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

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!

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~ 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! 

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 

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 🙂

Tori Martin~ Q&A

  1. Hello Tori, how are you? Can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you became a country musician? Hi, Danaille! I grew up a military brat so I moved around a lot before staying in one
    place. The longest I’ve stayed anywhere was in Texas. I got into music when I was 14 years old, so it’s been a part of me for most of my life! I come from a small town and I’m very family-oriented which reflects who I am as an artist.
  2. What made you want a career in country music? I fell in love with country music at a young age and my Paw-Paw inspired me by listening to the classics. I knew at 7 years old that I was going to be a “famous” singer one day, ha ha!
  3. What is the background story behind your new tack “What Would Dolly Do?” I’m a huge Dolly Parton fan. She has inspired me in so many ways during my life. Last summer, I visited Dollywood for the first time and saw handwritten letters from Dolly to her parents in her museum. She was talking about when she first moved to Nashville and was telling her parents not to worry about her. That struck a chord with me. Dolly has been exactly where I am now! It really humanized her and gave me a different perspective on her.
  1. Is there anything else coming up with your music in 2020?
    There are a lot of exciting things coming up for 2020! I can’t announce much about them
    yet but keep your ears open!!
  2. How would you describe your music in three to five words?
    Country, Heart, and Soul!
  3. What is your recording process like when creating new music?
    Honestly, it’s different every time. This process has been great recording my album. I’ve been a part of everything as far as recording and production so I’m really proud of the music we’re putting out.
  4. What was the first country concert you ever attended?
    I went the Music Fest in Steamboat when I was 13 and had the opportunity to see so many artists like Cross Canadian Ragweed, Randy Rogers and Kevin Fowler, which was amazing.
  5. What is one of your favorite quotes?
    “Find our who you are and do it on purpose!” – Dolly Parton
  6. Is there anything else you would like to share?
    Thank you for your support of my music! I’m very excited about “What Would Dolly Do?” and everything to come!! Please feel free to share the song and don’t forget to tag Dolly and I on socials ;).