A favorite song of Megan’s is “Farmer’s Day Off,” as it relates to her youth, working the farm with family and the elusive day off. “Mountains” is a personal favorite of Shelby’s and was inspired by her mother, Kathy Dressel, whose love of the mountains is quoted in the song: “the mountains were so beautiful, like being closer to heaven.” That lyric is made even more special given the fact that Kathy is now in heaven. Shelby notes that the song “Mountains” helps many who have experienced loss as they listen to the words and melody.
In the decade or so that they have lived in Nashville and since forming the Dairy Daughters duo, many opportunities have presented themselves that otherwise may not have been available. Countless talented and famous musicians call Nashville home, and the Dairy Daughters have been fortunate to perform with a great number of them live and in recording studios. The pair has performed in Norway and Denmark and also made regular treks to their respective home states where the Dairy Daughters is always a hot ticket.
As a new mother, Shelby brings daughter Stella along and has since she was four months old. “Stella falls right into our travels, and most of the time she is at the shows singing and clapping and dancing along.” Shelby says. “It’s a really beautiful thing to be raising my child around music, and the fact that she is growing up around some of the best musicians and writers in the country will be really cool to share with her as she grows up. She’ll definitely be musical.”
Continuing their music goals is not without obstacles, but Shelby notes, “It’s about finding a balance of being a full time momma and continuing to play, write music and travel for shows. It can be challenging to find time after playing shows all day long, to schedule time to create.”
Megan related: “We are getting back to it slowly but surely, and finding a new groove!”
The Dairy Daughters will be releasing a new song in the next few months, entitled “Grandpa’s Flowers,” which Shelby describes as “a beautiful song we wrote with my brother Logan Dressel about Megan’s grandfather, who planted flowers.” A sampling of the lyrics include: “Now he feels the wind in Chicago, hears the music in Tennessee, along the lakes of Minnesota, living that California dream, split ’em up between the family, plant them everywhere we go, a reminder he’s still with us, wherever grandpa’s flowers grow.”
“Being able to play music for a living is such an incredible opportunity, and the people that support us from all over the world are who make that happen. Also, I think being able to play with incredible band members on a daily basis is an equally important opportunity,” says Megan.
To have already accomplished so much at their tender ages, from performing in church to performing in Nashville; from competing on American Idol to touring across continents; from performing with family groups to introducing their children to music, Shelby and Megan are the stuff that successful musicians are made of . . . grit, determination, perseverance, confidence, and of course, talent. The Dairy Daughters may be young women who “throw on a holey pair of jeans and a hat, leave my hair in a mess” as their 2017 single “Tomboy” describes, but when it concerns their music, they “dress to impress.”
The Dairy Daughters is currently performing in Nashville, but look for them to be back in Florida again in the future. The Dairy Daughters may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Their music is available on iTunes, Spotify and other music platforms. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram.