Walker Hayes ….. BOOM!

We spoke to Walker Hayes just before his show at the Fillmore in Silver Spring, Md. We spoke about life and his new album “Boom”. Walker is well on his way to a number one song with “You Broke Up With Me” and also getting ready to head out on tour with Kelsea Ballerini. We wish Walker all the success in the world and thank him so much for taking the time to interview with us. We hope you enjoy!

If you haven’t already give Walker Hayes a follow on all social media at @walkerhayes. We have attached his website and links below.

Website – http://walkerhayes.com

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Marty MacMillan Pours His Heart And Soul Into Each Guitar…

I hopped in a Uber and headed from Nashville to Mt. Juliet, TN. I was so excited the entire ride to get to MacMillan Guitars and see their amazing shop. As I pulled up and walked in I felt like a kid at Christmas. Marty has his shop set up in sections where each step in the process is completed. Marty is an amazing person with such a passion for what he does. The end product is just amazing. I truly recommend if you are an artist, guitar lover or just a collector you have to see and hear the MacMillan Guitar. They are simply amazing and one of the best sounding guitars I have heard! Enjoy this interview as we take a look into Marty’s background and his career.

I was so impressed with the work that Marty does the moment I got back to my hotel room I messaged him that I needed to get a guitar. I am going to bring you step by step photos of the guitar on social media along the way. This is going to be a B Chord Original! Please follow @macmillanguitars and @BChord615 to make sure you can follow along…

Website – http://macmillanguitars.com

Jenna Renae – American Idol To Nashville And She Is Bound For Greatness….

While in Nashville we got the phone call to do an interview with the very talented Jenna Renae. As I started doing my research on her I realized even though she is new to Nashville, she is far from new to music. During our interview the main thing that struck me was she is so personable and her voice is amazing and will have you in awe. Jenna Renae thank you so much for taking the time to talk with us. B Chord can not wait to follow your incredible journey. We hope you enjoy our interview with Jenna.

Thank you so much for watching the interview! Please follow Jenna @jennarenaemusic on social media. Also, check out Jenna Renae and Taylor Lightcap perform “Drunk Girls” LIVE at the Crazytown. Link below!! Give us a follow @BChord615

 

Taylor Lightcap Discusses The Life of A Songwriter

Sometimes it is funny how you make connections in the music business. I was sitting at home before our trip to Nashville and received a message from Taylor Lightcap discussing the B Chord hats. It segued into, how about we meet up and discuss them to let’s do an interview! Let me tell you I am so glad that I did. Not only did I meet an amazing songwriter I feel like I made a true friend. Taylor is one of the kindest people and he is always looking to help someone get a step ahead in the business. Please enjoy our interview as we talk about the life of a songwriter, his career and his new venture of K + Q Entertainment.

 

 

Thank you so much for spending time with us and please go and follow Taylor Lightcap on social media @taylorlightcap or @kqentertainment

Also give us a follow @BChord615 we have more coming up including an interview with Taylor’s wife Cali, who is one of the best makeup artists in Nashville.

Lyssa Coulter Will Be Playing “After Midnight” On Her Path To Becoming A Country Star …

We had the chance to sit down with Lyssa Coulter, up and coming country artist out of New England. Lyssa told us about her new EP to her song writing process as well as inspiration to young dreamers. We hope you enjoy and Lyssa thank you so much. Your passion is overflowing and we see big things in your future!

B Chord: “After Midnight” is out, congratulations!! This is your new Ep that can be purchased on your website. You also just released your single “Whiskey in the Twilight” so let’s talk about it! I know you have to be excited!

Lyssa Coulter: I wrote “Whiskey in the Twilight” with my friend Roger Hagopian who is an amazing songwriter out here in New England. He came up with the idea just talking and said let’s do something fun and summer related and that’s how the song came about. It’s probably one of my favorite songs off the EP and I recorded it in Nashville with Chris Parker at Digital Timbre Studios. I am just so excited because it really shows everyone what my music really is. This is so exciting because I have only been doing this for a year and it’s so incredible that I’m letting people know what my music is and where I am coming from and my emotions throughout this entire thing.

B Chord: Tell us a little of your background and how you got into country music.

Lyssa Coulter: I actually lived in Medway, Massachusetts for a while and we ended up moving out here to Westborough, Mass where I ended up changing schools in my senior year of high school. I found this local voice coach in my town that exposed me to not only improving my voice but becoming an artist. This was so important to me. I never thought I could ever be a Carrie Underwood or Kelsea Ballerini, which was just a fairytale to me at the time. Once I started taking voice lessons and learned how to book gigs it just grew from there and by the fourth month in, I was recording my first single in Nashville. When I found out that I could do it, I was on a roll. I tell young people to do what you love, my message to them is “ Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t.”

B Chord: What are Lyssa’s goals for 2018?

Lyssa Coulter: I think I am getting ready to move out of New England and start playing in the southern states like Florida where I have lots of family and friends and Nashville. I’m just trying to branch out of New England right now. I think that it is really important to break out of your hometown. It is incredibly different when you book a show in a place other than New England. Looking forward to 2019, I am hoping that I can work something out with the CMA Festival and getting a new album out.

B Chord: I love the song “By My Side!” I know you got some airplay and accolades on that song, can you tell us a little about writing that one?

Lyssa Coulter: So “By My Side” was the first song that I ever wrote. It’s a little crazy because you don’t see many artists putting out their first song that they ever wrote. I was doing a song writing seminar and I came home and said okay let’s just try to write a song. So I took everything that I was feeling at that moment put it together. My family and I are very close and people say it is a great relationship song. It’s very family oriented and that’s where I got the idea from…. just being with people that you love, your friends and family. As long as I am with my friends and family I am happy. That’s where I pulled my inspiration from.

B Chord: What are some of your favorite spots to play up in the Boston area?

Lyssa Coulter: A few of my favorite spots… I think that my number one favorite spot is the Smokehouse BBQ where I will be playing on January 26th. The staff is so friendly and they have speakers outside and the food is incredible. Another one would be Indian Ranch they do a lot of big concerts but I had the chance to play in their first ever local country fest. It’s a very fun place. One more….I really like playing Patriot Place which of course is the home of our New England Patriots. They usually have a lot of outdoor things going on and I just love the venue. I had my name on their big marque sign that they have in front of the shopping center. It was really cool.

B Chord: What is the typical writing process like for you?

Lyssa Coulter: My writing process is really different each time that I go to write. A lot of it is if I’m in a really bad mood, I will write a song. I don’t know why but you tend to write the best stuff when you are not in the best moods. I guess that’s when the emotions get flowing. I start playing around with chords on my guitar and then I just go for it. Co-writing is a little different, we come up with an idea and then we go off of that idea and see where it brings us. You have two brains working which is really great.

B Chord: Let’s do a get to know Lyssa:
B Chord: Favorite food?

Lyssa Coulter: Ice Cream

B Chord: Favorite artist?

Lyssa Coulter: Kelsea Ballerini

B Chord: Favorite vacation spot?

Lyssa Coulter: Disney World

B Chord: Favorite store to shop?

Lyssa Coulter: Walmart is like my store. It is so great people watching.

B Chord: Favorite spot in Nashville?

Lyssa Coulter: I actually have two. One is Love Circle because it is so beautiful and then the other is Broadway. I love all of the neon lights. Sparkles and lights are my thing.

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

Lyssa Coulter: Probably my guitar. I have an Ibanez. It’s really pretty and my dad gave it to me. Whenever I have an idea when I’m in the car, I am always like “why don’t I have my guitar.”

I want to thank all my family friends and fans for being so supportive. I know that is why I have been able to continue with this goal. Becoming a musician is a very difficult thing in general and without them we wouldn’t be able to do it.

Please check out all of Lyssa’s social media links below and make sure to download “Whiskey In The Twilight” today. Photo and Video Credit: @justinmayotte

Lyssa Coulter’s Links:

Website – https://www.lyssacoulter.com/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/LyssaCoulter/

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/lyssacoulter/?hl=en

Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/track/61GKGzqZTi5oiCMA3OGuDE

ITunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/lyssa-coulter/id1247595874

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Shooter Jennings Talks Songwriting And The Current Tour..

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I had the chance to catch up with Shooter Jennings at The Fillmore in Silver Spring, Md. for his tour with Jason Boland. When I walked into the venue I knew I was in for a treat when I saw two acoustic guitars with awesome lighting setting the stage. There is nothing better than two singer songwriters who just go at it on the acoustic guitar and spill their lyrical magic. I truly recommend catching this tour at one of their next stops! Thank you Shooter for being awesome and taking the time to talk to us.

B Chord: I love the theme for this tour. How did you and Jason Boland set this tour up?

Shooter Jennings: Well man, I’ve known Jason for a long time and I’ve co-produced his record “Dark and Dirty Mile” a while back and recently in the last couple of years I went and got myself a new booking agent which has been his booking agent for a long time. That’s how this kind of came about. Once we were in there together we started talking about doing this and that and it just got cooked up. We had so much fun doing it that we decided to do it again this year.

B Chord: Give us a little background about the album “Countach” that you released. Being a kid who grew up on 90’s country music and video games, I am in my glory with this one!

Shooter Jennings: I was doing a record that was a tribute to George Jones and at the same time I was flipping out over Georgio so it was like a George and Georgio thing. That’s how it started, but once I delved into Georgio I realized that I went all the way down the rabbit hole with it. It was really weird because I realized how much Georgio’s music had impacted me through movies over the years and it was kind of like a tribute to my childhood.

B Chord: So I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that you are the son of the amazing Waylon Jennings. Can you give us one of your best memories growing up with your father?

Shooter Jennings: I have a lot of good memories with him. I remember we used to do these projects together. We built an arcade cabinet together to put my Nintendo in and he got real frustrated while he was building it. He was just a cool Dad. We were both into the same things. He would play me Dire Straits records and I would play him Nine Inch Nails. It was a great relationship and I saw him different than most.

B Chord: One other related question…In the Highwaymen song, “Backstage At A Willie Nelson Show“, Johnny Cash sings a line about Waylon taking a call from Shooter. Was that true and do you remember the call? Ha!

Shooter Jennings: I remember hearing it later, but I have no idea what it was. I wish I knew.

B Chord: So with the holidays coming up on us, what is one thing you are looking forward to the most?

Shooter Jennings: I love Christmas. I have two kids and I wish it would never stop. I could listen to the music all year long.

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

Shooter Jennings: I would bring a piano. No particular one I just really love the piano.

Here is how to see more of Shooter Jennings!!

Website: http://www.shooterjennings.com/

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Photo Credit Top Picture: Billboard / Others: B Chord

 

“My Side Of The Story” By Ryan Sims Is Songwriting At It’s Best…

It was a pleasure to speak to Ryan Sims on his sophomore album “My Side Of The Story”. A true country, rock and Americana sound that has you feeling every emotion in the song. We would like to thank Ryan for his time and wish him all the best and hope to see him on the road soon.

B Chord: Hey man, give us a little insight into your background and how you got into music?

Ryan Sims: At the age of 3, I had this overwhelming urge to play guitar. I’m not really sure where it came from. I did not have anyone in my family that was really a role model for it. It just seemed like that’s what I had to do. I didn’t want to be a firefighter or a cop or a superhero, rather I just wanted to play guitar and sing. It’s a calling man like anything else that God chooses for you. If I didn’t do it, I probably wouldn’t be alive. It’s my reason to be on this earth.

B Chord: You have your new album out “My Side of the Story.” Can you tell us a little bit about the project and the writing process? I know this is a very personal album and very dear to your heart.

Ryan Sims: It all happened out of a tragedy that turned into an opportunity. I was slated to go into the recording studio in April and had all of the songs picked. Some of the songs were ones that I had recorded in the past and didn’t feel like I had done them justice. Then I went through a breakup that was very traumatic with a person that I thought that I would be with forever. She had an affair with a so-called buddy of mine. This was two weeks before I went into the studio and my whole world got turned upside down. I wasn’t really sure how this was going to affect the recording process. What ended up happening was that I threw away all of the plans that I had of recording those songs that I had already written and just began writing my ass off by myself and my producers Justin Gray and Doug Green. We put together six brand new songs that did not exist in the world. So, that tragedy brought about my very best work thus far. Hopefully these songs can help someone else heal like it did for me.

B Chord: Where have you been playing if someone is looking to come out and see you?

Ryan Sims: Right now, I have been in Phoenix where I currently live and we have been agent shopping. So if you want to see me currently you can come to Phoenix. Starting in January, it looks like we will be starting a nationwide tour. Once I hit the road in 2018, I plan to be on the road for an undetermined amount of time. I used to live in Parkville, Maryland and played with my band EastonAshe. It was my first rock band that I toured with for many years and toured the east coast. We played at Ram’s Head, The Record Theatre in Towson and many other venues in the Maryland area.

B Chord: Who are some of your musical influences?

Ryan Sims: My four major influences were: John Cougar Mellencamp, Matchbox 20, James Taylor, Dave Matthews.

B Chord: In that album, I heard a lot of John Cougar Mellencamp in your music.

Ryan Sims: Jimmy Arnoff , who was John Mellencamp’s drummer was on the project as well. I think that is what you were hearing.

B Chord: “AmericanThings” is one of my favorite songs on the album. Tell us a little more about the writing process for this song.

Ryan Sims: That song is the only tune on the record that is written by the producers and myself. When we decided to do this project, we had a problem trying to define what the music was going to be. I think my biggest asset is that I write many different styles of music and it is also my biggest downfall because agents, producers, and music buyers want to be able to tell someone what they are getting. So given that rock and roll and country was primarily what I was writing but not necessarily either, we decided to go with Americana. That being said, I wanted to put a song on the record that really enveloped the whole American theme. So we started talking about what the song should be about. I absolutely love my country and we started talking about the best parts of the United States, so “American Things” came about. The song is just what I love about this country when I wake up every day and then the bridge is about how we are not quite ourselves right now, but it’s not over and we will bounce back because we are Americans and that’s what we do.

B Chord: I love that you are so open and honest about your story. What would you like to share with someone who may be going through the same?

Ryan Sims: I don’t think a writer has any choice but to be honest with their music because the only thing that will suffer if they are not is the music. I really didn’t have a choice than being open and honest with my story or my listeners would pick up on it in my music.

B Chord: “Tragedy” is another very touching song. Can you tell us what inspired the writing of that song?

Ryan Sims: That song is the only song on the record that was written prior to what I call “the situation.” That came about from a previous relationship that ended amicably and it was one of those things where we were absolutely in love with each other but it was just not the right situation. It was probably one of the only adult break ups that I ever had. The chorus just lends to the fact that we all have this idea about what love should be and what relationships should be and a lot of that comes from growing up watching Disney cartoons and life is not a Disney cartoon.

B Chord: You have an all star cast on this album. What was it like working with some of the best musicians on this project?

Ryan Sims: OMG, I got the opportunity to record with what would be considered a supergroup if any of these musicians got together outside of my project. Given that Mellencamp was one of my heroes, having his drummer who it can be safely said that Kenny Aronoff was integral to John Mellencamp’s sound, having him on my record gave me goose bumps. The original drummer, Vinnie Colaiuta who is most sought after drummer in the world, I was on cloud nine being able to get him and at the last minute he had to back out and my producer, Justin Gray said “Well, we got Kenny Aronoff instead, is that okay?” I think my head hit the ceiling when I jumped out of my shoes. Having Darrell Jones from the Rolling Stones….that came about because we were at the Gibson boutique in Beverly Hills and we were talking to the gentleman who ran that store and telling him that we needed a bass player and he said “you should get Darryl Jones” and I said yes we sure should just joking around. He said I’ll call him. I took a deep breath and tried not to show how excited I was. Darrell answered the phone and said he would do it at the “bro price” which is unbelievable. We got Jason “Slim” Gambill from Lady Antebellum via a mutual friend in Los Angeles and Kim Bullard who is Elton John’s keyboard player. I have been finished recording this EP for five months and I still don’t think I have grasped just how great this opportunity was that I just got to experience. Also, these guys were so into the project, they didn’t just lay down their tracks, they put in the time. I think that best idea that we had with these guys was not to give them direction, rather give them the tracks and let them do what they do. As we were getting these tracks back from each player, and listening to this body of work and what is was going to be, my skin hurt from all of the goose bumps that I had all the time.

B Chord: You are a true Inspiration and I am in your corner 100 percent.

Ryan Sims: Thank you so much!

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

Ryan Sims: That’s a no-brainer! It would have to be my guitar. I just got a new guitar a Collings D1 acoustic and this is my first big boy guitar. Collings is made in Austin, Texas and it is the most perfect instrument that’s ever been created on God’s great earth. Probably will be the last acoustic guitar that I will have to buy. I will probably buy others but because I want them.

Please do yourself a favor and download this album and catch Ryan when he is on tour. All links for Ryan Sims are below. Photo Credit: Mark Morgan

Website – http://www.ryansimsmusic.com

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/RyanSimsBand

 

 

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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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

Morgan Wallen on His New Single “Up Down” and The Take Back Home Tour

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I recently traveled to Baltimore to sit down with Morgan Wallen before the kick off show of the “Take Back Home” Tour. We talked about his new song and video “Up Down” as well as The Voice and his start in Nashville. If you have the chance to see Morgan in concert, I highly recommend it! He took the stage and had everyone on their feet while playing all of his classics to a mashup that had everyone singing along. Enjoy!!

B Chord – First off, Congratulations on the new video release for “Up Down.” It is awesome! How did it come about that FGL were going a part of the video? Where was it filmed? It looks like it was one huge party!

Morgan Wallen – Thank you man. I had already started recording the song and one of their managers is a partner on my record label and became friends through natural processes. FGL was on a plane r and he showed them the recording of the song and they asked to be a part of it. Florida Georgia Line has been very good to me and I was glad to agree very quickly. It was filmed in Orange Beach, Alabama. I played 30 shows with them during the “Dig Your Roots” and “Smooth” tours this past year. We were already going to be playing in Orange Beach so the vibe of the video fits that water scene. BK just got a new boat and we just put it all together and by the end of the day you could tell it was a party!

B Chord – When you say “BFE” in the song, does it mean what I think it does?

Morgan Wallen – It does! I think it is in the Redneck Dictionary so you can look it up and find out.

B Chord – Was it always planned to plug your song on the radio in FGL’s “Smooth”?

Morgan Wallen – No, I actually had no clue that was going to happen. The day “Smooth” came out I turned it on and said “Oh wow that’s cool!” BK co-directed that video, so I am sure he had a little hand in that one but no one told me prior to it happening.

B Chord – Did the beginning of the video point out the true way the song was written? Who is the guy playing guitar?

Morgan Wallen – No, not really. Michael Hardy is the guy at the beginning of the video and he is a fresh song writer in Nashville who is really awesome. He will have a couple of songs on my record and a bunch on Florida Georgia Lines record too. We have become really good friends and when we called to ask about the video he said “I am there!” He drove down the next day.

B Chord – So you went to Nashville in 2015. Did you play on Broadway and how did signing with Big Loud come about?

Morgan Wallen – I went in a different direction when I got to Nashville. I already had a management team and I met a guy named Kevin Neal, who is a booking agent, who also booked FGL and Jason Aldean and some others. He said you need to move to Nashville to make it happen and then he began getting me gigs everywhere. I ended up getting a record deal at the end of 2015 so that happened way sooner than I expected. We then had to fast forward the process of writing more than I had ever before and preparing to get my first single ready. Everything has been on the road since then.

B Chord – How was your experience on the Voice?

Morgan Wallen – Man, I really did. That was the first thing I ever did as a live show and I never had my name on a marque sign or anything before. This experience helped me to grow up and figure out who I was as a person and an artist. You get out there in front of millions of people and you really get to grow right there in front of them. It is really hard but great! I was really appreciative of my time on the show and I have no bitterness towards it at all. It has gotten me to where I am now.

B Chord – “The Way I Talk” is just a fantastic song! Can you give us some background on the song as well as the writing process?

Morgan Wallen – I am from East Tennessee and grew up in a little town called Sneedville. Most people have never even heard of it before. I grew a preacher’s kid and my mom is a teacher. So the family is pretty much there except for my parents who are living in Knoxville now. It is really hard to publish a song that you feel is about you, but also one that people can relate to. Sometimes you get too personal and people will think it is just about the writer and don’t really get it. I wanted to put out a song that was about me that other people could relate to as well. It doesn’t matter if you are from Wisconsin, Baltimore, Knoxville or Germany, you’ve got a certain way that you talk. We wanted everyone to be proud of that and accept that. When I was in California for The Voice, I realized how much I love where I grew up and I wanted to get that point across in “The Way I Talk”.

B Chord – You are now on the Take Back Home tour with Chris Lane and Bailey Bryan and tonight is the kickoff show! How are you feeling about it? Nervous, anxious, excited?

Morgan Wallen – Man, I am so ready! I just got done this past weekend playing with Chris, Florida Georgia Line and Nelly. Chris and I are on the same label, so we are boys that feed off each other. I can’t wait to see what he has in store and I have about 45 minutes worth of ruckus.

B Chord – The big question is album or an EP? Do we have a date or time for that?

Morgan Wallen – I am going to do something a little bit different I think. This is not official at all and still may change, but right now I want to release two songs in about a month or so and then two more a month after that. That would equal out to another EP and then next year take my favorite 3 or 4 and add 7 or 8 more for an album. That is the thought.

B Chord – So you did a collaboration with FGL. Is there anyone else in country music you are just itching to record with?

Morgan Wallen – I always said Chris Cornell, but we all know what happened there. I would have to think about it, but you know what, I would have to say Eric Church. Man, I love him. He is just great.

B Chord – So we have a signature question that we ask of all of our artists. You are stranded on an island and you can take one instrument with you. What would it be and why?

Morgan Wallen – I think I would take a piano. I took piano lessons when I was about 9 or 10 years old. I am pretty good at guitar, but I love the piano! If I am going to write a song, my creative juices begin to flow when I am sitting at the piano.

Cover Photo Credit : Nick Swift

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Website: http://morganwallen.com/

Twitter: @MorganCWallen

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