I’ve had the opportunity to meet many amazing musicians over the years. Lots of memorable and profound ones, but the one that felt the biggest to me was meeting Grace Potter just a couple years ago. I was able to go back stage with my duet partner Hannah Zale and hang out with her and her band after their show at The Georgia Theater in Athens, GA. She has been one of my biggest singer/songwriter idols and influences since I was a teenager. She’s one of those artists I would take the time to dissect and learn a handful of her songs at a time. It felt so comfortable and easy to talk to her. I thought meeting someone that profound to me would make me awkward and starstruck — though somehow I didn’t feel that way. She was so personable and wonderful; full of charisma, fire, authenticity, and love. It felt like a dream that I got to hang and party with her and the band for an hour or so, haha. Such an amazing time with amazing people. It was a very special experience, especially getting to share it with my band mate who is also my best friend.
Was there an album that you felt shaped you when you were younger, or an album that inspired you to get into music yourself?
When high school came around, I became even more obsessed with the rock n’ roll, though as I grew and progressed with the guitar and singing, the Blues took over. I fell back into Hendrix and Stevie Ray, which (and what felt random at the time) led me to John Mayer. John’s early stuff was too popular and sensitive for my angsty heart at the time — BUT THEN I FOUND “John Mayer Trio” and that blew my mind and seriously got my attention as a guitarist and singer/songwriter. I bought his other album, “Continuum,” which was a HUGE experience and inspiration for me. That lit the fire under my ass to practice a ton more. I also connected with Alanis Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill” and Paula Cole’s “This Fire.” Angry chick music was imperative. Later in high school I was writing more than ever and stumbled across Grace Potter and The Nocturnals’ “This is Somewhere” and “Nothing But The Water” albums…I couldn’t stop listening to them.
Do you have any uplifting stories you’d share with music fans who feel like it’s “not cool” or embarrassing to be a diehard music fan?
Other girls my age weren’t into the music I was, or played a rock band instrument, so I felt like I had to try extra hard to get the boys’ attention. Growing up in my Southern suburban town, the boys seemed to be the only ones who had similar interests in music…but man were they dense. I needed the rock identity to feel safe and confident. Of course looking back on that now, I realize just how desperate and lame I was…which comes with that tender, miserable age.
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