Lillie Mae, and Scarlett Rische, along with their brother, Frank. After several years of playing locally, the band was discovered in 2000 by Cowboy Jack Clement, a record producer from Nashville, Tennessee. In 2007, they were signed to Arista Nashville. In late 2007, the group began work on its debut album as Jypsi. The group's first single was entitled "Love Is a Drug", but it didn't chart and wasn't put on the album. "I Don't Love You Like That," its follow-up, reached a peak of 38 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts.

Jypsi's self-titled debut album was released in May 2008 as a music download but not as a physical album. This album includes the song "Now That's All Right with Me," previously released by Mandy Barnett on her 1996 self-titled debut. Country Standard Time gave the album a favourable review, with reviewer John Lupton saying, "Though it takes a little while to get it going, their self-titled debut demonstrates that there's indeed a few substance to the [attractive] image as well." Lead singer Lillie Mae Rische made a guest appearance on the track "God Knows Who I Am" on Montgomery Gentry's 2008 album Back When I Knew It All.

The group's third single, "Mister Officer," was released in August 2009. It was additionally made into the band's first music video, directed by Roman White. Bobby Peacock of Roughstock.com said "Lillie Mae Rische's vocals gives a youthful, energetic performance that helps sell the song." Juli Thanki of Engine 145 gave it a thumbs-up, saying "Despite its shortcomings—and there are a few—'Mr. Officer' is bursting at the seams with carefree, youthful exuberance and bright three-part harmony." "Mister Officer" peaked at 52.

The Jypsi Band was featured on an episode of Gene Simmons Family Jewels on August 9, 2009.

Discography

Jypsi (2008)

  1. "Now That's All Right with Me" (Kostas, Tony Perez) – 2:47
  2. "I Do What I Want" (Bart Hansen) – 2:44
  3. "I Don't Love You Like That" (Liz Rose, Stephanie Chapman) – 3:49
  4. "You Don't Know What Real Love Is" (Bobby Nicholas) – 4:00
  5. "Shame on Me" (Christi Dannemiller, Jim Collins) – 3:21
  6. "Stray Dogs and Alley Cats" (Harley Allen) – 3:34
  7. "The House of the Rising Sun" (traditional) – 4:21
  8. "Free" (Nicholas) – 3:37
  9. "Halfway Home Cafe" (Paul Overstreet, Johnny Barranco) – 4:19
  10. "First Thing on My Mind" (Nicholas) – 4:33
  11. "Kandi Kitchen" (Frank Carter Rische) – 5:26

Singles

YearSinglePeak positionsAlbum
US Country
2007"Love Is a Drug"N/A
2008"I Don't Love You Like That"38Jypsi
2009"Mister Officer"52N/A
"—" denotes releases that didn't chart

Guest singles

YearSingleArtistPeak positionsAlbum
US Country
2006"You Don't Know My Love"Ronnie MilsapMy Life
"—" denotes releases that didn't chart

Music videos

YearVideoDirector
2009"Mister Officer"Roman White