Lindsay Ell: Q & A!!!

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  1. What goes into naming your albums?

Naming an album is a much bigger process than figuring out the title for a song. You want to find a name that tells the full story of everything you’ve been trying to say on a record.  Sometimes one particular song sticks out as taking on a bigger identity, sometimes a song lyric feels like it needs to take a different role, or sometimes it’s something different altogether.

  1. What has been your favorite venue to play at so far in your music career?

The Ryman.  There is a special feeling when you walk on that stage. When you think of how many legends have gone before you, that you are following in their footsteps. You have big shoes to fill. It is the ‘Mother Church’ of country music…

  1. You played over a 100 shows this year, how do you spend your free while on the road?

I love to workout on the road, go find a yoga class, play guitar, or go find little local shops around the city we’re in….specifically shoes or guitar shops. And local restaurants are my fav!

  1. What you forward to in your music in 2017?

I look forward to releasing an album…something I feel like I’ve been preparing for over the past 15 years.  It’s time.  Getting to go on the road with Brad Paisley….watching Brad is such an inspiring experience to me.  His playing has such conviction and dynamics.  I can’t wait to start touring with him and getting to watch him every night!

  1. Have you learned anything from any musicians or groups that you have opened up for?

We most recently played Bobby Bones’ 2nd annual Million Dollar Show at the Ryman, and got to play on stage with Garth Brooks. It was so incredible getting to share the stage with him, and from a few feet away watch how he commands the crowd.  He never leaves a part of the audience out, and there is something huge about making an audience feel at home like he does so well.

  1. What is your songwriting process like when creating a new song?

I get most of my songwriting ideas from people watching, and bringing stories out of my own life and telling them in a way that people can relate to.  The most important thing to me while writing a song is describing a feeling that someone can be like…’I know what that feels like.”

  1. How did you decide you wanted to have a career in country music?

Being a country music artist was something I knew I wanted to do from a very young age.  I started playing in my church when I was really little, and from that point on was playing shows anywhere anyone would let me play.  I fell in love with the stage and with singing stories about my life to inspire people.  So I got hooked from about 10 on.

  1. When did you first start playing guitar and what was the first song you ever learned to play on it?

I started playing guitar when I was 8 years old.  My dad played guitar and so the first time I picked one up I asked him to show me something. It was the opening riff to Stairway To Heaven.

  1. Lindsay, thanks so much again for wanting to be a part of Dixiedee’s Blog, is there anything else you would like to share?

I am a huge social media fanatic.  I love getting to talk one on one with fans, teach them guitar lessons, and getting to feel like I have a part in inspiring them to follow their heart.  So come find me!! Snapchat, Insta, Twitter, Facebook…whatever you’re on, come say hello!

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