HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR MUSIC TO SOMEONE WHO'S NEVER HEARD IT?
If you're speaking about the looper album I released: I'd probably say it's Folk / Americana mixed with ambient textures, lacing a spiraling and blues tonality. But I didn't say that. Someone else did and that's how I describe it now.
If you're speaking about the single from the upcoming studio album: It's like a spooky Appalachian Chris Isaak at times, but then there's a southern and classic country flavor that's old timey and not so spooky.
When did you first realise you had an interest in becoming a singer songwriter?
Very early. I think I was 7 when I started writing what my seven year old self considered to be novels. I admired country music because here they were telling an entire story, in a few minutes, when I was filling up spiral notebooks.
What's your purpose in releasing music?
Music has always been immensely helpful to me, both in hard times and in good ones. I want to play an impact on peoples' lives through music... either by tugging at heart strings or reminding them there's beauty just beneath the surface of any not so beautiful exterior.
Where did your musical journey begin?
Lyford, Tx. I was in the elementary school band (5th grade) and they had moved me to the high school band by the end of that year, completely bypassing junior high school band. I ended that year in 2nd chair, because first chair was a girl I had a crush on. I played Saxophone and later I went to a high school that had no band... so half way though that I picked up a guitar, and that was the first time I experienced the thrill of polyphony. I was pretty much captivated from that point forward.
Which would be your dream venue to perform at, and why?
The Ryman Auditorium. Because Nashville is a special place in my heart and I would like to step foot on a stage that once held many of my heroes.
Who would be your dream musician to support?
I'd really love to support Jakob Dylan. He's probably my favorite band leader and artist at this point. I mean, Ryan Adams comes in a close second, so maybe these statements apply to both of these guys, but I'd never say to both of them that these statements are true about them both. I'd just say that Jakob really inspired me to play several roots instruments after the 'Bringing Down the Horse' album, and Ryan inspired me to stay true to my classic country music influence after his 'Jacksonville City Nights' album.
Where would you like your music heard?
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If there's one thing you could change about the music industry, what would it be?
I'd have more women involved. I think the world of organizations like the Women's Audio Mission, and I wish a more proportional number of women were in the music industry.
Where do you write your songs and music?
Typically at my coffee table, but hotel rooms, airplanes, and taxis seem to trigger inspiration.
How important is it that your music is discovered?
It's very important to me in that I'm a believer that if you're writing songs, you have to honor that voice in you that compelled the writing of your songs.
Where do you see yourself in 2 years?
I see myself releasing another album, and playing larger venues. I see myself with a lot more songs. I'm hoping they're deeper songs, with more honesty and even deeper candor. I also see myself having consumed a lot of Mexican food.
If you could pick one song and share the back story, which would it be and what hidden experience are we missing?
I'd pick the song 'Love Like That Again', because it's a story about being afraid to love completely again. Surely you can imagine some sort of past heartache experienced after losing someone near and dear... and that applies to all of us living and breathing. So, the song is about how you feel when you don't or can't love like that, but hopeful and kind of optimistic in the way that you kind of know when that kind of love is on the table.
Have you crossed paths with your idol, and how would you describe the experience?
I've hung out with several songwriters that I look up to, and all of them have just been straight up people. They're all people just like you an me, and they put their pants on one leg at a time. They just walk on stage and play music after they put their pants on and I'm glad they do. In short, they all have a humility and personal touch that meets you on a familiar level.