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A Hand To Hold: Ky Court Finds Power in Creating Music With Sister

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Let Flo Go is composed of Ky Court and her older sister Bo. An indie rock band with personal, playful lyrics and heavenly sister harmonies, Let Flo Go’s message is one of support and love. “Music is such an intimate thing. Right? Being able to share that with somebody is so powerful,” Court said. “We wrote this song [called] It’s All Right. And the lyrics are like ‘I’m better off alone, I have my own hand to hold.’ Something that I always think while I’m up on stage is I have Bo’s hand to hold. I don’t ever need to be the only person supporting myself because I have my sister beside me.”

Ky Court’s life has always been saturated with music. From growing up in Santa Barbara’s youth rock scene to playing gigs all around Austin, Court —one half of the sister duo Let Flo Go — has been sharing her music with the world for years. Let Flo Go is comprised of Court and her older sister Bo. An indie rock band with personal, playful lyrics and heavenly sister harmonies, Let Flo Go has been playing together in Austin since 2021. 

But before she and Bo shared their music with their fans, they would share music with their family. Growing up in California, Court developed an early love for music, beginning with songs her father would play on the guitar for Court and her sister. 

“My first experience with music that I would say made an imprint on me would be when Bo and I were really young, like toddler age, till [age] 10 or so, my dad would play guitar for us before we went to bed,” Court said. “He would always play us songs that we loved. For me, those are my earliest meaningful memories surrounding music.”

That passion that was instilled from her exposure to music led Court, along with her siblings, to create a family band that would perform in Santa Barbara’s local youth rock scene. Court’s experiences creating and performing music inspired her to pursue a career in the music industry. 

“For me, nothing has ever clicked in the way that music has clicked,” Court said. “It’s just this incandescent feeling of when a song is so good. It’s just so good. And I think I had such a strong desire to make people feel that way through music as well. I don’t think it was really ever a conscious decision, I feel like it just connected with me.”

For her sister Bo, it was not as clear-cut of a decision. But after graduating with a culinary degree, Bo decided she was ready to take the leap with her sister, and Let Flo Go was born. 

“[When] we were in our band together, I pretty much knew [that] I’m going to be a musician one way or another,” Court said. “And [Bo] ended up going to culinary school and graduated with her culinary degree and was like, ‘I hated that, let’s do music.’”   

Within her songwriting, Court explores what could have been. Growing up surrounded by both literary and fine arts, Court has always had a vibrant imagination that she channels into her music.

“As a teenager, I loved reading,” Court said. “And I think that that really helped me develop a very avid imagination. Because of that, I would kind of just make up stories. What I will do is I’ll take like, ‘Hey, I kind of feel a little sad about the situation, but what if I was devastated by it?’”

However, as an adult, Court has begun to take the plunge of writing about her real-life experiences, creating songs that are more personal than some of her previous works. 

“I feel like as an adult, I’ve been brave enough to actually be like, ‘okay, you’ve felt things before. Let’s write about them,'” Court said. “But there’s just a certain level of intimacy and vulnerability that comes with that. So we’re still exploring that.”

Court always has a support system within her musical journey. Her sister and bandmate, Bo, has been performing with her for years, creating a unique dynamic within their band. 

“Music is such an intimate thing. Being able to share that with somebody is so powerful,” Court said. “We wrote this song [called] It’s All Right. And the lyrics are  ‘I’m better off alone, I have my own hand to hold.’ Something that I always think while I’m up on stage is I have Bo’s hand to hold. I don’t ever need to be the only person supporting myself  because I have my sister beside me.”

Something that I always think while I’m up on stage is I have Bo’s hand to hold. I don’t ever need to be the only person supporting myself because I have my sister beside me.

— Ky Court

There are lots of sacrifices necessary to be a musician. From working multiple jobs to sacrificing social time to play gigs, the music industry takes an undeniable toll on its artists. But both members of Let Flo Go are there to help each other push through the hardships. 

“It’s a lot of work, but I have her there to encourage me, [and] she has me there to encourage her,” Court said. “When I’m down, she picks up the slack. When she’s down, I pick up the slack. Being in a band with each other is so much more than just making music, and I’m just so grateful that it would be with my sister because there’s that endless support there.”

Court finds that her songs are the most impactful when she’s able to share them: first with Bo, and then with an audience. 

“There are moments where you will be on the stage, and when that crowd is interacting and singing with you, [and] whether or not it’s one of our songs, there will just be these moments where we look at each other, and we smile,” Court said. “I know that she’s thinking exactly what I’m thinking, which is why we’re doing this. Because music is so powerful. I mean, there’s nothing like [music], right? It is such a beautiful, shared experience. And I think that’s maybe my favorite part of it — it has to be shared.”

Because music is so powerful. I mean, there’s nothing like [music], right? It is such a beautiful, shared experience. And I think that’s maybe my favorite part of it — it has to be shared.

— Ky Court

Sharing music is most powerful when it’s shared with someone you love. For Court, she gets to create music with someone that she loves. Let Flo Go’s message of togetherness and support is something evident in not only their music but also their dynamic on stage.

“When we are on stage together, there is just something that happens because we are there together. People can see that, people can feel that, and people can hear that in our music,” Court said. “Like I was saying earlier, music is such a shared experience. And I think it only gets more powerful the more people you share it with.”

Let Flo Go is currently working on new music with a sound that Court feels is more genuine to the band. In addition to new songs, they will also have residencies at local venues around Austin. Let Flo Go plays on the first Friday of every month at Slacker’s Brewery and on the first Saturday of every month at Infamous Brewery. Check their website for more information. 

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Mayla Montgomery, Reporter
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I have always had a passion for writing and telling stories, and I am so excited to be working on press this year! When I’m not writing, I love watching my favorite shows, watching all the horror movies in existence, reading books, listening to music, and spending time with my friends and family.

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