Tera Lynne Fister~ Meatball Sandwich Recipe

Ingredients:

1 Pound Ground beef

1 pound Mild Italian sausage

One yellow onion, chopped

Loads of garlic

Generous amount course sea salt/ black pepper

Basil (you cannot over due herbs)

Italian parsley

Two eggs

½ cup milk

Breads crumbs till it “feels right” – you’ll know. Not too sticky, not too dry

Instructions:

Hand mix, then roll into balls.

Sear sides in hot pan of oil

Finish cooking in marinara on medium heat (8 minutes-ish) 

Toast whatever bread you choose. Insert meatballs. Splash some marinara in there. Add some shredded parmesan and let melt. Devour. 

Tera Lynne Fister~ Q&A!!!

1. Hello Tera Lynne, can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you became a country musician? Heck ya! I’ve always made music but before I was a full time musician. I worked at Dave Sinclair Ford in St. Louis, Missouri. I worked in the aftermarket department. I really enjoyed my time there with my Dave Sinclair family. I also worked at my local music store, Tower Music, all throughout high-school in Fenton MO where I am from. I actually had to get a work permit because I wanted to work there so badly, but I was too young! I took all my lessons growing up there as well…piano, guitar, drums, vocal, etc. Outside of work I always loved the outdoors. I was always on four wheelers going down to the river banks with friends or on horses with my mom. Lots of soccer was played. I loved going to concerts. I was a wild child in the best sense. I had a wonderful time growing up in MO. I moved to Nashville right after I turned 21, so I’ve been doing music full time basically my entire adult life.
2. What made you want a career in country music? It is not really a “want,” it’s who I am. If nobody ever heard my music it would still be my peace of mind. My therapist. My Friday night track. My solace. Music is truly ingrained in me to my very core. I never really had a drive for anything else. I’ve just always known that this is what I am here to do. No questions asked. The fact that it pays my bills is just a blessing.  3. What is the background story behind your latest single “Hell Raiser?” “Hell Raiser” was written at a time in my life where I was single and happy to be! Then, as they do, along came this guy, trying to get all up in my business, and I was not sure I was ready for it. So my immediate reaction was to tell him flaws thinking it would deter him. I think it only gave him more fuel to the fire. He pursued and pursued and pursued with every curve ball I threw at him. I am happy to state I am actually still with that gentleman. His name is Tommy and we are going on three years.  4. Is there anything else new coming up with your music in 2020? I know you have more music scheduled to be released. Yes! More music to come, more shows to play, more videos to release, more fans to shake hands and sing to! This train is rolling with hot coal! 
5. What are some of your favorite venues or events to play at?I am absolutely stoked to play in Switzerland this coming August. I will be playing at a ten day festival called BadenfHart. Festivals are my absolute favorite.  
6. How would you describe your music in 3 to 5 words? Sassy. Honest. Raw.
7. What is your recording process like when creating new tunes? It usually starts with a poem if I am writing by myself, which usually sprouts from a single phrase or line that I have been mulling over in my brain for a couple days. After the poem is written, I pick up the guitar and see where my hands take me. I close my eyes and just fumble around until I find something in stride that seems to speak to the words and service what they are trying to convey.  Once that is sorted, the words rearranged to match the melody and vice versa. Then it’s onto the studio to make the magic if the songs a keeper (which not all are, some are just therapy on a page that needed to come out).  8. What is one of your favorite quotes? The definition of hell: On your last day on earth, the person you became will meet the person you could have become.  9. Is there anything else you would like to share? Fall in love with everything and be grateful for it all. I’d be especially grateful if you joined my journey on social media! Follow me @iamfister

Tera Lynne Fister~ Artist Spotlight

         If you have visit Nashville, you know music is in any area. And chances are you possibly heard about lively, brave, strong singer Tera Lynne Fister at some point performing either an acoustic show or full band performance around town. If you’ve been blessed to have seen vivid bright hot pink hair jumping around on stage with her playful banter and edgy guitar skills, it is an event you’ll keep with you long after you see Fister’s show.

         St. Louis, Missouri resident has lived the last 8 years in Music City working on her music, even starting her own band called the Lady and the Gents. Sponsered by Cole Clark Guitars, this passion independent musician leaks every performance with what her mom used to call “psychedelic honkytonk rock.”

         Fister mom’s whom she terribly lost of pancreatic cancer at the age of 54, used to tell Fister that she came out of the womb singing. And with a family line of talent musicians, it is no wonder she was shown to a huge variety of genres and instruments. Piano, drum, and guitar lessons as a kid led to school recitals, where Fister grasped that she could not do anything else but music for a living. Also, she still owns the little black three-quarter size guitar that she received on her 11th birthday. She would play with that guitar on the floor for hours at a time in her room, looking up chords, charts and finger skills to practice. The finding of CMT extend her career path when she knew that one day, she too would make a music videos like one she saw on TV. Artists like Willie Nelson, Aerosmith, Fall Out Boy, Dave Grohl and musicals like Moulin Rouge offered her with own private soundtrack throughout her teenage years.

         She released her first single “Hell Raiser,” which will be followed by two more single all leading up to whole self-titled album, in what she named “28 years of Tera in a 7-song diary.” The album was produced by Thom Donovan and Christopher Griffins of the Will Hoge Band and mastered by five-time Grammy award winner Ray Kennedy (Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow)/

         Donovan & Griffiths also co-wrote with Fister in addition to producing it. Fister uses her along time to write new music. She has also got chance to play for singers and groups such as Alabama, Neal McCoy and Jo Dee Messina as rhythm guitarist and background vocalist for country music rising artist Kelsey Hickman. A person of many hats, she also landed a job with BGV in 2018 for the USA network’s singing competition reality show, “Real Country,” with judges Travis Tritt, Shania Twain and Jake Owen. That same year, she did a whole week gig in Switzerland performing the Loschwasserbecken Baden (LWB) and will be going back in August 2020 for a ten-day festival, BadenfHart.

         If you would like to find out more about Tera Lynne Fister then check out her website at (https://iamfister.com). 

Social Media Accounts: 

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

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/iamfister

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbHPfWvW4r4HE3OvPSBPBHQ

Twitter: https://twitter.com/iamfister

Elora Taylor ~ Q&A!!!

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

I grew up in competitive figure skating and at the age of sixteen I was told I was no longer able to continue in the sport due to an injury. I spent a week or so laying on the couch, devastated, which is when I turned to songwriting. I put all her focus into singing and writing songs. Later on I formed the all girl pop/rock band called “Tallulah Darling”. We played many of the major venues in Toronto Ontario, played festivals and showcased for Sony Records in New York City. We also had songs on national radio here in Canada.  We eventually went our separate ways and I began focusing back on my solo career and my love for country music.

2.     What was the first country album you ever bought?

I can’t remember the first one I bought, (I think it was Miranda Lambert’s “Revolution”)but I remember being given Shania Twain’s “Come On Over” CD when I was a kid. I LOVED that album and there was many a dance routine made to it… lol I still remember all the words to that album!

3.     What is the background story behind your latest single “My Broken Heart?”

The song is about how sometimes you need to fall apart to put yourself back together again. It is written around a break up type scenario, but it came about after my mother passed away unexpectedly 2 years ago. It was that idea that you need to grieve what is lost so that you can heal and keep living life which was very true for me after that. 

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

I am releasing an acoutsic version of “My Broken Heart” on April 16th and will be releasing a new single hopefully in May! 

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

I love playing writers rounds wether it be here in Canada or down in Nashville. I love hearing other peoples songs and supporting each other in that way!

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

Modern country music with an outlaw twist. That’s a little more than 5 words, conjunctions don’t count right? lol

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

We usually start by doing a demo version of the song at home so we can work out how we want it to sound. My boyfriend, well now, fiance (ah! I feel so grown up!), produces my songs. We will then take it to an actual recording studio, one that is not in the basement, although it’s pretty good actually, and record the full version there. I love the process of going from a song with just vocals and acoustic guitar and seeing it become something so much bigger! 

8.     What is one of your favorite quotes?

“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.” Marcus Aurelius

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

I also co-host a country music podcast called The Country Music Show! We play established and up and coming artists, give some background/history on them and talk about whatever the shows theme is! It is out every other Sunday and available where ever you listen to podcasts!

Elora Taylor~ Artist Spotlight

Elora Taylor is a country music singer and songwriter from Toronto, ON. As a child, Taylor was involved in competitive figure skating and at the age of 16, she was told she was no longer able to stay in the sport, due to an injury. She spent one week relaxing on the couch, upset, which she next turned to songwriting. She put all her time into singing and writing songs. She started a girl rock band, called the “Tallulah Darling,” They performed at many big venues in Toronto, festivals and showcases for Sony Records in New York City. They eventually went their own ways and Taylor started going back on her solo career and her passion for country music. She has written hundreds of songs and established credit from the Billboard World Songwriting contest, CosmoGirl Magazine and, the Expose Yourself songwriting contest.
Taylor’s songs “Him and Her,” and “Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop,” have been played on the national, internet and college radio. Her song “Metal Heart,” was cited in the FX show “The League.” Taylor recorded her EP “Thunder and Lightning” in Nashville. In 2018, Taylor “Silver Into Gold,” came out.
On February 21, 2020, Taylor’s latest single is “My Broken Heart,” and it is played on both Spotify and iTunes. If you would like to find out more about Elora Taylor, then check out her website at (https://www.elorataylor.com).

Social Media Accounts:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/elorataylormusic
Twitter: https://twitter.com/elorataylor
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/elora.taylor.music/

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/