BACK HOME TO COUNTRY... (Who knew?)
After a long hiatus, I am back in the studio writing and recording songs for my new album. It's been an interesting journey. Often times, I would audition for gigs and people would say "she's too Country". My response would be "Country?!... Me?!".
Come to think of it, I've always loved monster trucks. I still want that restored 67' Camaro with a stripe down the center... and a really loud engine!
Finally it occurred to me. What a great idea.
Once I fully embraced it, it was like a rocket into the valley of success.
It's undeniable. It's in my blood. my great-great-grand parents traveled through the Wild West, across the plains in a covered wagon. My great-great-grandfather led his 20-mule team and worked the land. I come from a long line of hard-working, pioneer women. I grew up listening to my mom play guitar and banjo to Willie and Dolly while I sang along. They remain two of my favorite singers and songwriters to this day.
My love of rock music and acoustic, organic instruments led me to a natural evolution into country music.
I want to write great songs. I want to tell a story. Nashville has long been known for some of the best storytelling in the world. I began immersing myself in Country music, and suddenly, my 6-year-bout of writers block vanished. New ideas came flooding to me at all times of the night. I had to sleep with my recorder at my bedside. In the middle of a live show, I had to run down to the quick-change room and grab my notepad during breaks.
Brad Paisley was saying exactly the things I had longed to say. Rascal Flatts was making me yell out impulsively, "Go boy!!!!" as Gary Levox wailed out a heart-wrenching melody.
I had stopped listening to new music or listening for pleasure. I was inspired to listen to music again.
I feel this is where I truly belong. I've certainly taken a unique route to get here... back home to country.
Thanks for your hospitality. I do hope you enjoy!!