How the devil are you Sarah Darling, Jenn Bostic, and Kyshona Armstrong
Bringing a little bit of the Music City vibe to towns and cities across the UK, Nashville-ites Sarah Darling, Jenn Bostic and Kyshona Armstong have joined forces for a "Night In Nashville" tour. You can catch the trio in a built up area near to you soon. In the car, on the way home from a gig, Sarah, Jenn, and Kyshona answer our questions.
Well hello songwriters, how the devil are you?
Hello Music Fix, we are great. It’s lovely to be touring in the UK. How are you?
We are just dandy, thank you. First up, can you tell us about the concept of your tour?
A Night in Nashville is a unique musical format featuring songs in the round; artists of different backgrounds sharing the stories behind the songs.
Introductions then… Sarah, tell us about Jenn.
Sarah Jenn is one of my favourite artists in Nashville. We met through music and continue to grow our friendship, and the songs we write become better and better. She’s a beautiful soul.
Jenn, tell us about Kyshona.
Jenn She's a bluesy soul singer that stopped me in my tracks from the first the first note I ever heard her sing. Her voice inspires so many of the songs we’ve written together and her presence is powerful on stage and off.
Kyshona, tell us about Sarah.
Kyshona Sarah is one of the most peaceful spirits I've met since moving to Nashville, and is one of the hardest working women I've had the privilege to watch. She handles every situation with an element of grace. Her songs have a fairytale quality and I love escaping when I listen to her sing.
How did you guys meet?
Kyshona and Jenn met on the road three years ago, Jenn and I were set up to write by their publishers, and now we’re all exploring uncharted territory together sharing music with new audiences.
How do each of you approach songwriting?
All of our songs are very personal, often drawing from what’s happening in our lives at that very moment.
Kyshona I tend to be inspired by things that are happening socially in the world.
Sarah I like to write about finding light in the darkness.
Jenn I draw from raw emotion, and the hope buried underneath the brokenness.
What’s your favourite song from each other?
Sarah’s: 'Halley’s Comet'; Kyshona’s: 'Can You Feel It'; Kyshona’s favourite of Jenn’s is 'Hollywood' while Sarah’s is 'Not Yet'.
(Editor note: 'Halley's Comet' is so new that no recorded version exists.)
Touring then. Have you got a place you’ve loved? And hated?
We hate the roundabouts, we love Topshop.
The concept of the tour comes from the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville; what is it that makes that place so interesting?
The history and quality of songs. Some of the biggest songwriters of all time have performed in that venue, and some of the biggest hits were first played in-the-round at the Bluebird.
Who has the most annoying touring habit?
Kyshona’s had a few breakdowns as she experiences jetlag for the first time, Jenn just refuses to trust the navigator when driving with a navigator, while I like to go to sleep to the sound of medival flutes.
How is the dynamic different for you on this your than on your individual tours?
We love it! We're all used to travelling alone, and it's refreshing to have three artists from such different backgrounds sharing the same stage and the experiences that go along with touring.
Jenn, Sarah, I know you’ve been to the UK before, do you have a favourite thing about our grey but lovely country?
Sarah The crispy bits in the chips.
Jenn Cream Tea.
What’s the toughest thing about touring?
Staying healthy and getting proper rest. Also driving.
And what makes it all worthwhile?
Making a connection with the audience, believing the songs we share have touched someone in the room.
Where’s the strangest place you’ve played live?
Kyshona I played an all-male nudist campsite.
Sarah I sang on a hay bail in a hotel parking lot.
Jenn And I've performed at an animal sanctuary in Germany, with an ostrich watching through the window.
Social media: pain in the butt or vital to artists in 2016?
Jenn and Sarah Vital.
Kyshona Pain in the butt!
If you could only listen to one song this week, what would it be?
Jenn: JT’s “Can't Stop The Feeling”
Kyshona: Beyonce’s “I Ain't Sorry”
Sarah: Coldplay’s “Hymn for the Weekend”
Finally, how do you take your coffee? (Or alcohol?)
Sarah Gin and Tonic
Kyshona Whiskey Straight
Thanks so much for your time team A Night In Nashville!
Thank you for interviewing us as a trio, and giving us a chance to share a little bit of our journey.
There's still time to experience A Night In Nashville as the tour continues across the UK.