Summer Overstreet~ Q&A

            Bio: Nashville resident, Summer Overstreet, is an extremely gifted singer/songwriter. Being from a huge artistic family- daughter of songwriter Paul Overstreet-Overstreet began writing songs at a young age. The past years she has been actively refining her vocals in town and cowriting in the community with groups like Avenue Beat and Endless Summer.On March 13, 2020, Summer Overstreet latest single “Get My Shit Together,” and it is avivlable on Spotify & iTunes. 

Social Media Accounts: 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/summeroverstreet/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SummerOverstree?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/summeroverstreet/

Q&A:

1.     Hello Summer, can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you became a country singer? I was born and raised in Nashville. My father is a Grammy Winning songwriter and encouraged myself and my other 5 siblings (yes six kids) to lean towards all things music. I think only one sibling is not actively working in the music business in some way. Mostly my life has consisted of music (as boring as that is,) although I did use to breed and show dairy goats. 
2.     What was the first country concert you ever attended?             Um….this is both really bad and maybe really good? Dan and Shay March 6th, 2020.  I don’t know why, but that was the first country concert I can remember.
3.     What is the background story behind your latest single “Get My Shit Together?” GMST was a song that I felt we ( me and my co-writers ) were compelled to write kind of as a hot mess anthem. I think in today’s world it’s easy to compare yourself to others and set imaginary deadlines that can really steal a lot of the fun out of life. We wanted to say “we ain’t got shit figured out! But that’s ok. Maybe tomorrow “ 
4.     How would you describe your music in 3 to 5 words? Unapologetic. Adventurous. Honest. FUN!
5.     Is there anything else new coming up with your music in 2020? I have two more songs I’m releasing in April  and May! I am so excited for them as well!
6.     What are some of your favorite venues or events to play at? I love the Basement, the Analog, the listening room, and Grey’s on Main
7.     What advice would you give to a up and coming country artist?              Show up every day. Ten minutes early. Learn to love the word “No.”  It’s always a fun challenge!
8.     What is one of your favorite quotes? You gotta keep trying to find your niche and trying to fit into whatever slot that’s left for you or to make one of your own. – Dolly Parton
9.  Is there anything else you would like to share?Just to keep eyes peeled for new music!! 

Lauren Jaimes (Mom's Poppyseed Chicken Recipe)!!!

Poppyseed Chicken:

Serves 4

3 cups cooked chicken cubed

1 cup sour cream – ¼ cup milk

1 can creamed chicken soup

¼ lb. butter melted

1 ½ cups Ritz crackers crushed

2 tbsp poppy seeds

Put cooked chicken in casserole. Mix soup, sour cream, and milk and pour over chicken mixture. Mix cracker crumbs, melted butter, and poppyseeds and spread over top of casserole. Bake at 350 for 30 to 40 minutes.

Lauren Jaimes~ Q&A

1.     Hello Lauren, can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you became a country musician?

I grew up in a musical household and have always loved writing songs. Before I was born, my Dad was a touring musician and missionary in South America. My love for music definitely comes from him, but I didn’t decide to focus on music as a career until I moved to NYC.  When I was in college, I had a lot of trouble trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. I think I actually switched majors five or six times! I ended up graduating with a degree in English Literature because I absolutely love writing. When I moved to NYC, I met my fiancé Forrest, and about a year into dating I played a few of my songs for him. He was like “What?!? You’ve been hiding that from me this whole time?” After that he really encouraged me to pursue music and I started playing around The City. Once I started doing that, everything sort of seemed to click into place and make sense to me. I’m so grateful because, without him, I don’t know that I ever would have gone down this road that led me to performing country music. 

2.     What was the first country concert you ever attended?

I think the first country concert I ever attended was Lee Brice. He is such an incredibly talented musician, and he makes it look so easy up there! Watching him was like watching an old friend play a few tunes around a campfire. You know what I mean? Warms the soul! 

            3.        Can you talk about the inspiration behind your new single “Home Is Where You Are”?

            I’d love to! The melody hit me first, and I subsequently tried out a few           different lyric options. My last EP, “Here To Stay” is full of sad, sentimental,       and introspective songs, and I really wanted this next project to be the total             opposite of that. I wanted to produce something that would be fun,    upbeat, and bright. It took me a couple of tries lyrically, but with some help       from Forrest we finally landed on something fun and meaningful.

4.     Is there anything else new coming up with your music in 2020?

            Yes! I am currently working on my debut album Constellations. I’m excited   to finalize the track list and the artists I will be working with. For the release   we are planning an accompanying tour, so I’m especially looking forward to hitting the road toward the end of the year and playing in cities like Nashville and Austin. 

5.     How would you describe your music in 3 to 5 words?

Hmm… I’d say my music has a “dreamy vintage western vibe.”

6.     What was your favorite part about recording your first music video?

My favorite part about recording my first music video was getting to work with all of my very talented friends! NYC has such a great artist community and everyone is so willing and able to help each other with artistic projects. The network here is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced, and we all support each other’s goals and aspirations.

7.     What are a few of your favorite venues or events to play at?

My favorite venue I’ve ever played at was The Triad Theatre located in New York’s Upper West Side. It is such a beautiful space and has hosted so many great musical legends. I was on-stage one night after Lenny Kravitz! My favorite music to listen to is generally from the 60s and 70s, so when I found out Air Supply had played there, I was freaking out!

8.     What is one of your favorite quotes?

            I’m a huge fan of literature from the Beat Generation, so my favorite quote is from Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road”, written in 1957. I even have part of it tattooed on me! “The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who    are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the      same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders   across the stars.”

9.     Is there anything else you would like to share?

I was set to perform and debut “Home Is Where You Are” at the New Jersey Folk Festival in April, but the festival has been cancelled due to safety concerns amid the Coronavirus Outbreak. To stay up to date on a new time and location for the live debut of “Home Is Where You Are” you can join my email list at www.laurenjaimesmusic.com or follow @laurenjaimesmusic on Instagram. Stay safe lovies! 

Lauren Jaimes: Artist Spotlight

Lauren Jaimes is not your average country music singer. A writer at the core, Jaimes has always been quiet, kind and reserved, capturing many melodies and lyrics during her training at Berklee College of Music. Over time, however Jaimes discovered that underneath this reserved outer layer was a bold, different need to be heard. This need is what lead her to New York City and overcome the stage.
Jaimes’ first EP, “Here To Stay,” is a six-song collection of napkins writing and melodies that started for her as far back as elementary school. These divided works in steps remained inactive in journals and notebooks until she felt bold to fix them up and release them into the world.
“Here To Stay,” is a genre combining EP that showcases elements of Country, Folk and, Americana. It includes great lyrics that find purpose in the context of a narrative and a love for storytelling that finds life in catchy hooks and notable melodies. Jaimes’ style includes a dreamy old-timer western sound that is similar to some of her favorite musicians such as Kacey Musgraves, Roy Orbison and, Johnny Cash.
Quickly after the release, “Here To Stay,” won the category of Best Female EP from LA Music Critics Award for Indie Artist. Next Women of Country Music described Jaimes’ as, “a natural fit country music” and admired her “authentic sound and heartfelt stories.” Indie Voice Blog” shares that “Country radio has a new sweetheart in Lauren Jaimes.”
If you would like to find out more about Lauren Jaimes then check out her website at (https://laurenjaimesmusic.com).

Social Media Accounts:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/laurenjaimesmusic/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/laurenjaimesmusic/

Few Miles South~ Q&A

1.    Hello Blake & Tori, can you tell me about yourselves before you formed your country duo group “Few Miles South?”

Tori: We met in Los Angeles about six – seven years ago. We were both playing at a church. Blake was playing guitar and running sound and I was singing with the choir. I taught voice and piano as well as a yoga. Blake had his own recording studio and worked as a songwriter for a few different publishers. My background is mostly classical/formal training and Blake’s background is everything else. He learned guitar from his daddy and left home (GA) when he was 17 to pursue a music career in L.A. When we met, we found out we both loved country music and took things from there. 

2.    How did you guys form your group?

Tori: We started writing together to shop songs to other artists, but quickly changed our minds and decided to have a go at it ourselves. Blake had been in bands his whole life and I had sung with a cover band but never had my own project.

Blake: We recruited some local guys and started rehearsing and playing out. 

3.    How did you two come up with the name “Few Miles South” and were there any other choices you were going to choose instead?

Blake: The name just represents where we come from. Tori’s from Southern California and I’m from South Georgia, so “Few Miles South” just made sense. We had a list of other names, but I can’t remember them now. We even used band name generators online to try to give us some ideas. 

Tori: “Few Miles South” just seemed natural because it’s something we both have said often in conversation, mostly when giving directions.  

4.    What are your favorite songs off your brand-new EP Wiregrass?

Blake: All of ‘em, but my favorite to play live is “Grand Ole Time” and “Test of Time”. 

Tori: “$40 Room” and “Wiregrass” are my favorites. $40 makes me laugh and Wiregrass is so moody. 

5.    Where are some of your favorite venues or events to play at?

Tori: Festivals are always the most fun because of the energy. Anytime folks are engaged or dancing it’s contagious and that energy just gets passed back and forth. 

Blake: There’s also been some small bars and honky-tonks that have shown us a lot of love. We play a lot out in Wyoming and the Rocky Mountain region. It’s beautiful out there. 

6.    Is there anything else coming up with your music in 2020?

Tori: We just got a side stage slot at Red Ants Pants Music Festival in Montana this summer. That’s a pretty big opportunity for us we’re really excited about. 

Blake: We have a UK radio campaign currently running to promote our EP, specifically the single “Let Me Come Back Home”. Also, since it’s looking like we will have a lot of downtime on account of the coronavirus we got plenty of time to write and will probably have another full-length album ready before the year is finished. 

7.    What is your recording process like when creating new music?

Tori: We’re fortunate to have a home studio so we can record whenever we feel like it. We try to pick one song to work on per day when we’re finishing a project. 

Blake: I engineer and record. 

Tori: He also plays most of the instruments. 

Blake: We hire friends and other musicians to play too. We were very lucky to get Michael Cleveland to play fiddle on four out of the five tracks on Wiregrass. If folks are unfamiliar with him, he just won a Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album of the Year, (Tall Fiddler). He’s a beast. 

8.    Is there anything else you two would like to share?

Tori: We bring our dogs, Tater and Tot, with us everywhere we go. They’re a big part of our band behind the scenes. 

Blake: Check us out on our websitelisten, follow and share please! Much appreciate y’all’s support. 

9.    What are some of you guys’ favorite quotes?

Blake: “Never, ever ever ever ever give up” – Winston Churchill 

Tori: “Practice and all is coming” – K. Pattabhi Jois

“The mountains are calling and I must go” – John Muir 

Few Miles South~ Artist Spotlight

Different south sides join in this unlikely pair created by South GA resident Blake English, and Los Angeles resident, Tori Lund. English & Lund met in 2014 singing and performing in at LA church and united over their love for country music. They started writing with intents to shop songs to other artists, but after a few years putting together a catalog, they decided to get a few local musicians and form their group.
Lund is a classically trained singer and misplaced old-timer country girl. She grew up playing on her family’s piano and rapidly picked up the guitar. Her passion for singing led her to get a Masters in Music, but after graduating she realized she did not want a career in the opera. She then started to teach piano and voice lesson, she stopped working on her dreams, until she met English who inspired her to write her music again. As a devoted reader, songwriting came mechanically, and she now pens the minority of FMS’ lyrics while working on catchy melodies with English.
English comes from family guitar players and songwriters and grew up listening to rock, country and rhythm & blues. As a multi-instrumentalist with a strong ear, he moved to LA in 2000 and signed his first publishing deal. He has since worked in his studio as a writer, producer and, engineer in many different genres of music. Some of his credits include Tori Braxton, George Benson and a Grammy-nominated album by Brandy. Getting tired by the publishing world and was looking for a change, he was ready to return home to his country roots and play live music again.
Few Mile South does it all, writes, records and produces their songs, which showcases both old school reminiscence and a restoring detour from today’s expectable pop-country sound. Their first single and music video “On Down the Road,” stayed on the Independent UK HotDisc charts for over 10 weeks and was awarded “Best International Music Video in 2017.
Lund & English quit their day jobs, packed up their dog Jojo (RIP), and hit the road. In February 2018, they put out a 5-track debut EP, “Might Could,” featuring their pal and well-known pedal steel guitar player Bob “Boo” Bernstein (Tanya Tucker, Emmylou Harris, Dwight Yoakum). A year after, they released their first full-length album “California I Ain’t, describing their versatility with blues and southern rock effects throughout. Their third project and EP, “Wiregrass,” was released in early 2020 and shares skillful solos (collaboration with Grammy award fiddler, Michael Cleveland) and divine vocals, which are staples in bluegrass music.
On March 6, 2020, Lund & English put out their latest ep “Wiregrass,” and you can listen to this great masterpiece on Spotify and iTunes. If you would like to find out more about Blake English & Tori Lund then check out this website at (https://fewmilessouth.com).

Social Media Accounts:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fewmilessouth
Twitter: https://twitter.com/fewmilessouth
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fewmilessouthmusic/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXSBz0RQurLsyu8a2QmRL3g

Andrea Vasque- Q&A

  1. Hello Andrea, can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you became a country musician?

I’ve always had a love for music, growing up in a very musical family who was always surrounded by the music industry in Los Angeles. I grew up in Virginia as a kid which is where my love for country music grew at an early age. I always knew I wanted to be doing something creative whether it was in music or fashion merchandising. 

2. What was the first country album you bought?

The first country album I bought with my “own money” (chore money, ha!) was Home by The Dixie Chicks. It’s still an all-time favorite!

3. What is the background story for your brand-new song “Now I’m Gone?” 

“Now I’m Gone” is a song that I wrote a few years ago and it took me going through some things to be ready to release it. It’s about knowing when it’s time to let something go that’s not doing you any good anymore and to come out stronger on the other side. I hope this song is empowering to a lot of people and that they can relate to the lyrics and feel good singing along!

4. How would you describe your music in 3 to 5 words? 

Honest. Sassy. Fierce. Fun.

5. What is your recording process like when creating new music?

I usually start with a simple demo of a song that I want to record and from there we start to brainstorm what we want added to make the song come to life. It’s fun to see what the musicians come up with in the studio. I love watching the dobros, guitars and drums that all make the records sound so special. It’s awesome.

6. What are some of your favorite venues or events to play at? 

Here in Nashville, I’ve had fun playing at venues such as The Basement, Mercy Lounge and Whiskey Jam. Its where people who love live music go to hear new music in town and also where so many locals hang out. 

7. Do you have any rituals before you record new music or play somewhere live? 

I love watching some of my favorite artist performances and hearing their records to inspire me. It helps set the bar and reminds you to push yourself to do the best you can. I also like to just decompress and meditate if I can before I have a big event in order to prepare the best I can.

8. If you could sing a duet with any singer or group who would it be and why? 

Maren or Carrie. They are two of my favorites and It would be a dream come true. Dierks Bentley has also been a dream duet of mine. 

9. What is one of your favorite quotes? 

“Trust the timing of your life” and “everything is figureoutable.” It’s so crucial to remind ourselves in this world where it’s so hard to not compare ourselves on social media and amongst our peers.

10. Is there anything else you would like to share? 

I’m excited to be releasing more music this year and see where the release of “Now I’m Gone” takes me. In the meantime, keep up with me on my socials! Instagram & Twitter @dreavasquez, andreavasquezofficial.com, and on SpotifyApple Music or your favorite streaming service 🙂