Tristen- So for whatever reason during quarantine last year everyone got into breadmaking. I definitely fell into that trap, or at least an adjacent one haha! Maddie was pregnant and I was bored so I developed an at home pizza dough and made a bunch of margarita pizzas and calzones.
The dough recipe is fairly simple. 2 cups of cold water (or beer for extra flavor), at least 5 cups of flour (I like bread flour, but use all purpose as well), 1 tsp of active dry yeast, 1 tbs salt, 2 tbs of honey (or sugar if you prefer). Mix in a stand mixer until a ball forms. Line a bowl with olive oil, cover and let stand for 8-12 hours at room temp. Knead it all together on a floured surface and divide into 4 equal sized dough balls. I then let it ferment in the fridge for a day as well to get an even better bite, texture and flavor. Preheat a pizza stone in the oven for at least an hour at the highest temperature it can go, add your favorite toppings, and badabing, you’ve got something at least slightly better than the cardboard pizza in the frozen section of your local grocery haha.
Hello Madison and Tristen, can you all tell us a little bit about yourselves before becoming a country duo? Hey Dee! Frist off, thank you for wanting to interview us for your blog! We actually just kind of organically became a duo. We started dating 8 years ago on October 28th and from there it took us about 3 years to officially become a country duo. At the time, Tristen was a solo country artist and I was actually doing an alt rock project. We would bring each other out to one another’s shows and always feature each other. We started getting booked for shows together and that turned into only getting booked shows together. We had to finally look at each other one day and say “we think we’re a country duo” haha
How did you come up with Lazy Jane as your group name, were there any other names you were going to pick instead? The summer we officially started the duo, I think we played under 6 different names on Broadway. We thought about the name Maddie & T but realized that was too close to Maddie & Tae.. probably would have boosted our ticket sales but given us a crowd full of confused faces haha. We came home one day for a gig very frustrated with the fact that we hadn’t come up with a solid name. We ended up pulling Shell Silverstein’s “Where the Sidewalk Ends” off our bookshelf and just said “Whatever poem this lands on is our band name, no changing it.” We opened it and the first name that popped up was Lazy Jane. We instantly loved it and never changed it again.
Who are some of your guys’ musical icons? We kind of have an eclectic group of icons and we are constantly inspired by a ton of artists so it’s hard to narrow it down. Early on, I loved artists like KISS, Dwight Yokam, Restless Heart, Foo Fighters. On the other hand, Madison is drawn to artists such as Stevie Nicks, Bleachers, The Goo Goo Dolls, Kacey Musgraves, Keith Urban and anything Jack White. We are also currently loving anything The Night Game releases. So as you can see, we are a little all over the place. We jokingly say that Lazy Jane sounds like if Keith Urban was in Fleetwood Mac, but you can definitely hear glimpses of our other influences in there.
What is the background story behind your brand-new single “Sounds Like You?” We wrote “Sounds Like You” back in January while on a writers’ retreat with our friend and one of our favorite collaborators, Cameron Newby. We had recently just teamed up with the Swon Brothers, who produced our upcoming EP that is coming out on Oct. 29th, and we were about 30 days from going into the studio. They encouraged us to try and beat the songs we had all the way up until recording day. The very first day of our writers’ retreat we ended up writing it pretty quickly and it just tells the story of running away with that long time crush that rolls into town. We were back writing in Madison’s hometown… so that might have had something to do with the concept.
What is your recording process like when creating and making new music? We spend a lot of the year in co-writes and we are lucky to have a group of creatives that really get us lyrically and sonically. It really is a team effort when bringing a song to life. Some of the music that we are releasing are songs that we wrote a few years ago. When writing, it typically starts with a title and then Tristen will play around with different vibes on his guitar until we have that “ah ha that’s it” moment. From there we just try to map out the story of the song and somewhere in between all of that, it falls into place. Like we said earlier, we have a group of fantastic co-writers, such as Lisa Winfield and Cameron Newby, that we couldn’t do it without and they just so happen to be some of our best friends so that makes it fun.
How would you two describe your music in 3 to 5 words? Energetic, free-spirited, positive
What are a few of your favorite venues to play at? Oh, that’s a tough one. In Nashville, we’ve spent a ton of time playing at the Sutler Saloon. They’ve been really good to us over the years while we were growing as artists. Other than that we absolutely love playing music festivals. There are always a bunch of cool people in attendance so it’s really fun to meet people there. We honestly just love being on the road and playing, so we’ve been to quite a few really neat venues along the way.
What are a few of your guys’ favorite quotes? “If you have two, you have one. If you have one, you have none.” This is definitely a motto I keep in mind as we pack for any show. It’s all about being prepared and having backups whether it’s cables, microphones, guitars, strings…whatever can go wrong just having a spare handy is essential. Any time I haven’t packed double we’ve had an issue. It’s also a good excuse I give Maddie so I can get new equipment! haha. (Madison): “There is a past version of yourself that is so proud of how far you’ve come.” Over the years, I have worked on pushing past lack of self-confidence and anxiety when it comes to being a creative. Sometimes it’s hard to let yourself be exactly who you’re supposed to be. I’ve worked really hard at reintroducing myself to myself over and over again.. if that makes sense. When the confidence problem starts sneaking it’s way back in, I picture a past version of myself and remember that she would be extremely proud that we’ve stuck with our dreams.
What do you two like to do in your free time when not working or playing music? We have a 1 year old, Indie so when we are working on music, we are all about family time. We are also working on a 1973 GMC Painted Desert motorhome, named Bennie, to be our tour vehicle. We love not being stationary so we will plan on hitting the road even when we aren’t working or touring. We really like hiking and being outdoors in general and there’s a lot of sights to see. Not to be cheesy, but we really want to show Indie the whole world as she grows up.
Lazy Jane is a country duo providing a different exciting take on the genre with its flying songs, bold guitar playing, and wonderful vocal combos. The duo was started in the summer of 2016 by now husband and wife Madison and Tristen Smith. Both of them took inspiration from a poem in Shel Silverstein’s “Where the Sidewalk Ends,” the two of them loved the concept of having a name that seemed a little unexpected given the lively sounds of their live concerts. In its short journey, Lazy Jane has played shows not only in many living rooms and dive bars but also in well-known venues and festivals such as the Capitol Theater (Wheeling, WV), Bluebird Cafe (Nashville, TN) and Jamboree in the Hills (St. Clairsville, OH).
In 2020, they released a few songs “Pretty Drifter” and “Devil I Know,” produced by country powerhouse producers Derek George (Randy Houser, Darius Rucker, Rascal Flatts and more) and Julian King (Willie Nelson, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill and More.
In October 2021 their brand-new and latest single “Sounds Like You,” came out. The single and their other songs are available both on Spotify and Apple Music. If you would like to find out more about this great up-and-coming country music duo then please go take a look at their website (https://www.lazyjanemusic.com).