Based in Austin, Texas
In 2020, Sid Grimes left Chicago after five years of performing professionally and, with a grateful nod to the legendary Nashville singers past and present, continued south until she reached her intended destination, Texas, where artists are still encouraged— hell, expected— to make original music straight from the heart. With a history of working in several musical genres, Sid organically rejected any modern top 40 musical mindset for more honest and fully realized songs. In 2021 she released her debut EP House of Cards, commingling traditional country (3 chords and the truth), classic rock, Texas blues, and straight up rock-and-roll, and backed by the first edition of the Rowdy Outlaws. The EP showcases Sid’s conversational approach to storytelling while establishing her as a compelling vocalist and producer— direct, unafraid, and eager to turn up the energy in both cases. Her vocal stylings occasionally call to mind certain notes of Neko Case, Natalie Maines, and Alison Krauss, but it’s an original voice and Sid’s signature to each performance and recording. Currently based in Austin, Sid returned to performing once the pandemic-shuttered venues reopened and hasn’t stopped since, playing solo on the stages of bars, craft-breweries, wineries in Austin, San Marcos, San Antonio, and throughout the Hill Country, including her residency at The Cigar Vault in Buda and Riley's Tavern in Hunter. In mid-2022, Sid joined the Texas Dives World Book Tour as its musical headliner. The two-month hitch visited dive bars throughout Texas in support of the bestselling book Texas Dives: Enduring Neighborhood Bars of the Lone Star State. Sid’s set of original music quickly became the highlight of each stop, including Dallas, Houston, Galveston, San Antonio, and another handful of Texas locations before finishing in Austin. Excited to take her music to a wider audience, Sid’s performances revealed more Texans are just as eager to hear it. Although several tracks from House of Cards are still finding their way to the Austin and Hill Country radio airwaves, Sid’s increasingly frequent live appearances on Texas radio and podcasts are providing her community with some early listens to tracks destined for a full album rumored for 2024, and beyond.