From New Orleans, LA
Now Based out of Philadelphia, PA

This soulful-folk duo, Hestina, "is guided by an intrinsic, instinctual, guttural groan- a yearning far beyond themselves" says Kimberly. Having just re-released their debut Album, Blossom Talk, with Autumn Tone Records in mid-April they are eager to share this record. Blossom Talk is "a metamorphosis and compilation of songs that time capsule's our transition into becoming a band" -Hestina. 

"These girls sing with attention-grabbing smoky blues voices. Classically sensual and burlesque. Their stripped-down, ukulele-dominated accompaniment invokes a misty post-rock dream-scape that offers an almost ironic contrast to the primal humanity of the vocals. Add to that, intensely personal lyrics and you get a band that is very hard to turn away from."-- Michael Kunz (New Orleans Music Critic)


Vocals, Ukulele / Michelle Ausman (Right)
Vocals, Ukulele, Guitar / Kimberly Vice (Left)




News & Updates

APRIL 23rd, 2019

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April 16TH, 2019

Currently recording an EP with Greenrock Studios-Mike Kiker and Jamie Mahon of St. James and the Apostles. We’ll be back in the studio May 3rd Stay tuned to our Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube Channel for updates and sneak peaks! We’re thinking about calling the album “Audio Heat” and releasing it in July! Also, check out our Tiny Desk Contest entry:

June 1st, 2017

we've OFFICIALLY moved to Philadelphia!! Stay tuned for new music and shows!!  

February 8th, 2017

The soulful-folk duo Hestina, named after the Asian “Siren Butterfly,” is testing its wings and re-packing their bags after a socko northeastern tour, bidding farewell to their own chrysalis – New Orleans, the city that gave them life.

On the front porch of their shotgun home in New Orleans, Michelle Ausman and Kimberly Vice sipped from beer glasses belonging to the corner bar, as they shared a têtê-a-têtê of sorts, reminiscing on the band’s evolution and discussing their recent tour, upcoming music and relocation to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
— Heather Osbourne of "Dime"

Check out the full article "Hestina Takes Their Siren Calls to New Lands" HERE:


MAY 5th, 2016

What sticks out on this delicate, gothic-folk tune are the harmonies of Kimberly Vice and Michelle Ausman, which gracefully move from lush and enchanting at the beginning before swelling into vocals that are earnest and urgent. It is a song about growing up and letting go, a song about saying goodbye.
— The Revue

Check out the full May 5 Matinee Review Here: