The Pickin' Chicks are a group of four
girls, Nikki, Paige, Mallory and Chris. They are from three different
families in Illinois. Nikki and Mallory are sisters, but other than
that, the four girls are not related to each other.
They meet each week at The Bluegrass Shack to practice
under the direction of Chris Talley Armstrong, who is the band's bass
player and manager.
All four girls can sing lead, tenor and baritone, and
all four girls play more than one instrument. Nikki (banjo) is 13 years
old, Paige (fiddle) is 14 years old, and Mallory (guitar) is 15 years
old. We're not saying how old Chris is!
Though young and relatively new to the music scene,
the Pickin' Chicks have been setting the bluegrass world on fire! In
a little more than two years' time, they have managed to record their
first CD, played at Silver Dollar City's 2011 Bluegrass & BBQ Festival,
opened Friday night for the 2011 Willie Nelson Country Music Throwdown,
and won the 2011 Illinois State Best Vocal Group Competition at the
Illinois State Fair in Springfield, IL.
The girls got to meet Steve Martin one-on-one, and banjo
player Nikki was even asked to play for Steve!