Campfire Tales: Lindsay Ell interviewed

Expanding from our usual review round up into interview territory is scary stuff for this little column. Luckily for us our first catch-up was with up and coming Nashville-ite Lindsay Ell, following her London debut supporting The Band Perry at The Forum. We're expecting Lindsay's winning mix of country melodies and personable stage presence to bring her success in 2014 when she's due to release her first label backed album.

Please introduce yourself to our readers!

Hi! My name is Lindsay Ell. I’m originally from Calgary, Canada, but live in Nashville, TN now. I can be known as the ‘girl with the guitar’. I started playing piano when I was six years old. However, once I picked up the guitar at eight, I never looked back!

I started playing country music with my dad, and I would go to bluegrass camps with him when I was a little girl. A few years later I met up with Randy Bachman (BTO, The Guess Who) who in our first few writing sessions would play all of these amazing jazz/blues chords. Randy got me interested to start to listen to a bunch of different kinds of music, especially guitar players like Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and Eric Clapton. I’m thankful for this experience, as it opened up my mind to a whole new vocabulary as a guitar player.

How is your debut album coming along?

It is amazing to think of the past ten years, and know that everything has led up to this moment. Recording my debut album has been such a wonderful experience. We’ve currently cut half the record so far, and will be going back into the studio early in the New Year to finish it up.

I have written/co-written everything we have cut so far, and it is the first time I’ve been in the studio where my producers have let me play all my own guitars. I am working on this record with New Voice, and we’ve been having a great time in the studio putting everything together. We’re looking forward getting back into the studio in the new year!

When can we expect to see it in the UK?

I am hoping for middle of 2014 to be getting ready to release the record in the UK, but it will just depend on the release of my first single, 'Trippin’ On Us'.

You’ve just toured with The Band Perry - how was that?

The European run of the We Are Pioneers Tour was absolutely amazing. I am so thankful for The Band Perry inviting me out with them, as they completely took me in as one of their own, and we had such an incredible time in Europe! This was my first time ever overseas, and I’m so happy that I was able to spend it with them to explore all of these new cities. We hit nine countries and 20 shows in under 30 days.

And do you have any plans to return to the UK next year?

Yes, now that I have gotten a feel for the fans over here, I cannot wait to come back. I hope to make my tours to the UK a regular annual thing.

Do you have an earliest musical memory? Was there a record or act that made you think 'I want to do this'?

I remember getting my first electric guitar for Christmas when I was eight years old. I will never forget holding it for the first time. Growing up, I remember learning every single word to every Shania Twain song just so I could sing them anywhere I went.

Where do you see yourself in five years time?

In five years I hope to be continuing to travel around the world playing to fans… but just to bigger audiences, as many fans as I can. :)

If we were to look at your MP3 player, would we find any of your own music on there?

Yes, of course! I am my own biggest critic. On my iPod I have about every genre imaginable, but I also try to record every live performance I do, to try to constantly be improving and learning from myself.

Have you got any tips for other artists who are maybe starting out?

A tip I would have for other artists is just to know who you are and what you want in your heart, and never let anyone sway you. So much of music is being true to yourself. It’s what makes you stand apart, and it’s easy sometimes to let those around you influence your artist direction, when in turn, that’s the thing that is going to take you further than anything else. That being said, I have learnt to take advice from those that I trust around me, and am constantly reminded that hard work always pays off.

How would you sell your new single ‘Tripping On Us’ to us?

'Trippin’ On Us' is the perfect mix of a tempo country song with lots of guitar and powerful melodies, well at the same time focusing on the eternal good feeling of young love.

What's next for you?

We are currently preparing for the North American run of the We Are Pioneers World tour, starting in Canada on January 9th, and then we start in the States February through March. I’m so excited to get back on the road with The Band Perry, and we’re adding Easton Corbin to the lineup, so it’s gonna be some good shows ahead!

You can find out more about Lindsay on her website or follow her on Twitter @lindsayell.

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