“Some Kind of Lonesome,” a Very Personal Look at the Past Year, From Herrick’s Upcoming Album, Sunderland Road
Nearly every single successful band who has ever been will tell you that the relationship between band members is very much like a marriage. When you spend hours, days, months and eventually years together, sit side by side through mile after mile as you travel the country, and watch as your creations are born and breathe the breath of life, then you pretty much have a true understanding of marriage. For Kerry and Donna Herrick, that bond was sewn with a double threaded needle being that they are, in fact, married, both literally and musically.
Their partnership started all the way back in junior high school, a couple of kids growing up together in Spokane, Washington. Even then their love for each other was painfully obvious, both knowing they fit together perfectly in the great puzzle of adolescence. Kerry grew up with his five brothers and sisters surrounded by southern gospel music. His sister and cousin were professional musicians that comprised The Herrick Family Gospel Singers, so it was pretty much inevitable that music would carve a path under his feet.
Donna was born a truly gifted singer, but her mother was the only person on the planet who knew it. Painfully shy, she wouldn’t dare open her mouth to anyone else…that is until Kerry came along. Finally joining in and lending her voice as she watched him and his brother sing in their ritual jam sessions, Kerry could not believe his ears. At that moment the die was cast and their musical chemistry set in motion. Herrick is the patchwork of two lives long lived together. Sewn up in organic composition and exquisite harmonies, theirs is a fabric held together with steel thread.
Growing up, did you each envision music careers?
Kerry: Yes. When I was kid, I used to lay in bed and envision myself singing on TV. I would stand in front of the bathroom mirror tapping a comb on the counter for rhythm. I would sing southern gospel songs that I learned from my family, who were a southern gospel vocal group called The Herricks. They spent their time on the road. They were larger than life to me at the time.
Donna: No! Although I knew I could sing at age 4…I was dreadfully shy and would not sing for ANYONE but my Mom…and only when she made me. It was like a secret super-power that I knew I had. That someday maybe if I had it in me, I could share. Seriously, I sounded the same today as then. Just had a higher voice, lol. Kerry was the one that helped me out of my shyness. At 12 he allowed me to lean on him. As time went on I was more focused on performing well for the audience and loving them more than worrying about myself.
For the first five years, Herrick was Kerry and Kevin, a brother duo. When Donna joined, you began to write your own music. What was the first song you wrote together?
Donna: I wrote poems and songs as early as I can remember. As a kid I used to have them hung all over my bedroom wall. Along with several posters of my fav artists. Kerry’s favs are Kris Kristofferson and Merle Haggard. It came natural for Kerry and I once he found out I could sing, for us to write together. I already had a catalog of material, as he did also. We have always critiqued each other’s work, but I believe the first song we wrote together was a gospel song called “In the Fathers Arms.” It was actually in a recent movie called Galveston.
From the brothers singing gospel music around your hometown of Spokane, to being a married couple playing rodeos, festivals, and clubs all over the Northwest together, opening for Emmylou Harris, Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill. What has been the best career advice another artist has shared with you?
Donna: Wynonna is a great mentor. She came to a few of our shows. After the show we would talk and she told me that she was mentored by Tammy Wynette and Loretta Lynn. And we talked much about how that kind of support is not there anymore for many of us coming up in the music biz.
Donna: Other great writers inspire us both. No matter what, there is always someone out there to inspire you. I was just listening to a Rodney Crowell song today, “‘Till I Gain Control Again,” it knocked me off my chair. The lyrics are beautiful. We have written and know so many great writers that inspire us and encourage us. Walt Aldridge, Red Lane, Karen Staley to name a few. Some of the songs we have written with them are actually on this new album.
After you opened for George Jones, he said, “This little girl can really sing!” Jones was known to be a mentor for young artists. What influence has he had on your music careers?
Donna: George Jones told us never forget to have a good time along the way. Not to take everything too seriously. You have to love what you do…it’s not about the fame and the money. It’s about how many lives you touch along the way.
A trip to the Christian Country Music Association (CCMA) Awards show for your Top 20 hit “If You Don’t Have Love” led to your move to Nashville. How has being based in Music City influenced the evolution of your sound?
Donna: We lived and worked in the Pacific Northwest for many years. It’s where we cut our teeth. So that West Coast sound has definitely been a part of our sound. Once we moved to Nashville we were told what to do, how to sound, how to act…so on and so on… It was not until we threw ALL of that out the window when we became who we are, and did what we wanted. Did it our way. That is when doors started to open up. We are being ourselves. We break all the rules…heck we don’t even know what they are. Doing so has allowed us to evolve into true artists. That’s what artists do. Regurgitating music is not art. Music is very personal.
Your new single, “Some Kind of Lonesome,” was featured in Billboard. It was written after Donna’s mom passed and also as a reflection on all that the pandemic has taken from our lives. How does the song represent the theme of your upcoming third studio album, Sunderland Road?
Donna: This past year has been a hard one. It has really put all artists on an even playing field. Stripping away so much for so many. This album is going to be a celebration of songs that are very personal. Songs we have written and love. Through the good, bad and ugly parts of this life.
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