A likeably offbeat duo: Hymn for Her, multi-instrumentalists Lucy Tight (Maggi Jane) and Wayne Waxing (Pierce Ternay), play a skewed and entertaining style of folk pop. They tour the country in a retro-funky 1961 Bambi Airstream trailer, with toddler and dog in tow. Though they call Philadelphia home, they spend most of the year on the road. Central-South Florida has become another home away from home for the nomadic family. Friend Robert Finn, from Palmetto, has helped the couple book several shows in Tampa Bay, and WMNF-FM 88.5 became a big supporter of their music.
Real-life vs. stage names: "Lucy Tight and Wayne Waxing are just our alter egos when we're living in the Airstream, recording a record, playing shows, driving down the road and crankin' tunes - and showering," Jane said. Their daughter, with the uniquely aquatic name Diver, was born "in the water," Jane said, in Fort Myers.
Previously: Jane and Ternay performed with the MPEband for more than 12 years touring the U.S., U.K. and Europe - about 300 dates a year. "Our first album was all acoustic," Jane said. "We were coming out of a band that played and traded just about every instrument under the sun. We wanted to simplify our show, our lives, all the cord spaghetti on stage, and so we put out an acoustic record. Then, we missed rocking out, and added the cigar box, kick drum and high hat, a dobro, and a bullet mike. Our latest release (Lucy & Wayne and the Amairican Stream, released July 4) is a complete 180 from the first record, and we are having a blast."
The dog: "Pokey is our 12-year-old black lab," said Ternay. "We found him on tour at a gas station when we were on tour with MPEband and he was 11 months, in a town called Pocahontas, Ill. His full name is Pocahontas Illinois Cloud. It was either that or BP."
About the Airstream: They got it almost a year ago. "It is not only our road home, but our home off-tour, as well," Ternay said. "We spent the past two months in Philly living in Silver Pop Pop's and Uncle Flaky's (Ternay's dad and brother) driveway. It's nice to be living in simplicity. We don't have a lot of stuff in there ... but we do have a storage unit warehouse full of our colonial vase collections."
Why Hymn for Her? "I wrote a song a while back called, Hymn for Her," Ternay said, "and then we thought that would make a great band name. No religious connection. It's a play on words as to who we are: a him and a her."
Words and music: "We both do both," Ternay said in regards to writing lyrics and creating compositions. "Sometimes Maggi writes the music and I write the lyrics. Sometimes, vice versa. Sometimes we write solo. Sometimes Lucy and Wayne kick in their two cents. And then Diver and Pokey and then all hell breaks loose."
Hear them: 4 p.m. Sunday at Ella's Americana Folk Art Cafe, 5119 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa. Free. hymnforher.com.