Home' Rhythms Magazine : September October 2018 Contents 21
I’m always listening and looking
for ideas in every day conversation
and life. Inspiration is everywhere if
you know where to look for it. My
husband (Jeremy Ivey) and I just
make it a point to get up and write
every day. We usually write in the
back lounge of the bus, or in hotel
rooms, or really anywhere that we
can. We actually recorded an album
already this past September, but I
think I’m gonna shelve it and release
it in like, 10 years.
I don’t think it’s the album that I
want to put out now. But it’s full
of great songs - I just don’t think
it’s the direction I want to go next.
I love how Neil Young released
Hitchhiker, and it’s so cool, I think,
for people to save things from their
more prolific times and then be able
to release them later.
You want to do something
Yeah, I think so. I really want to
do something that’s more rooted in
rock’n’roll than the country sound.
Get some different influences in the mix.
Can you talk a little more about your
Songs are such mysterious works of art...
they’re like ghosts, they exist in the air.
I wrote “A Little Pain” in the back of
our sprinter rolling down that highway
in under twenty minutes and knew the
melody before I ever sat down with the
guitar. I wrote “Hands of Time” over
the course of two to three months I’d
say... I had a completely different melody
to start out with and it just didn’t feel
right. Finally, I put down the guitar and
sat down at the piano and I found the
melody. I wrote “Hurtin’ on the Bottle”
with three other people over a massive
bottle of Bulleit Bourbon one night.
(My husband, Mark Fredson and Caitlin
Rose.) I tweaked it later but we basically
wrote the majority of the song blind
drunk on my back porch long ago.
It was just a few years back that we both
played on a bill with Lily Hiatt for the
Fanny’s House of Music Americana
Showcase. Soon after your album came
out on Third Man Records. From where
I stood it seemed like you were plucked
from one reality and placed in another.
Is that how it felt to you?
Not necessarily.... I felt that I had put the
time in to get where I am today and like
a flood gate was let open. Something I
could see in the horizon but never reach.
Oh boy, I remember that gig
though. I played last and they had
ran out of beer. Everyone left and I
sang my broken heart out to the few
I’d been working at this for 13 long
years, so it just felt like a relief to
finally accomplish some dreams.
If that hadn’t had happened, I don’t
know where or what I would be
doing. Because we have a kid, and
it was getting really hard to go out
on the road, and to not make any
money, and usually come back in the
hole. So, it’s a good change to have
We’ve got the same friends, and I’ve
tried to remain in touch with who I
was before and not let success go to
my head. (laughs)
Now you’re playing to a much
bigger audiences, how has that
changed your performance style?
We’ve grown as a band just because
we’re out playing all the time...
250 days a year. I definitely feel our
live show has improved from even
three years ago. I’ve gotten more
comfortable talking on stage and to
not be afraid to play whatever instrument
I want. Recently, in our live show, I’ve
been getting behind the drums, and
playing piano, and I put the guitar down
and just sing with the mic. Watching
other people’s live shows - I’m always
looking for different things that I can
add to my show and taking mental notes
about what I can do to give the crowd the
absolute best show for their money.
I’m going on 15 years of living in
Nashville and the knowledge I’ve gained
while cutting my teeth in this beautifully
competitive city is immeasurable. I
couldn’t have learned any of this at
Berkley or Julliard, I learned it by being
on stage at Dive Bars, Clubs, House
Parties, Music Venues, Honky Tonks,
Theaters, Festivals and Amphitheaters all
over this God Forsaken world.
“I’d been working at this
for 13 long years, so it just
felt like a relief to finally
accomplish some dreams.”
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