Smithfield Is Country Music’s Hottest Rising Duo

I traveled up to Baltimore to sit down and talk with Jennifer and Trey who make up the duo Smithfield. We had an amazing chat about how they met to their inspirations in music.  I met a gentleman who told me a story about how he had just met Jennifer and Trey on a plane from Nashville. He had a conversation with them as they were getting on the plane and when he got to his seat he looked them up. Mid flight he went and showed them that he had download all their music. Here is the best part, they caught up with him as the plane landed and arrange for him to come to the show. How cool is that!

I was very excited to see Smithfield live, I can tell you they did not disappoint. They opened the show with “We Make Our Own” and as soon as they started singing the crowd was pulled in. Their harmonies are some of the best I have ever heard. It is a true art to be able to sing almost as one person and they are truly amazing at it. Jennifer then went into a cover of “Slow Hands” and then crowd was singing every word. They even did a medley of 90’s music from Shania Twain to The Goo Goo Dolls. The way that Trey and Jennifer worked the crowd looked like they have been on a stage their entire lives. As they came to the end of the set they played “Hey Whiskey”. It was at this moment that I swear every cell phone was in the air and had the flashlight on. It made for an amazing backdrop. I truly recommend going and seeing Smithfield if they come to a venue near you. I am sure they will be household name in the country music world in 2018. They have so much potential, Jennifer and Trey are two of the nicest people in the world.

Please enjoy the interview and below you will find all the links so you can download and follow Smithfield on their musical journey!

Smithfield Links

https://www.smithfieldmusic.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Website – https://www.lindsayell.com/

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

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

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

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