C J Garton, Singer-Songwriter, Talks Life, Writing And “The Gun”

We had so much fun talking to the talented CJ Garton in Nashville. He told us some amazing song writing stories as well as his new music coming out soon. Please enjoy!!

 

 

CJ Garton Website – https://www.cjgarton.com

 

MacMillan Guitars And B Chord Vintage Dreadnought Build

As you may know I purchased a Vintage Dreadnought from MacMillan Guitars. The day I interviewed Marty MacMillan and heard the crisp clean sound of his guitars I was sold. We are going to take you a long the build process with pictures. The featured image is the material that will eventually become the amazing Vintage guitar. In the meantime we wanted to take you on a tour of how he makes each guitar. We hope you enjoy!!

 

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

Give us a follow at @BChord615!

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

 

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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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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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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Lewis Brice Has The “Best Ex Ever”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

B Chord: Quick round questions you ready?

B Chord: Favorite Sports Team?

Lewis Brice: Clemson tigers

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

Lewis Brice: Jerry Lee Lewis

B Chord: In 2018 Lewis Brice will …..

Lewis Brice: conquer the world

B Chord: Favorite pair of boots?

Lewis Brice: Lucchese

B Chord: Favorite drink?

Lewis Brice: Jack and water

B Chord: This interview with B Chord is?

Lewis Brice: Fantastically Awesome!

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

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

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

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

Website – http://lewisbrice.com/