Cali Lightcap, One of Nashville’s Top Makeup And Hair Stylists Tells All….

We branched out from the normal singer songwriter and went deeper into the industry. Most don’t realize that there are people doing hair and makeup for every award ceremony and photo shoot. We had the privilege to talk to the amazing Cali Lightcap who has a resume that would make anyone starstruck. She is one of the sweetest people in the world and would do anything for anyone. Please sit back and enjoy her story and follow her on all social media. Cali has also has partnered in a brand of eye lashes so make sure you check out that site.

Please follow Cali Lightcap at the following on instagram and we have also attached the link to her “Cali Lashes”.

Instagram – @calijeffries

Cali Lashes Website – https://www.viragobabe.com/product-page/cali

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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.

Country Artist Katie Dix, Found By Country Royalty, Carving Her Path To Stardom…

One of the best parts of my job is looking for new up and coming talent. I can truly say that looking for artists and finding Katie Dix is one of the best finds yet. Her sound is unrivaled and she is well on the way to an excellent career. We appreciate the time she spent with us and enjoy the interview ! Make sure to give her a like and a follow so you can follow along her journey.

B Chord: So Katie, tell us a little about your background in music. I know you have a great story and a big name in the mix.

Katie Dix: The big name that you mention, most of the younger generation doesn’t quite know who he is. I was born and raised in Bakersfield, CA. The town has always been a big music community. There was always a place to go to listen and dance to live music, so Bakersfield was really wonderful for that. Buck Owens had opened up what he called the Crystal Palace which was half museum, half restaurant and live music venue as well. It was a two story restaurant museum and theatre; it was amazing how he came up with it. I remember being 16 years old and telling my parents that I was going to sing with Buck Owens. They said go for it! I applied to work there and no one would let me get close to him because I was just a little hostess at the time. Then as the years went by, I slowly went back and every single Monday night I would go to karaoke night in the hopes that he would be there by chance. He never was but I thought I would give it a shot. Then one day, I was on the treadmill in this deep 3 mile stint and I get this phone call from Buck Owens and he said he wanted me to come down and sing for him. He said “You have 30 minutes to get here!” He was in the middle of a sound check with the Buckaroos. I’m looking around my car trying to find anything presentable to wear down there. I was pinching my cheeks and trying to find lip gloss….anything to look presentable. I get there and the whole band is there and he asked me “what would you like to sing for me?” I knew so many country songs from hearing them sing and I was so nervous and the only one that I could remember the words for was Crazy by Patsy Cline. I sang that for him and he said “Great, you are going to sing with me tonight!” I got really nervous, because it was a two story concert hall, but it was broadcasted on his radio station KEZZ in Bakersfield and some of the surrounding counties. So all of the people tuning in were going to hear me too. I went and got my hair and makeup done so I would look really good. I should mention at this time I was a waitress at his place and I was in the middle of serving a table some mashed potatoes and gravy and he said “Where is my friend Katie?” I remember shoving the plates to the people and saying “I’ll be right back!” It was so much fun. When I returned to the table, the people said “Did you just go sing?” Every Friday and Saturday from that point on, I got to go to sound check with Buck and the Buckaroos. He served me lunch and he would tell me stories about Hee Haw. I got to meet all of his friends as well….Toby Keith and Brad Paisley as they were regulars. That was always a really fun thing to look forward to. I learned so much music. I was only 19 at the time and I was just so in awe. The stories and how music works, it was so much information.

B Chord: What is it like to be a country artist in the California? It seems like more and more talent is being discovered there!

Katie Dix: Again California is really great for music. No matter where you go, you can find just about everything. Just walk down Hollywood and Sunset and you can find everything. Just in the past couple of years, country music has really grown. In Southern California in Huntingdon Beach and San Diego their country music is really growing. My band and I just performed at the Viper Room. It was amazing to get to say that I got to play there. They just started doing what they call Nashville Nights. That was a nice way to get people that don’t normally see a country act to experience it. The Hotel Café has country shows there several times a month.

B Chord: So let’s talk a little music! I love Wanted It To Be With You. I love the range in your voice and your unique sound. It is all you. Can you tell us about the song writing process?

Katie Dix: I normally write about my best friend and one of these days she is going to realize it is about her. She kind of sparks the inspiration for me. It is really funny to follow the situations she has been in and some of the dates she has been on and how terrible they were. I kind of find it fun to write as if I were her from that standpoint. That last one was about her and she really likes this guy and kind of thought he liked her too. It turned out he was seeing someone else. She wanted him to be the one that settled down with her but it didn’t turn out that way. We were at lunch one day and she was just heartbroken about it.

B Chord: You have a song like that and then you have Second Best. Country with a rock twist to it that I absolutely love! Tell us a little about that.

Katie Dix: That’s one of my favorite songs to play with my band. It’s kind of rock in your face and really fun to play. I wrote that one in about 30 minutes. I was driving home from an event in Palm Springs around 3 a.m. and I thought up the melody and started singing into my phone. I was probably pissed off about something, ha. By the time I got home, there were all these crazy voice memos. I put them together the next day and went into production with it.

B Chord: Where do you usually record?

Katie Dix: I am in love with a producer named Scott Frankford in Woodland Hills, CA. He has got such an ear and a way of bringing out what it should sound like. I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. That’s how I like to record, I sing line by line. We will be in the studio for about 8 hours sometimes. I will think it sounds amazing and Scott will say “Well let’s do it again. Was that really your best?” He truly pulls the best out of me. I highly recommend Scott Frankford to everyone.

B Chord: What are your goals for 2018?

Katie Dix: Well after just getting Thanksgiving and Christmas out of the way, just going back into the studio. I have two new songs that I would like to put into production. One is a very fun female kind of rock anthem and the other one is about a one night stand.

B Chord: Where do you usually play if your fans want to see you perform Live?

Katie Dix: I think my favorite spot is The Cowboy Palace in Chatsworth, CA. It is also featured in Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar video. It is just one of those last honky tonks. It’s really small and bare. They have line dancing. There is another place called Borderline. It’s newer and they have all kinds of bells and whistles and they even have a mechanical bull.

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

Katie Dix: It would have to be a guitar. I really love how versatile a guitar can be.

Please check out the links below to all of Katie’s social media. Thank you so much Katie and keep up the great work!!

Website – http://www.katiedix.com/

http://www.facebook.com/KatieNDix

http://www.instagram.com/KatieDixMusic

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High Valley Brings High Energy Country Bluegrass to Today’s Music..

Curtis Rempel, one half of High Valley spoke to us about the group’s career, life in Canada as well as new music. High Valley will be the headlining act when they perform at The Hamilton in Washington, D.C. on October 18, 2017. This will be a concert you will not want to miss! Please visit their website and purchase your tickets for this event. The group wanted you know that there are VIP upgrades that will allow you in for their sound check prior to the show with swag and much more! We had the best time talking with them and cannot wait for this blockbuster night. Here is a little backstory on High Valley.

                Growing up in a remote town without TV or FM radio, Brad and Curtis Rempel listened to country radio on the only AM radio station available. High Valley is comprised of brothers Curtis and Brad who are quickly becoming known for the melodic blending of their voices paired with their expert string musicianship. Brad leads vocals and plays guitar while Curtis supports with the harmonies. The pair’s current single is “She’s With Me” and was co-written by Brad alongside Ben Stennis and High Valley’s producer Seth Mosley. High Valley’s musical influences include Ricky Skaggs, Diamond Rio, Shenandoah and the Everly Brothers. They are currently headlining the SiriusXM’s The Highway Finds Tour and I promise this is a must see!

B Chord – The first thing I want to say is I love your sound! Country music needs some of the true folk and bluegrass sound back. Did you always know Country music was for you?

Curtis High Valley – Yeah definitely! We grew up in a very rural community. We grew up on 1400 acres of farm land and horses, cows, old trucks and granaries. We are as Country as it gets. Mom and Dad would listen to country music well before we were born so it was kind of ingrained by the time in the home when we came along.

B Chord – Did either of you try solo acts before you decided on the group?

Curtis of High Valley – We have never attempted anything on our own. Brad and I are two of six siblings and we often had all six on stage with Mom and Dad. We have been eight people and as the family grew and things progressed, High Valley turned into just the two of us. Brad and I decided to pursue this full time professionally and the rest of the family is growing and having babies. It’s not like we are not we are doing that too.

B Chord – Dear Life is your fifth studio album but the first major label release. What was that process like? You both have been performing music for a while I’m sure and then you get a big label release.

Curtis of High Valley– Yeah it was huge getting the big label release. Just like anything in life, if you have something that you love you want to introduce it to other people and have them experience your new discoveries with you. That is why we all search for companions and somebody to do life with. Music is another example of that. We have discovered songs and Brad writes songs all the time and we listen to them and analyze them, pick our favorite songs that we are most proud of and count down until release day. That is the best day, because it is like a musician’s Christmas being able to share the gift with the rest of the world. The process is spaced out – we are in the studio a little bit here and there, analyze what we did and pick the best stuff and then share it with the world. We are just getting started now listening to some songs and Brad is writing like crazy. The moment we release new music the two of us are on twitter reading responses and getting energized through social media.

B Chord – So you are playing at The Hamilton in Washington DC on Oct 18th. Have you ever played in DC before? What can we expect if we have never seen your show?

Curtis of High Valley – I believe we did a couple small acoustic venues, but this will be our first headline show in Washington, D.C. We are really excited about that. High Valley’s goal is to get everyone on their feet as much as we can dancing and clapping and having a great time. Brad and I love to have a lot of fun, joke around a lot with high energy acoustic vibes with the mandolin, banjo and dobro. It is a high energy bluegrass/ country experience!  

B Chord – One of my favorite songs is Dear Life and happens to be the title track. Can you tell us a little about the song and the writing process? It makes me feel that the questions I ask every day are normal.

Curtis of High Valley – Dear Life is a very special song for the two of us. As you mention, these are the crazy times. We had our first major label release last year and we just can’t believe what is happening right now on the road touring our faces off right now. It is a diary entry expressing our emotions about celebrating how crazy our life is right now. We have so many good things happening and time is going by so fast that we are trying to savor these moments right here, right now. Our kids, our families, and our career all at the same time is a struggle all at the same time, but because it is so good you want it to last. So the song is an emotional song about all of those feelings and experiences.

B Chord – How did the transition go from coming from Canada and having good success to then coming into the US and going straight up the charts in country music?

Curtis of High Valley – Well, I will tell you exactly what it was like. We were a brand new act in Canada a handful of years ago and now High Valley once again is a brand new act in the United States. So we feel that we are veteran rookies if you know what I am saying. We have had a lot of practice in the brand new act department. We love running the process again and building a brand in a new territory. The US population is about ten times the size of Canada so there are a lot of impressions out there to make.

B Chord – Biggest thing you miss from Canada?

Curtis of High Valley – Oh let’s see. You know what I miss, in the summer the sun only goes down for a couple hours especially in the north where we grew up. I truly miss those long summer nights where you could hang out outside around the campfire and you can see everyone’s face until 2 in the morning. You never have to go to bed, because you are getting the energy from the sunlight.

B Chord – I want to ask a question and you can pass on it if you want. I know you recently played Rt 91 Harvest in Vegas. I know all of our hearts are breaking over what happened. Country music is one of the closest knit groups I have ever seen. They love country music and they support the genre. You guys played on the 29th right? Is there anything you want to say about the tragedy?

Curtis of High Valley – Obviously just a really sad and tragic event that everybody wishes would not have had to happen. Brad and I just feel that it is definitely our responsibility to continue doing what we are doing. Keep creating what we create which is our art and use it to bring light into a world that seems very, very dark at times. We know that we have the gift of music and it is our responsibility to share it with the world whether we are scared or not. This is not going to get in the way of entertaining people and allowing families to have a great time and getting together listening to music. Unfortunately, now it is on our minds now when we think about what stages we are going to be performing on and it really sucks that somebody had to do something that evil. We have to think about those sorts of things now. I think we would be losing if we decided to stop bringing families together and having a good time, so we will not do that anytime soon and we are excited to get back on the road and on the stage. It was so great to see the community of country fans embrace each other, having strangers helping strangers. It is truly amazing to see the beauty that comes out of such a tragedy. We are so lucky and blessed to be a part of this community for sure.

B Chord – Being brothers, I am sure you have some great experiences but do you all have any fun little disagreements on the road?

Curtis of High Valley – Fun disagreements is that what you just said. Ha. I think the biggest is debating between health foods and cheeseburgers! Brad is a pretty fit guy looking for the low carb/high protein healthy situations and whenever I see a neon sign that says cheeseburger I get all excited like Christmas! That is the constant struggle that we have.

B Chord – What instruments can both of you play?

Curtis of High Valley – Well, I play Mandolin and guitar and little bit of banjo. I play a little and hesitate to call myself a banjo player because I do not compare to the people that I idolize. I do hold a banjo on stage sometimes though. Brad sticks with guitar.

B Chord – So we ask all of the groups that we interview the same question and here it goes. You are stranded on an island and you can take one instrument with you. What would it be and why?

Curtis of High Valley – I think I would bring a guitar. It would have to be my 1971 Yamaki Japanese made rosewood back and sides, spruce top dreadnought that I found on EBay for $300.00. It was cheap but it is not replaceable and I really love the vintage sound that it’s got. I would choose a guitar because it is the most versatile instrument. I love the mandolin and I love the banjo, but they don’t resonate quite as long. A guitar is just so versatile and I just love the guitar.

B Chord – Thank you so much for spending the time with us and we truly appreciate your time. Keep up the great work!

Curtis – Thanks a lot and we appreciate it as well.

Below you will find all of High Valley’s links to social media and websites. Please make sure you upgrade and purchase the VIP Ticket for the show at The Hamilton for a once in a life time experience.

VIP Status for The Hamilton Upgrade – http://highvalley.storenvy.com/products/21311420-10-18-washington-dc

High Valley’s Website – http://www.highvalleymusic.com/

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/highvalleyofficial/

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

Twitter – https://twitter.com/highvalley

Spotify – ttps://open.spotify.com/user/highvalleymusic/playlist/4jCqSlhMevu51ljSBqBHmy

iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/dear-life/id1163770854

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It Was “Worth The Wait” for B Chord To Interview Lindsay Ell

Our love for Lindsay Ell goes back to the first time she appeared on the Bobby Bones Show. She aced every song they asked her to play and her guitar playing made me want to go out and buy a new guitar and do the same. It wasn’t that easy. I learned very quickly that Lindsay had much drive, determination and tenacity. At this point, I just had to see her play live. I had the opportunity when Lindsay came to Baltimore for the “Girls With Guitars” concert at the Hippodrome Theatre sponsored by WPOC. We had the chance to meet Lindsay and watch her perform. My first reaction when I heard her start playing the guitar and singing was, boy she can play! Months and maybe years went by and I was worried due to the stigma in country music of women not being able to climb the charts, that she would always stay the amazing guitarist that no one would ever hear. I have to tell y’all, I am so happy I was wrong. We then got to see her perform at the Million Dollar Show in Nashville and from that moment on, Lindsay took no prisoners. Her album “The Project” sky rocketed to the top of the charts and made everyone do a double take. Well, not her devoted fans! I have to say if you have not listened to Lindsay, please do. You will hear sounds of Sheryl Crow, John Mayer and Shania Twain. Lindsay developed quite a fan base on the “Weekend Warrior Tour” with Brad Paisley this past summer. We hope you appreciate this Q&A we did with her. I can’t wait to see what is next for Lindsay Ell!

Lindsay is a country music singer songwriter, and guitarist from Calgary, Alberta Canada. Her first full length album “The Project” is currently available for purchase. At the age of 6, she started playing and mastering the piano and by age 8 fell in love with music and the guitar. She went on to become Valedictorian of her high school. Lindsay studied business at the University of Calgary and then went to The Berklee College of Music. The amazing Randy Bachman discovered Lindsay when she was only 15 years old and helped her producer her first album “Consider This.” He said of Lindsay that she was “the most talented and multi-faceted artist I’ve come across in many years.” I have to say we totally agree!  We hope we’ve covered some questions that haven’t been asked of Lindsay before.

B Chord: So you have been through a whirl wind of excitement with “The Project” being released. Tell us a little of how you have been feeling over the last month since the album has been out? All while being on the Brad Paisley tour is pretty amazing!!

Lindsay Ell: It’s been a crazy past few months for sure. Getting to officially release my debut album has been amazing. I finally feel like I know what I want to sound like as an artist…and that’s a hard thing to find sometimes. I’m grateful for my producer, Kristian Bush. He really helped me through the process of discovering myself and my sound. And the Brad Paisley tour has been so inspiring. It’s amazing to get to watch one of your guitar idols play ever night on stage. I feel lucky to have toured with Brad and have learned so much from him.

B Chord: We wanted to reach out to one of your fan clubs, so we asked Jacquie who runs @LindsayEllFans on twitter to give us a question. Here you go. ..Is there any song you recorded for “The Project” that didn’t make the cut?

Lindsay Ell: Great question Jacquie! First off…Jacquie is amazing! I have the best fans. .And yes! I can think of a few off the top of my head. One called Panic Attack that I know is going to be on my next project. Hopefully I’ll start recording again next year!

B Chord: Kristian Bush is such an amazing person and talent. How did he help and influence you on this album?

Lindsay Ell: I’ve learned so much from Kristian throughout this whole process. Being a songwriter, artist and producer himself…he understands so many sides of this business. I feel that he was the perfect person to guide me and surround me with the right influences to help me discover my sound. The Project would not have been brought to life in the same way without him.

B Chord: Which food do you miss most from Canada?

Lindsay Ell: I have a sweet tooth…so Canadian maple syrup, Coffee Crisp, Smarties (which are not like US smarties), SKOR bars and Tim Hortons.

B Chord: What does Girl Power “GRL PWR” mean to you?

Lindsay Ell: Being fearless! Not letting people around you influence your decisions. Following your heart and your gut and going for it.

B Chord: If you could speak words of wisdom to every female artist trying to make it in the music industry, what would you tell them?

Lindsay Ell: Discover who you are, and do not stray away from it. Surround yourself with people you respect and admire. You will rise to the level of your friends, so make sure you’re making good decisions with the people you bring into your life. And lastly, hard work NEVER goes under looked.

B Chord: You are an amazing guitarist and musician. How do you keep yourself at your best while always improving? How much do you still practice during a typical week?

Lindsay Ell: Every week is different because I travel so much these days. I know that I always try to play guitar every day. Sometimes that means 4 hours and sometimes that means 10 minutes. But I always try to practice or work on something new every single day. Also, playing with musicians that are better than me helps you raise your own bar.

B Chord: I recently saw that Fender sent you a custom guitar with the paint scheme of the guitar you painted for “Waiting on You.” Are they going to release this guitar for sale? How did they send it to you and were you surprised?

Lindsay Ell: I painted a guitar for every song on my record. I wanted fans to be able to listen to The Project in its entirety and then get to see The Project in paint. I started playing the Waiting on You guitar at my shows because fans were reacting to all my guitars. When Fender surprised me with an official signature model…the first Lindsay Ell signature…I was shocked! Hopefully, one day soon I’ll have a signature guitar on the market.

B Chord: So we ask our signature B Chord question to every artist that we interview. Here it goes… you are stranded on an island and you can take just one guitar with you. What would it be and why?

Lindsay Ell: This answer has been changed recently. I name all of my guitars…At the end of the Brad Paisley tour, Brad bought me a custom 65 relic strat, and it’s now my favorite guitar – appropriately named Bradley.

B Chord: The video for “Waiting on You” was very well done. Where was it filmed and how long did the process take? Who are the background singers in the video?

Lindsay Ell: We shot the video for “Waiting on You” just south of Nashville with director, Peter Zavadill. I wanted a video that was organic and real, like the song is to me. Peter’s treatment seemed to fit everything that I wanted; as it was based around tube amps to begin with…It took us all day to shoot the video. I was able to use my own band in the video as well as hiring two incredible backup singers, April Rucker and Danelle Corbin.

Lindsay, thank you so much for doing this interview, I truly appreciate it. An interview with you has been one of B Chords desires for a long time and I am so glad we got the opportunity.

Please go get “The Project” if you haven’t done so yet. Also, below you will find links to some of Lindsay Ell’s social media and music.

iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/waiting-on-you/id1276715408?i=1276716886

Website – https://www.lindsayell.com/

Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/artist/4lpA7MWpQpY7hKkwfLxw2Q

Twitter – https://twitter.com/lindsayell?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

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

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