Amelia Earhart Returns is the female acoustic duo of Linda “shibes” Schaible and Kristen Hart based out of Houston, TX.
Legally married for three years (thank you Texas!), shibes and Hart have been writing and performing music as partners for over two decades.
Shibes describes their sound as Amerigrass. “It’s Americana with a dash of grass. Bluegrass, that is. We don’t have anything over a 100bpm!”
Their show is full of introspective, storytelling songs showcasing their harmonies and humor.
They began playing music together in the early 90s in Knoxville, TN. Inspired by the Indigo Girls’ harmonies and new folk stylings, they started playing covers at open mics around town.
Quickly building a strong women’s following, the local weekly mag proclaimed AER’s show to be the second best place for women to meet women. (First place going to the University of TN Lady Vols basketball games.)
Amelia Earhart Returns grew into sharing the stage with legendary musicians such as Caroline Aiken, Norman & Nancy Blake, Mindy Smith, Louise Mosrie, disappear fear, Stacey Earle and Mark Stuart, the Nields, Christine Kane, and Gillian Welch and David Rawlings.
Their first album, Testimony, found airplay on radio stations across East Tennessee and North Carolina, including on Spindale’s WNCW and Knoxville Tennessee’s WIMZ and Rock 104. The record brought together the haunting tones of Hart’s passion for the blues and Shibes’ love of lyric-focused songwriters like John Gorka, Nanci Griffith, Cliff Eberhardt, Eliza Gilkyson and Eric Andersen.
During the 2000’s a job-hopping stint between the two pulled them out of performing in the Appalachian area of the country. Instead, they focused on their songcraft and music chops, writing and recording to pitch to Nashville artists. After criss-crossing the country, living in Orlando, Chicago, and South Florida, the two finally landing in Houston in 2012.
Their love of cowboy boots, the Southwest and hats made Houston a natural fit. They embraced the Texas songwriters scene and began performing again as a duo.
While their personal backgrounds are very different, shibes and Hart have combined those experiences into songs that leverage Shibes’s success as a published poet and Hart’s lead guitar playing that features some blues flavored chops that would make Bonnie Raitt proud!
Amelia Earhart Returns is the perfect act for a chill lounge atmosphere where you can have a good time sipping on a salt rim or relaxing with friends and apps. As Hart says, “Our tagline sums it up: Harmonies. Hats. Hellyeah!”
ABOUT KRISTEN HART
Very few music artists possess the depth and complexities of Kristen Hart.
Armed with her unique blend of blues, rock, and country, Kristen brings to the table all the best qualities of Texas, Tennessee, cowboy hats, and rhinestones.
Her long music career has seen her performing alongside major artists such as Lita Ford, Sammy Hagar, Steve Vai, and blues legend Robben Ford while appearing at some of the most popular venues in the country, including the legendary Bluebird Café in Nashville, the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Dollywood, the House of Blues in Orlando and The Dosey Doe Big Barn in Houston.
Hart performs as a solo artist in addition to playing with Amelia Earhart Returns, having shared the stage with other singer-songwriters including Melissa Crispo, and playing in cover bands Shebang, SpeShees and D29.
Her current solo project finds her on electric guitar playing tunes from Stevie Ray Vaughn, Santana and ZZ-Top to crowds at local Houston festivals and events.
Away from music, Kristen admits to being a bit of a coffee-snob (ask her about her propriety-blend Pony Expresso) and enjoys traveling to visit art museums and vintage instrument collections.
ABOUT LINDA “SHIBES” SCHAIBLE
Texas-based singer-songwriter and Americana artist Linda ‘shibes’ Schaible has a passion for songwriting, but took the long road to her first solo record Seco Sessions. You might say her journey began back in 1849, when her 3X great-grandfather William Cooper founded the Huthwaite Prize Band in a small village in England.
Part of the Cooper musical legacy, Linda continues an unbroken lineage of performance, including her mother’s own career in Ivy Benson’s all women’s orchestra in the 50’s.
As a published poet, Schaible brings the lessons learned from poet Arthur Smith to her songwriting. Her songs are known for the imagery and poetic language that fill the lines, creating characters and moments that reflect what many of us encounter as we love, live, endure, evolve and celebrate our lives.
Her debut solo release, Seco Sessions, is no exception. The project symbolizes the cathartic change that occurs when one step is taken toward a destination. With one decision, she shifted the course of her songwriting.
Seco Sessions is her story of transformation and song craft evolution. “I was at a crossroads with my songwriting. I had been pursuing writing and pitching to others, and then realized my songs weren’t my songs. They were about things that didn’t really help me understand much about myself or my place here. I took a step back and made a single decision that changed everything for me. I sent an email to BMI Songwriter of The Year Susan Gibson and asked for her help. That decision started a chain reaction and got me here.”
“When I look back, music has been one of my biggest joys, from sitting in the basement of the Laurel Theater with Gillian Welch & David Rawlings talking about songwriting to sharing the stage as Amelia Earhart Returns with folks like Caroline Aiken, Norman & Nancy Blake, The Nields, disappear fear, Evan & the legendary Guy Carawan, Tim & Molly O’Brien, Stacey Earle & Mark Stuart, Mindy Smith and Louise Mosrie. I’m glad I found my way back.”