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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“Don’t Stop” Lauren Davidson! Your Passion Is Contagious..

I had the privilege of talking with Lauren Davidson about her EP, life, songwriting and being a country singer from New York. Some people don’t realize that country music is everywhere and you need to get out and see Lauren. She is an amazing talent and when she sings you can’t help but be pulled into the song. We wish her all the best and please download her EP! Thank you so much for the interview Lauren, keep up the great work.

B Chord: Lauren, give us a little background about your musical upbringing and how you got started in the business.

Lauren Davidson: I’m an urban country singer/songwriter from New York City who got started with my career at a very young age. My Dad was a singer/songwriter and I’ve been singing ever since I was very little and loved it and then began doing theatre. As I got older, I kind of grew out of the theatre and more into the songwriting and singing and decided to pursue a career as an artist.

B Chord: What is it like to be a country artist in the New York/New Jersey area? A lot of people don’t realize that it is one of the largest markets.

Lauren Davidson: Country radio in this area (New York City) has brought out all of these people that love country music and bring us all together from the northeast corridor. Nash FM has been huge for this area. All of these people and fans are here and have been so welcoming of my music. New York City is such an eclectic city where not everyone is doing music. There is a very strong fan base and following in this area. They just opened a bar fashioned like the Grand Ole Opry, Opry City Stage and I have played there a couple times. The first time that I walked in, I realized that there is a little piece of Nashville now in New York City. I think it is going to change the game for country music in this area.

B Chord: So I saw where you were on the Corvette Nations Video, tell us a little about how that happened?

Lauren Davidson: One of the guys that worked on the show contacted me to do a cover of Route 66 to be featured on their episode. The episode basically takes the corvette through various stops along Route 66 all the way from the beginning to the end. We filmed this video and they featured it at the beginning of the episode.

B Chord: The new EP “Hear Me” is terrific. Can you tell us a little of how long you have been working on this project and how it came about?

Lauren Davidson: The EP was released a little over a year ago on October 7th and prior to that we were working on it in the studio for about 6 months. Because it was my first EP and I had only released two singles, I had all of my songs to choose from and was able to carefully select the ones that really showcased who I really am as an artist. A lot of the songs I had already been performing live. Now that the EP is done, picking songs for singles gives me a lot less to choose from.

B Chord: “Don’t Stop” is your new single. Tell us a little about the song and meaning.

Lauren Davidson: Basically the idea of never giving up on your dreams no matter what they are. Sometimes we have to do things that we really don’t want to do, but no matter what never give up.

B Chord: “Right Here With Me” is my favorite song on the album! I love your vocals and it is a fun love song. How did you come up with that one?

Lauren Davidson: Thank you and that is so funny because it is one of my favorites too and it almost didn’t make the EP. When we were in the studio recording, we had four different songs that we were going to use and we couldn’t decide if we needed a fifth. I write a lot with my Dad and I was up late one night by myself and I had this idea in my head and just start jammin’ some chords down and wrote pretty much the first verse of that song. The next day my Dad came into New York City for us to write and we just popped the song out. We both loved it so much that we decided to include an acoustic version of this song on the EP. I just fell in love with the arrangement of the track and that’s how we have performed it live. It was almost unexpected the way it all happened

B Chord: Where did you film the video for that song?

Lauren Davidson: We filmed the video in Little Stoney Point which is just north of the Jersey/New York border. We basically walked up the mountain and found this place that had a gorgeous overlook and had our video done in about two hours. Austin Hein, was the one who picked the spot and he filmed the video so I can’t take the credit for the location. He did great.

B Chord: Do you have a plan to turn the EP into an album?

Lauren Davidson: We are definitely working on new music in the early portion of the New Year. I think we are going to release a couple of singles. I think it is just a better way to get my music out to my fans more quickly. There may possibly be another EP later.

B Chord: Some of your biggest musical inspirations?

Lauren Davidson: Steve Nicks, Fleetwood Mac, Carole King, Grace Potter, Carrie Underwood, Maren Morris. I am really digging her music right now!

B Chord: Where can people see you play if they want to get out and see you live?

Lauren Davidson: We mainly perform in the tri-state area, but we will be touring a little more and branching out. My next show, I will be hosting a Christmas show at Maxwell’s Tavern in Hoboken on December 21st. It is going to be a big country music Christmas party. After that in the New Year, I will be playing The Palace Theatre in the Stamford, Connecticut area.

B Chord: What is your biggest guilty pleasure song that you will put on and look around to be sure no one is listening?

Lauren Davidson: I don’t have a specific song, but I love the 90’s pop songs, like Brittany Spears and all of the boy bands. I am not even ashamed of it and I can’t stop smiling while they play.

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

Lauren Davidson: Probably my guitar. It is a Breedlove and was a birthday present last year. It was a special birthday. When my father turned the same age, he received an acoustic guitar as well. The Breedlove is amazing and really cute. Yes, it would have to be my guitar.

I highly recommend seeing Lauren the next time she is in your area. We have attached some of her music and website below. Thank you again Lauren.

Website – https://www.laurendavidsonmusic.com

Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/track/512lLY93LZabHrt3OZGYe7

 

“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

 

 

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

Check out Morgan Wallen and give him a follow:

Website: http://morganwallen.com/

Twitter: @MorganCWallen

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/morgancwallen

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/morgancwallen/

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“Get Drunk and Cry” Over The Sweet Vintage Sound of Ruthie Collins…

I had the privilege of talking to the one and only Ruthie Collins who is a tremendous singer songwriter. She was born in Fredonia, NY, currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee and sings like an authentic Bluegrasser. She was raised on a beautiful 13 acre grape farm that has been in her family for over 200 years. Ruthie was the baby of four girls; started singing, playing piano and violin under her mom’s guidance at age 3. When Ruthie was 18, she left her tiny town and headed to Boston where she attended Berklee College of Music for 3 1/2 years, just one semester shy of graduating. She moved to Nashville in 2006 to be a songwriter.

I have always heard you should not meet or talk to the ones you are a big fan of or look up to. Well, all I can tell you is that Ruthie did not disappoint. She is one of the most sincere and humble individuals I have ever spoke with. Years ago I was flipping around through underground country music and I came across Ruthie. As soon as I heard the old-school country bluegrass sound about love and heartbreak, I was hooked right away. In my mind Ruthie Collins is one of the best singer songwriters in Nashville today. I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I did because I feel it is 100 percent real and to use one word to best describe Ruthie, Vintage.

B Chord – So Ruthie, you are one of my favorite artists because you are true to yourself and the true vintage country and bluegrass sound!!

Ruthie Collins – Oh, thank you so much!

B Chord – Tell us a little about the writing process of “Get Drunk and Cry.” Will that be the new album title? Is this newly written or a song you have had for a while?

Ruthie Collins – Yes, so “Get Drunk and Cry” will be my single going out to country radio and it will also be the title track of the album as well. I guess when we were thinking of the title of the album that just was not an obvious one that stood out for me. Then the label said “So we think the album should be titled “Get Drunk and Cry”. I said “Well, ok, I think I could be that girl then.” I am really happy we went with that title because it really does stand out. I am not sure that every song on the album requires you to get drunk and cry, but there is a theme there. It’s all good. I actually wrote that song about 5 years ago with my friend Luke Sheets as we were talking about a relationship I was in at the time. I described the night I had with this guy and told him that as I went into the night, I just knew I was going to get drunk and cry. Luke then said, wait! Is that a thing? I said no I knew I was already upset and I know you are supposed to go out and get drunk after with friends. I knew if I went out with them for more drinks it would happen. Right then, he said we have to write a song about this. It really became a verb so to speak.

B Chord – I saw a little of the short video for it. Where was it filmed?

Ruthie Collins – We filmed in Nashville. Actually, what we have done is filmed a mini visual album to go with the record. It will be released on October 17th 2017. It consists of five of the songs on the album. It begins with a song entitled “Getting Out There” and then goes into “Get Drunk and Cry”, “Boys and Beaches”, “You Don’t” and ends with “Pink Bic Lighter”. The videos have the same characters, the same common thread and story line. There are monologues in between this girl’s journey of “Get Drunk and Cry” fiasco. We filmed all over, but much of it was done in East Nashville. “Getting Out There” was filmed at a really cool bar called Crying Wolf and we also filmed at the American Legion in Inglewood Post 82. It was so fun! “Boys and Beaches” was filmed out at the lake. It is really more like boys and lakes lol. “You Don’t” was filmed in East Nashville, a little bit in my house and “Pink Bic Lighter” was filmed in this amazing party house we found online. So, yes all of the video was filmed right here in Nashville!

B Chord – I have to say I feel the true vintage country sound is working its way back in today’s country music. . How do you see that taking form?

Ruthie Collins – It is so exciting! I am a big music fan and I truly enjoy all genres. I think country music has brought in almost all the genres. In the 90’s, you could be in an alternative band or a folk band or a hot ac band. That is still out there, but I feel that country music has absorbed a lot of those sub-genres and now everything is country! I think that while that can be fun and cool and gives us such diversity in the genre, I am excited to hear some super country stuff on the radio again. That is truly what I love!

B Chord – Has it been a struggle having more of that country bluegrass sound while trying to make it on today’s radio?

Ruthie Collins – I think so. There have definitely been times when publishers in town will say “we only want pop songs.” There are also a lot of artists in town that will not cut a song by a Nashville writer anymore because everything has gone so pop. It is a struggle for all of us who got into this genre for the vintage sound and song writing. However, everything is cyclical and it all comes back around and sticks out. So yes it is very exciting!

B Chord – What has been the favorite song you have ever written?

Ruthie Collins – Oh gosh. I have no idea. Well let me think for a second. The typical response is the one that I wrote yesterday because an artist whether they are painters or writer or poets, the last is always the favorite. There are songs that I really enjoyed the process of writing and you put them out in the world and they are all your babies. The ones that are received well by people become your favorites. There is a song on the album called “Mockingbird” and it is my Mom’s favorite so I love playing that song live. I can dedicate it to my Mom and all the Mom’s that are at the show in the crowd. I wrote that song with one of my best friends, Jessica Roadcap, so that has a lot of meaning to me. I have literally written thousands of songs, so to pick one is really hard for me.

B Chord – I know Tom Petty was one of your idols in music. How did he inspire you and which of his songs is your favorite?

Ruthie Collins – That would definitely have to be “Wildflowers”. I found Tom Petty in college through some friends that just loved him so much. I was just talking to another friend the other day about this and really Tom Petty taught us what was cool. He taught us what type of gear we should play, how to just stick to your guns and your career and if something doesn’t feel right don’t do it. There is the story about how he said “No you aren’t going to use my success to make cd’s $22.00. That is not something he was going to let his fans deal with even though the label said we can charge that much and get it. He taught us so much of just how to be in this business. I feel that I will always remember my Mom telling me where she was when Princes Diana died. I feel the same way about Tom Petty. I was getting on the on ramp at Trinity Lane in Nashville and it came on the radio and I was like what?? It was all around just a horrible day.

B Chord – The first time I ever heard Ruthie Collins it was a cover of “Ramblin’ Man”. Gosh, I love that song! How did you come up with that version and where were you when you recorded?

Ruthie Collins – Well, to be totally honest with you, I was just trying to do something that would make my record label want to release a single. This is basically what I try to do every day. I was sitting in a recording studio with my producer, Curt Gibbs and we were working on another song and we were talking about Avichi. Do you remember that Avichi song that was out “Hey Brother”? I remember asking him “hey what is this.” Curt was really into Pop music which is why some of these elements have wound up on my CD. So, I asked him “what is this? “ I really like this until the dance beat comes in lol. He said this guy is just a DJ and he sampled this song and I said wait a minute, has anyone ever done this in country? Curt said I really don’t know. So I said we have to do this! I mean right now! So I told him I truly mean right now, let’s do this. So we thought about a classic country song that reminded us of me. Something that was kind of haunted and sad, I just love sad songs and old country. So Hank Williams immediately came to mind. I started going through songs and when I sang that “I love you baby” part it made me feel like some girl who had this guy saying “yeah I like you so much but I gotta go”. It is the story of every girl in Nashville that is trying to date a musician. So I really related to that and it sounded so forlorn and cool sounding and I said we need to put that in there. Kurt said “Um ok” I then said now make it up tempo more up tempo for me because I knew the record label would it that way. We started playing the up tempo and I googled the lyrics and we recorded the vocal and we never changed the melody. I opened by starting to sing the lyrics and we never stopped knowing we had it! I played it for the label the next day and brought them in on the idea which they loved at first. But, come to find out it was a little too different. The whole process was a different way at going about it and I absolutely loved it.

B Chord – What is Ruthie’s guilty pleasure that we as fans would never guess?

Ruthie Collins – Never guess huh? Oh gosh. I feel pizza is the obvious one. You know I love me some Nick Jonas. That is a guilty pleasure and a record I would put on for a long drive and if I am getting a little sleepy. Also, I really like gin. But that is also one not so surprising to my friends. They know that if I have a gin martini, it is about to get turned up! I can drink beer with the best of them, but if you give me three gin martini’s I am like Wheeewwww! It will definitely be a short night.

B Chord – Tell us a little about Home.Made that you are now in on A&E?

Ruthie Collins – This was a really neat opportunity. I had bought my first house about a year and a half ago. I was doing all of these projects to try and fix it up. In Nashville, it is growing so fast that is really hard to find someone to come over to your house to do a $100 job because they can go four doors down and work on a million dollar renovation. So I had to buy some power tools and learn how to do a lot of things on my own which was a lot of fun. I started posting photos online of all the projects I was currently working on or had finished. We did some web series stuff with a label I was with and we did an Airstream renovation. That web series just came out a week ago, because things have been so crazy with promoting and working on the album. We will be putting that on social media in about a week, I promise. I had a little TV experience and I really liked it so my agent said to me “Hey there is an opportunity for A&E are you interested? They are looking for a duo so do you have anyone in your life that you think you could work with? They are looking for a big personality.” I said, my buddy Danny is a carpenter and he has been helping me out with projects and he is just so goofy. We sent in an audition video and that got my agency so excited. They said do you want your own show? I said yeah of course I would love my own show. We were in the process of shooting a pilot and Amy called and said we want you for this. So we put all of that on hold and I filmed two series’ with A&E and I just love it! It is so much fun.

B Chord – If you had one person in all of Music you could collaborate with whom would it be and why?

Ruthie Collins – Do they have to be living? I mean obviously, Tom Petty comes to mind because of the conversations we were just having. I do have to say it would be a tie between Tom Petty and Emmylou Harris. I really admire her and Dolly the same way. I think these women that have made longevity in the music business their main focus. I want to be singing and performing songs that I wrote on stage when I am 80 years old. That is what I do and love to do and never want to stop doing. When I see all these women out there still writing, producing, touring and involved in all different facets of the music business, I know that is what I want to do. I say to myself, I want to do that and know how to keep that going in my career for that long. Definitely I have to say Emmylou and then be able to hang out with Tom.

B Chord – The song “Dear Dolly” really hits deep to the female artist in country music today. Has Dolly ever reached out to you about the song? The song is truly amazing! How do you feel the genre is doing with female artist on the radio now?

Ruthie Collins – I think that she has heard the song, but we have never talked about it. I know we were supposed to get coffee after her last tour was over. That reminds me, I need to follow up with my manager about that. Lol. It is so sad because I wrote that song about six years ago and at the time I wrote about my record label. I just turned in a full record I spent a year of my life on and they said we hear hits all over like this but women are too hard right now. I wrote that song about that subject because it was just so frustrating and I wished we as female artists had someone to talk to about it so I said well, Dolly would know what to do. I wrote that song with my bud, Natalie Stovall and Jessica Roadcap. It sat around for a few years until the label heard it and said “We need to release this”. I remember saying really you want to release a 6/8 ballad that is over four minutes long about how country radio will not play it? Please don’t do that to me guys, I am so excited about releasing music but that was just so interesting. It also felt a little untimely because the Tomato Gate thing had happened. I have to be honest with you; I feel people are tired of hearing all about it. Statistically it is worse now than it was then and that is really sad. I do feel that we have had some wins as women in country music and they have been big wins. Kelsea Ballarini, Maren Morris, Cam and Lauren Alaina who has a number one now. I just hope that women will continue getting chances because it only gets better and better the more we have wins. A win for one of us is a win for All of Us! People are tired of hearing about it and honestly we are tired of talking about it but it is one of those things about our lifestyle you don’t get to keep quiet. We have to keep talking about it and I truly feel it will get better and better, but Nashville needs to take some ownership of this issue as well. If you don’t sign new talent, you are going to have a record label with only a couple artists that when they need to retire you don’t have anyone to step up. If Nashville doesn’t take some ownership and start signing young talented women, cultivating relationships for them in the publishing world and the record label world it will never get better. I really want to see Nashville get behind this cause. I hear people say you know I started seeing success as a songwriter when I stopped writing songs for girls. These are women saying that and this is so true because if there is no one to produce these songs why write them. It is the whole chicken before the egg problem.

B Chord – So, we have a signature question we ask every artist that we interview. Here it goes. You are stranded on an island and you can take one instrument with you. What would it be and why?

Ruthie Collins – Oh man I would have to take…. Can it be a supernatural desert island where the sun will not hurt the item?

B Chord – Sure it can!

Ruthie Collins – I would have to take my Mom’s piano. I was really thinking a really nice 1960’s Gibson, but I have to be a little sentimental and say her piano. It is a1920’s gorgeous baby grand piano. The soundtrack to my childhood was my Mom playing this piano. She taught piano lessons so there were always kids playing on it. That would be a really special thing to have, so that would be my choice.

Ruthie has done one of the coolest things with her new album release that will be out on October 20th, 2017. She released a mini short film for songs off the album. We have attached the link below and it absolutely amazing. You will probably notice some cameos from Natalie Stovall, Nikita Karmen and Mitchell Lee. Hats off to you Ruthie for such an amazing project and we will be behind you every step of the way! Check out all the links below….

 

 

“Get Drunk and Cry” Pre-Order Here – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/get-drunk-and-cry/id1273895234

Website – http://www.ruthiecollinsmusic.com/

Photos from Ruthie Collins Website

“New Beginnings” with Madeline Smith

We branched out to New Jersey for this interview and got the chance to talk to Madeline Smith! Madeline is an amazing singer/songwriter and musician that we have been following for some time. She truly has a unique sound that is unrivaled and some of the best song writing I have experienced so far. She has released two albums so far “Madeline Smith” and “New Beginnings” and both are worthy of your downloading. When we started B Chord, the goal was to provide a voice to the up and coming singer/songwriter and help them gain exposure in the different markets. So, we could not be prouder to help her and let y’all know who Madeline Smith is! I know you will enjoy.

B Chord – Tell us a little about where you grew up and how you got into music?

Madeline Smith – I grew up in New Jersey which is kinda weird for the genre of music but spent my summers and holidays down in Louisiana. All of my family is from there and we have a hunting camp in Mississippi. I grew up with strong southern roots and country music. So I was the girl in New Jersey who wore cowboy boots and sang country music. They would all ask what is wrong with you. So, I started getting into music when I was around 10 or 11 and that is when I started to play the piano as a part of school. I never thought of it as anything other than that until I was in High School and my guitar teacher said “hey you could do this for a living.” That had never even occurred to me before that moment. I then said wow that could be amazing, so I told my parents that this is what I wanted to do with my life. Their response was “Heck No!” “You need something that will be stable.” “You are going to go to college and you are going to get a good job.” I was 15 at the time and made them a deal. I said if I get all A’s and finish high school early by doubling up on all my studies will you support me in this? So, I finished high school at the end of 10th grade with a 4.0 and my parents said “Ok we see you are serious about this and we will support you.” So I have been doing it ever since.

B Chord“New Beginnings” is your recently released new album. Can you tell us a little about the album and the process of creating it? Also, do you have a favorite song on the album?

Madeline Smith – We are working on the video right now. So we will have one out this month and three more that we will scatter on the releases. We wanted to try and get them all filmed now before it gets too chilly to film outside. We finished the final draft yesterday and we are working on all the final changes. It will be on Vevo and scheduled to be released hopefully in the next few weeks. We filmed that one up north, while we were thee for shows. I have a video guy in that region who is really awesome and we shot it up there. Favorite song on the album….. Oh, I don’t know. I love each song for different reasons. With “New Beginnings” it is a bit different because every song has a story behind it, where as my first album was created when I was 16/17 and I was putting out songs. I didn’t know who I was yet and just wanted to put out music. The first album is always that way you try to figure out how does this work and I just want to put out a song. It was such a learning experience and with “New Beginnings” where I took the time to make it what I wanted it to be and personal about my life. People relate to music being more personal. So it is really hard for me to just pick one song when I love them all and they all mean something different.

B Chord – You have hit the top 20 on the U.K. charts and also attended the British Country Music Awards. How was that experience?

Madeline Smith – Oh my gosh, it was crazy! First off, we had no idea that was going to happen. We took the first three singles “Stay” “State of Mind” and “Catchin Fireflies” and decided to put them out on the U.K. scene. The radio over there is so much different than it is here in the U.S. Radio is not controlled in the U.K. so anyone can put out singles on the radio and have access to the format. It is really awesome because anyone can be heard. We didn’t do any promotion on them, rather we just gave them the songs. I then received a call from my guy over there and he said, “You will never believe this but you are in the top 20!” I couldn’t believe it. All three singles hit the top 20 and that was insane. I was then invited over to play on the British Country Music Awards. It was a different experience because it is so different from the U.S. awards. I was out of my element but it was really nice. We hopped on a tour for a little bit and had a blast.

B Chord – You have opened for some amazing people so far in your career! Kelsea Ballerini, Darius Rucker, Lee Brice and recently Dylan Scott. What have you taken away from these experiences and does any single one stand out for helping and mentoring you?

Madeline Smith – That’s a hard question. They have all been amazing in their own ways. Every show we have done with the amazing acts have been incredible and the fans have been absolutely incredible. It is awesome to see how the fans support not only who they came there to see, but they become my fans too. Country music fans are not about following just one artist. They support everyone in the genre and that is just amazing! So, one of the coolest experiences is when we opened for Darius Rucker and I was about to turn 17 at the time. It was the third show I ever did in my life and it was very intimidating. I had no idea how I got that job, I didn’t have a CD out, no one knew who I was, and someone just called and said hey we want you to open for Darius Rucker. How did you even find me and no one even knows who I am ha. It was so funny and looking back on that was incredible. There was 5,000-6,000 people and I remember thinking I can’t believe I am in this moment. Now those moments are more frequent and that was the first of many. We have recently played in front of 30,000 people. It is cool to see how it has grown over the years.

B Chord – So in honor of your song “Lie To Me”, which we love by the way, tell me two truths and one lie and let’s see if I can guess the lie. Ready?

Madeline Smith – Oh My Gosh. Two truths and a Lie. I have never done this before. Ok ok I got it. I can play the banjo, I can play the mandolin and I have lived in Asia.

B Chord – Ok let me think, I am going to say the lie is that you can play the banjo

Madeline Smith – Nope I can play the banjo, I can’t play the mandolin!

B Chord – Ah, you got me. I was trying to give you all the musical accolades so I should have known. I have seen you play piano and guitar. Ahh.

B Chord – I think you just had a pretty big birthday didn’t you? 21! Happy Birthday, has anything changed since?

Madeline Smith – Thank you. Finally, when we play bars and I can finally drink at all these venues. Nothing else has changed. I have been playing bars and clubs for the past 3 years. I was allowed in if I was playing legally but that is really the only difference.

B Chord –  You had the ability to work with Kent Wills, Dolly Parton’s producer, band leader and guitarist. How was that experience?

Madeline Smith – It was awesome! Kent is great! I worked with him on both of my albums. He is a phenomenal producer and guitarist and it shows while playing with Dolly for all these years. So he actually brought in Nashville’s top musicians for the album. He wanted to do both the albums the right way. We spent a lot of time talking about influences and where we wanted to go with it. He actually heard me and heard what I wanted out of each album and that is why we work so well together. He listened to my words and somehow made it all musical. It is so hard to create something if you don’ t have a vibe with that person. I am so lucky and blessed to have found and worked with him on both of my projects.

B Chord – A group from New Jersey that was on a T.V. show made “GTL” famous right, Gym, Tan, Laundry. I know, I know Jersey Shore. Give us Madeline Smith’s three must do’s?

Madeline Smith – Oh instead of Gym, Tan, Laundry, it would have to be Starbucks Food and being goofy. People who know me make fun of me on my Instagram because every day it is Starbucks. Then they make fun of me for the amount of food posts I do. I am a huge foodie. I am also a goof ball, so they are the three things I am known by.

B Chord – What would be your favorite venue you have played to date?

Madeline Smith – It would have to be The Arena in Orlando, Florida. We played an event there for the ECHL All Star Game. It was broadcasted on NHL Network and we played during the intermission of the game. It was a filled arena and it was broadcasted on television. We had no idea it was on until we started getting calls saying, “Hey did you know you are on TV right now?” It was so cool. That is the biggest venue we have ever played and it was terrific.

B Chord – I love your storytelling in your song writing. It is very true and real. My favorite song of yours so far would have to be “Stay”. I know, I love the slow sad songs, ha! Can you tell us a little about the writing process and where the inspiration came from?

Madeline Smith – It is actually my favorite song ever. People always think the song is about a break up and it actually isn’t.  That is one of the things I love about the song, it has such a double meaning. It can be about breaking up with someone or also about losing someone you love. I actually wrote the song about my Cousin and my Grandmom. I lost both of them in a span of a year and they were both very shocking and unexpected. The song was about losing someone I loved and then being able to get through that. Girls love this song and they come up to me after a show balling saying, “I just broke up with my boyfriend.” I love that they get that meaning too and it is just such a different meaning for me. It is great that people can find different ways for the song to touch them.

B Chord – Tell us your favorite video which you have recorded?

Madeline Smith – I would have to say, “State of Mind”. That was a really fun one to record. It was my first video that I ever made and everyone in it was either friends or family. The video director said, “Let’s get a bunch of extras and fake food and we will stage a party.” We looked at him and said “No, No, No, No, No!”. We will get friends and we will have a real party! We had all our friends and family at a farm and we had a party and that is what he filmed. I think that is why the video seemed so real.

B Chord – So, at B Chord, we have a question that we ask everyone. So much that I might not have to write it in future articles. I will ask it to you a little differently. So, you are stranded on an island and you can take one instrument with you. What would that be and why?

Madeline Smith – I would have to take my Martin guitar. It was my first guitar and it is gorgeous! It is an acoustic electric and I take it to just about every show! So that is my go to instrument.

B Chord – Do you have any exciting news or must see shows coming up?

Madeline Smith – Definitely keep an eye out for the new music videos! We are doing so many videos right now and they will be spaced out so we don’t overwhelm everybody. It will be a lot of new content and visuals to these songs. There is so much I can’t share  right now, but there is a lot coming out very soon.

Please go and check out the following links for all Madeline’s music

www.MadelineSmithOfficial.com

www.instagram.com/MadelineSmithL

www.facebook.com/MadelineSmithMusic

www.twitter.com/MadelineSmithL

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