Random Questions with... JUNO Nominee Little Miss Higgins

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Little Miss Higgins & The Winnipeg Five (Credit: Andy P Stanislav)

Nominated for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year: Group for Bison Ranch Recording Sessions

Recorded on a bison ranch in rural Manitoba, the fittingly titled Bison Ranch Recording Sessions, picked up a 2014 Juno nod for Little Miss Higgins (aka Jolene Higgins), along with her band The Winnipeg Five (better known as roots outfit The F-holes). Moving from one prairie locale to the next – Higgins has lived in Alberta, Kansas, Saskatchewan and now Manitoba – Higgins hunkered down in a converted barn in her new prairie province during a mighty cold April for a live-off-the-floor session that captures an assortment of creaks, crackles, and crow cawing. Bison Ranch Recording Sessions follows a series of award-winning releases, including Across the Plains (2010) and Junction City (2008), which brought Higgins her first JUNO nomination in the Blues Album of the Year category in 2008.

What was the first tape, vinyl, or CD you bought?
The first CD I bought with my own money was a Billie Holiday collection after hearing one of her songs on CKUA radio in Alberta.

Most embarrassing moment on stage?
Waynefest 2007 in Wayne, Alberta. Wardrobe malfunction. The strap on my sundress busted mid-song. I finished the song, and remarkably the front of the dress stayed up revealing very little. My guitar player at the time came over and somehow tied a knot to keep the dress together for the rest of the set while I tried to make jokes and people took pictures.  It could have been worse, but it was certainly memorable.

If you had a superpower, what would it be? 
To turn water into wine.... like a nice Malbec from Argentina, or anything Italian or French.

Favourite Old Dutch flavour?
Salt & Vinegar – growing up in the U.S., we didn't have flavoured potato chips, like Old Dutch. I remember coming to Canada to visit relatives and my family stocking up on Old Dutch S&V chips in the box to take back south to Kansas.

Catch Little Miss Higgins & The Winnipeg Five at JUNOfest on March 29 at Times Change(d) and don't miss Little Miss Higgins at the JUNO Songwriters' Circle on March 30 at the Burton Cummings Theatre.


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