Erik Stucky, “For Old Times’ Sake” Has A True Grasp On Americana And Bluegrass Music…

We spoke with the amazing musician, singer songwriter and mandolin extraordinaire about his latest solo album release “Stray Clouds“. We introduce you to his musical career as well as his inspiration. We thank Erik for the interview, and I can’t wait to hang out with him on our next trip to Nashville, TN.

B Chord: Hey man, tell us a little bit about how you got into music and your career so far?

Erik Stucky: I started playing mandolin around the age of 10. I grew up in Colorado and my Dad was a big music enthusiast especially in folk and bluegrass. We used to attend bluegrass festivals .I grew up listening to Bluegrass Revival, James Taylor, Lyle Lovett, and Mary Chapin Carpenter. I began playing mandolin after hearing Mark O’Connor play it at a bluegrass festival. I took lessons and got to playing the mandolin for a while and then got into singing and song writing around the age of 18. I live in Nashville now and just released my first solo album. I play mandolin for a couple Americana artists as well.

B Chord: You had the privilege of opening for John Oates. Can you tell us a little about that?

Erik Stucky: John Oates produced a friend of mine, David Starr’s latest album. When John was playing at the Station Inn, he asked David to open for him. David asked me to play some mandolin for that show. Playing at the Station Inn was a really cool setting.

B Chord: I see you play a lot of instruments? Which ones? What is your favorite?

Erik Stucky: Mandolin and guitar are the instruments that I play at my shows. So that’s pretty much what I do. I do play bass and fiddle when I am recording my albums, but as far as my performances, I play mandolin and guitar.

B Chord: Tell us a little about “Stray Clouds” and the songs on the album?

Erik Stucky: “Stray Clouds” is the first solo album that I have done. There are songs on there that range from new to about 5 years old. I also included  the ones that I had a real desire to put out. One song on the album I wrote two weeks before entitled “Old Habits Never Die.” This was because I wanted an upbeat bluegrass tune to pay tribute to my upbringing. There is a span of 5 years of songwriting on that one album.

B Chord: I love “For Old Times’ Sake” can you tell us a little about the writing process?

Erik Stucky: That was actually one of the older songs that I wrote when I was out living in Santa Barbara, California and that was a reflection from being from a small town in Colorado and reminiscing about that. There is a line in there “a drive-in movie screen” which we still have in Montrose, Colorado which is a rare thing. I was thinking a lot about home when writing that song.

B Chord: Do songs come to you easily or do you have to get away to write?

Erik Stucky: It works all sorts of different ways. I think songwriters are always discovering their process because it seems to be changing for me. I’ve written songs where I have had to sit down night after night to write them. I have also written songs….Well I wrote “Holding Back the Rain” without a guitar driving a tractor in Kansas and I saw a cloud and just started singing it. I went in at lunchtime and worked it out on the guitar, but everything was written while driving. I moved to Nashville full time a year ago and before that I made trips down here. I now do a lot of co-writing here.

B Chord: What do you have lined up for 2018 so far?

Erik Stucky: Well I am actually playing a gig tonight and then I have a string of gigs coming up in California next month…….some are solo and some I am playing with Nathan McEuen. We also are doing a trio thing with Nathan, Paul Allen and myself. They are both incredible musicians and songwriters in the LA area. In March, I have a big month-long Texas tour where I am playing live radio shows to listening rooms.
B Chord: You have a very nice distinct folkie American sound that is all your own.  I do hear a little James Taylor in there. Who are some of your inspirations?

Erik Stucky: Well thank you very much. James Taylor. Lyle Lovett is just an artist that I really dig. His creativity is just very expressive. Darrell Scott.  Paul Simon is someone else that I grew up listening to a lot. On my album, I did a couple covers and Don Williams was one of them to pay tribute to that older country era. John Hartford is also someone I grew up listening to. He wrote “Gentle on My Mind” that Glen Campbell performed. He was a fiddle and banjo player and a very creative guy. There are so many, but those are the ones that were prevalent when I was growing up. I also like the band Nickel Creek. John Moore, the guy who produced my album, who plays a lot of guitar and the banjo player are in a band called Bluegrass, Etc. They had a huge influence on my music through my teen years and I still hang out with them and am still learning from them.

B Chord: You are stranded on an island and you can take only one instrument with you. What would the instrument be and why?

Erik Stucky: I’d take my Collings mandolin which is the model that I play. The mandolin was just my first intro to music and set fire to me wanting to play. The guitar came much later. Collings MT2 A Style mandolin and I might take an F style as well. I really like the Collings mandolin.

Thank you again Erik for a fantastic insight on your musical career and your current projects. Please check out the links below and download “Stray Clouds” today, come on what are you waiting for it is just below!

website – www.erikstucky.com/
Facebook – www.facebook.com/stuckysmusic/
Instagram – www.instagram.com/erikstucky/
Music Links
https://www.amazon.com/Stray-Clouds-Erik-Stucky/dp/B06XPVTBL2
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/stray-clouds/id1216915585
https://open.spotify.com/artist/3VNMVp1XJKhDRf1SAilwzv
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Lewis Brice Has The “Best Ex Ever”

We spoke with Lewis Brice on his new EP that is out and the writing process. If you don’t know Lewis or haven’t listened to his music you are truly missing out. He has so much talent and a style and sound that is all his own. I feel he will be a household name in the country music world in 2018. We hope you enjoy this read and keep an eye out for touring information for the coming year. Thanks again Lewis, you are truly an awesome person and thanks for having fun with us in this interview.

B Chord: Lewis how are you. I have read a lot of articles putting your music in a southern rock, bluesy, country, swampy sound. But you know what?  To me your music is Lewis Brice. It is very unique and amazing man. I can tell you will have some awesome things happening very soon.

Lewis Brice: I love that. Thank you very much!

B Chord: So tell us a little about your EP that is out right now. How long did it take you to write?

Lewis Brice: The EP was quite a process. It took about 2 years to get those 6 songs. I’ve been writing those songs for a while. Really got the ball rolling. We spent a lot of time on it and I really feel like the sound we got out of it gives a good representation of who I am. I’m a pretty scattered brained person when it comes to music. I like all kinds of music like Pop, Country, and Rock and Roll – 90’s era of music. We worked very diligently on it and we put in a lot of hours. Our song we are pushing for radio right now is “Best Ex Ever”. There aren’t many songs that shed a good lite on the ex but this song came from a time I needed help and made that call and she answered.

B Chord: “Best Ex Ever” is a great song. Where did you film the video? It is such a fun video to watch.

Lewis Brice: It was filmed in Nashville. We filmed it with my buddy Chase Lower. We wanted to match the song which is a quirky, funny song. We filmed it inside at Blue Bar where you probably got a glimpse of my brother at the very end and then up and down Division Street. We actually filmed the phone scene, because they don’t have pay phones anymore. We actually found a booth at Virginia’s Market at Division Street in Nashville. There was no phone in it so we had to go out and buy a phone to put in it.

B Chord: So I hear you frequent Key West. Is there any particular spot you usually play? How often do you visit and how did that start?

Lewis Brice: Key West has been a big part of my life making music. My good buddy Nick Norman lives down there. It’s really easy place to get to and try out my music. I play at the Smokin’ Tuna Saloon a lot down there and at the Nashville Gulf’s headliners festival. I’ll be down there the first week of January I am schedule to go back down and I am really looking forward to it.

B Chord: “Messin’ With my Mind” is just an amazing song. It has some great play on Sirius XM and other airplay as well. What was the story behind the song?

Lewis Brice: My buddy Matt Clinton lives down in Key West and he help me write the bridge portion of it. That one is a story about when I was in an on and off relationship with a girl and I was back and forth in Nashville and I got to the point where I wanted to have a serious relationship. I took her out to a real nice dinner at the Outback Steakhouse. I thought the bloomin onion would seal the deal so I asked if she would like to make this more of a serious relationship and low and behold she said “Well……….I really don’t want a serious relationship, I really like being single. So I just said: “That’s cool.” Two days later I was in Delaware playing a gig and I get a call from my buddy who said “So, what happened to that girl in Nashville?” I said “Well we’re still hanging out.” He said: “That’s crazy, she got engaged man.” So then I wrote the song right then and there and for the lack of a better word I had to use “Messin”

B Chord: “Alabama” has to be my favorite song on there. The bass beat is awesome, the vocals are great, and the old Hank references are amazing. Was that a new one that you wrote for the album or has that one been around for a bit?

Lewis Brice: That one was a new one. I actually wrote that with my brother, Lee Brice. We were out in the garage and wanted to write a party song about where we were from, South Carolina. Our friends had farmland and we would have field parties so we wrote a song about it. Lee was looking to write a song called Alabama so we tried to use that. When we started writing, to have a good country song, you have to put a girl in it. The girl was the life of the party but no one ever got her name or where she was from so we called her, Alabama.

B Chord: When can we expect the full album out?

Lewis Brice: I’m actually working on a whole different record and at the beginning of the year I want to finish up that half record. I am currently working with two different producers right now. I can promise you it won’t be another 3 years. I hope to have the record out by spring and then another new record in the fall.

B Chord: Just from the EP, I can tell when you play live with the band “The Escorts” right? I bet you guys have everyone on their feet. Can you tell us what someone can expect at a Lewis Brice concert who has never attended one of your concerts before?

Lewis Brice: You come to my show you better be ready for a rock show with high energy where we sing hard and play hard and get everyone moving around and have a cold one while you’re at it. I don’t play halfway I only go all out.

B Chord: Do you have some tour details lined up? I can tell you we really want you here in Maryland!

Lewis Brice: We are working on next year’s schedule. This has been the busiest year ever. We are working hard to keep it going strong next year. We are working on a Southeast run, Baltimore all the way up to Delaware. We also have some Midwest shows scheduled. I have played a lot on the west coast this year.

B Chord: Ok so I made it this far into the interview without mentioning your brother’s name, ha! I have to ask how cool was it to play the lead role in Lee’s video “I Drive Your Truck?”

Lee Brice: It was a great opportunity. It was my first intro to the film industry. I told him that I would audition for the part. I didn’t want him to just give it to me. It was my first time behind the camera and let me see what goes on putting a video together. It was fun. They actually hired a stunt driver but I convinced them to let me drive the truck. I told them I grew up in South Carolina and I know how to cut it up so I ended up doing all the driving of the truck in the video.

B Chord: What was it like to be on the iconic Family Feud?

Lewis Brice: Steve Harvey is quite a character. It was my brother and some cousins. Jerrod Niemann was also on there with us. We had a bunch of laughs. My favorite question that Steve asked one of my cousins was “What do you do for a living?” My cousin answered “Oh, I lay pipe Steve!” Ha. He had that Harvey look and made a comment about his wife liking that one.

B Chord: Quick round questions you ready?

B Chord: Favorite Sports Team?

Lewis Brice: Clemson tigers

B Chord: If you could do a duet with one person who would it be?

Lewis Brice: Jerry Lee Lewis

B Chord: In 2018 Lewis Brice will …..

Lewis Brice: conquer the world

B Chord: Favorite pair of boots?

Lewis Brice: Lucchese

B Chord: Favorite drink?

Lewis Brice: Jack and water

B Chord: This interview with B Chord is?

Lewis Brice: Fantastically Awesome!

B Chord: You are stranded on an island and you can take only one instrument with you. What would the instrument be and why?

Lewis Brice: A spoon. I can eat with it, carve out trees with it and play it.

B Chord: I need to get you a B Chord hat or shirt so you can wear it in your next video like the Whiskey Jam tank ha! ha! Thanks man.

Please check out Lewis Brice and download his new EP. His links are below.

Website – http://lewisbrice.com/

 

Jessie Chris Will “Burn” A Spot In Your Heart And Playlist….

Jessie Chris is an American country musician who splits her time between Nashville and Massachusetts. I had the chance to chat with her just before she hopped a flight to Nashville for the CMA Awards in Nashville. I have to say you could tell by just talking to her how much passion she has in everything she is involved in. I am telling y’all right now, make sure you keep Jessie Chris on your radar because I see big things coming her way! Here is a little bit of background on her we got off her website for you.

At 18 years old Jessie was the youngest performer at the 2015 CMA Festival and has opened for iconic artists to include Luke Bryan, Chris Young, John Rich, Trace Adkins and Billy Ray Cyrus and has performed at The Country Music Hall of Fame.  She recently released her new single “BURN” to radio.  She returned to the CMA Festival in 2017 with a performance on the Radio Disney Country Stage.

She has been a proud supporter and one of the faces of Disney’s #ChooseKindness Anti-Bullying Campaign. She recently joined Kelsea Ballerini, LOCASH, Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina on the Disney healing anthem “The Human Race” which reached #6 on iTunes Hot Tracks.

            We hope you enjoy and again, thank you Jessie Chris for chatting with us and all that you are doing from music to helping out good people!
B Chord: Tell us a little about your past month and what has been going on in the world of Jessie Chris?

Jessie Chris: For the past month or so, I have actually been working on my next album which is coming out in 2018. I have also been doing a lot of school and anti-bullying shows and I’m also working on getting a children’s book published.

B Chord: I absolutely love your song “Burn.”  Is it off your debut album Wildfires or was it an older song you then released?

Jessie Chris: Aww thank you so much!  Well, “Burn” is completely separate and will actually be on my next album and it is transitioning into my next sound. I am really looking forward to it.

B Chord: Tell us a little about the writing process.  Did you write this on your own or did you have a co-writer?

Jessie Chris: Me and the producer David Spencer wrote that song.

B Chord: Where did you film the video for “Burn?”

Jessie Chris: The video was filmed in Rhode Island. The director is really good at scouting out locations. The location that he chose looked like it was a movie set but it was a real neighborhood that looked perfect. It was really a lot of fun! I even had my own fake house for it.

B Chord: We have to ask and I think that I already know the answer, but you have a new album in the works. When can we expect it to be released?

Jessie Chris: Definitely in 2018. I am hoping in January.

B Chord: How did it feel when you found out you were the first country artist to win the Elvis Duran Artist of the Month and got the chance to play on NBC’s Today Show?

Jessie Chris: Oh that was insane! I still don’t feel like that actually happened. I’m definitely very grateful and it still blows my mind.

B Chord: You have opened for some incredible artists such as: Luke Bryan, Chris Young, John Rich and Billy Ray Cyrus to name a few. You have opened for all of them are there any awesome stories that come to mind from any of these performances?

Jessie Chris: One of my favorite experiences was getting to sing with Billy Ray Cyrus because I grew up watching him on Hannah Montana with his daughter. We got to sing “Achy Breaky Heart” and it made my childhood complete. Multiple generations know of him.

B Chord: How is Willow the hedgehog doing? Does Willow tour with you?

Jessie Chris: Willow is my best friend’s hedgehog. She brought it over the other night for girls’ night to watch a movie. Willow is a girl so she was allowed to hang out with us for movie night.

B Chord: So one of the coolest things we have heard about you, is that you are an advocate for the #choosekindness anti-bullying campaign. Can you give us some background about how and why you decided to join this awesome group?

Jessie Chris: I have been traveling around doing an anti-bullying campaigns since the age of sixteen. Disney asked me to be the face for their Choose Kindness campaign. I am now the face for Sylvania Light’s Be The Light campaign. It was really neat to have these large companies jump on board of something that I believe strongly in and having their support. They are all just really cool people and I am glad to be on board with them.

B Chord: What is the one thing you miss most when you aren’t in the Boston area?

Jessie Chris: Oh, the one thing I miss the clam chowder because it is not the same anywhere else. People say it is good but it not the same and it just tastes so bad.

B Chord: Do you say Pop?

Jessie Chris: No, but I have cousins that live in the mid-west that do. We just say soda.

B Chord: You are on your way to Nashville for the CMA awards. Do you have anything lined up when you get there?

Jessie Chris: Just a bunch of interviews, meeting up with friends and industry people and attending the show. I also will be attending some after parties. It will be a lot of fun.

B Chord: Do you have a favorite female artist that you would like to see win tonight?

Jessie Chris: That is a really hard question since there are so many talented women. I really feel it is hard to just pick one.  I was really excited to see Pink will be there.

B Chord: We ask every artist the same question and here it goes, you are stranded on an island and you can take only one instrument with you. What would the instrument be and why?

Jessie Chris: It would have to be the ukulele, because it would keep me in the island mood. I barely know how to play it, but it would give me something to learn while being stranded.

I really want to thank Jessie Chris so much for doing this and taking the time out of her schedule to talk to us. Please look below and listen to her music and follow her on all her links.

Jessie Chris Website – http://www.jessiechris.com/#home-section

Disney’s Choose Kindness Anti-Bullying Campaign – http://www.jessiechris.com/disneys-choosekindness-campaign/

Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/artist/6YxWDABWMd8Jpv6pzGofDn

iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/wildfire/id1018516438

 Photo Credit From Jessie Chris Website