Next Song Off Our New Album
Cousins Debbie and Ray Jo Kooter are a country-western singing sensation as big as Dolly Parton’s rack, but it wasn’t always that way for The Kooter Cousins The series takes place long before they were stars- when the biggest gig they’d had so far was a tractor pull at the fair grounds- and follows the Kooter Cousins as they fight tooth-and-nail to get the hell out of Soddy Daisy, Tennessee and on to the stage at the Grand Old Opry.. Each episode shows the stories and adventures that inspired the next song off their new album. Episode One, Out of Death Comes Bacon, finds the girls in trouble with the entire town after accidentally electrocuting Soddy Daisy’s hero: Bessie the Pig.
Kim Gatewood and Canedy Knowles met while performing with Chicago City Limits in New York City. Their separate brands of comedy, when combined, created a comic voice that was exciting and different and immediately they set out to take over the world using this new voice. While developing programming for the Oxygen Network, they joined forces with Amy Dean Kennedy, who was not only in development there, but also happened to be Canedy’s old roommate at arts camp. The three of them came up with the idea for “Next Song” based on characters Kim and Canedy had been developing, Canedy and Amy’s Southern roots, and the desire to create a show about the stories behind country songs. So the seed was planted. Two years, many drafts and a guest appearance as the Kooter Cousins on a late night talk show on New Jersey public access television later, Canedy and Kim had a script and the opportunity to shoot the pilot episode on location in Soddy Daisy. For two weeks they frolicked in crinoline skirts, wore too much make-up and got to live in the world they had only seen in their minds. The result is “Next Song Off Our New Album.”