Rose Kimball and Judy Painter have been playing together since 1990.
Painter is from Chicago originally and started out playing open mics and stages in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. She relocated to Texas in the early 80's and continued to play the circuit in Austin, when she teamed up with Rose Kimball a native Texas musician. They were introduced by a mutual friend who said they "really needed to hook up together" because their styles were so complimentary.
After moving to Austin, they enjoyed a brief stint as the Slumgullion Quartet with David Lynch and Mitch Zimmerman. Under this moniker they released a demo called "Slumgullion Live Cuts", from a live recording on the KUT radio program LIVESET . They returned to their current duo format shortly thereafter and have continued to perform and create songs until the release of "The Journey". Later in 2010 they were also included in the recording of a compilation collection released by Fletcher Clark called "Taking Turns". Rose plays guitar and bass and Judy plays guitar and mandolin. Both contribute vocally and their great harmonizing and vocal trading off is a mainstay to their sound. Primarily playing music of the folk, bluegrass, old time genres, they also include a number of original songs that round out their style and show some of their talents at songwriting. Painter's "Ghost of Billy Grey" placed 2nd in the 2009 Woody Guthrie International Songwriting contest, with "The Journey" making honorable mention as well. In 2012, the Journey again made honorable mention in the SongDoor International Songwriting Contest which is a contest open to all writers, including those considered "professional" songwriters. In 2013, "Winter" and "Goodnight Moon" also made honorable mention at SongDoor, with "Winter" designated as being considered for finalist placement.
In 2014 Rose and Judy added the famed Strawberry Music Festival to their credentials, playing the fall festival this year. At the Strawberry Music Festival, Rose and Judy released their most recent CD "Goodnight Moon," a collection of very personal original songs.