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Artist Spotlight: Lyndsey Buchanan

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We have had the pleasure of getting to know Lyndsey a little bit over the past few weeks, and she is a very insightful, smart, beautiful, and TALENTED woman. We cant wait to see what the future holds for her (it looks bright). She is good friends with our very own Celsey Braddock, they both show that the women of country music are a force to be reckoned with, especially together. The following is an interview conducted as the next part of our Behind The Life & The Music Series and Lyndsey Buchanan is a perfect fit. She represents everything we love. Don’t forget to check out her new single Skeletons which has over 22,000 streams on Spotify and increasing!

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Background

I picked up a guitar at age 11 after growing up listening to my dad play around the house. When I was 12 and had learned three or four chords, my mom would take me to the VFW in my hometown of Anson, and I would sit in the bar and play to the regulars. At 15 I played my first paid acoustic gig in Abilene at the Firehouse Bar & Grill. For the last 15 years, I’ve been married and divorced, up, down, and in between but music has and always will be the constant in my life. I moved to Fort Worth in 2018 to be a part of my favorite music scene at the historic Stockyards. In 2019, I recorded my first EP called “Tequila Sun”, followed by my latest single this year, “Skeletons”; all of which were written by me, harmonies sang by me, and arranged by the infamous Milo Deering. I am constantly writing, recording when the funds are there, and playing gigs solo acoustic anywhere that will have me.

Who are your band members (If any) and what do they play? No band at the moment. Some day I would love to wrap myself in steel guitar and fiddle on stage. The best part about playing solo is the sense of musicianship you develop trying to have as much impact performing acoustic as you would with a full band.

Who are you inspired by? I have a big heart for gritty, direct, heart-wrenching, down-on-your-luck lyrics and melodies. James McMurtry, Kasey Chambers, Chris Cornell, Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle, Courtney Love, Dwight Yoakam. 

What is your musical history? (When did you first start playing music) Before I picked up the guitar, I was already a band nerd from fifth grade onward. I played the flute, went to band camp, marching band, solo & ensemble, all-district band, all-region band. I was actually Michelle Flaherty. Before that, I always knew I was musically inclined because I could find harmonies to any song. I say any song, I mean any genre. I grew up listening to everything from Tejano to Jazz.

What’s the biggest problem you have had to overcome? The biggest problem I have had to overcome is being comfortable in my own skin. I spent a large part of my life seeking acceptance from others and burying myself in a poor self-image. 

I just turned 30, and I have found more freedom to be myself as I age. Perfection is an illusion. 

Are there hidden meanings to your music? Every person is going to find something different when they listen to my songs. I write from a place of depth that is unique to myself, my beliefs, and my experiences (good, bad, and ugly). To be totally honest, when I wrote Skeletons a couple of years ago and I never intended to record it. I never played it at my shows. It comes from the old saying about people having skeletons in their closet. Mine was my failed marriage. Heavy on the “was”. Songwriting has a funny way of making you face your fears for the sake of stripping those situations of their power over your heart and mind. All I can hope for my listeners is that whatever meaning they find in my songs gives them the fortitude to do the same.

If you could change anything about the industry what would it be? Ah, yes. My least favorite subject. I don’t have any desire to change the industry. At the end of the day, the purpose of any industry is to make money. You gotta have it to make it. I say, let the industry be the industry and you be you. Do what you can with what you have and be true to yourself.

What is one venue you dream of playing? I would love to play a full-band show at Billy Bob’s Texas someday. 

What do you do for fun? When it comes to fun, I’m a country girl and a big summertime person. I love to ride horses, go spotlighting, hunting, back roading, go to the gun range, float the river, sit around a fire with cold beer and guitars, and every once in a while just hit the road for a few hours and drive to the beach, the mountains; whatever my soul is needing at the time.

Are you working on any new music? If you wish, tell us about it I am always working on new music. I am constantly reaching for a feeling, sentence, concept, to turn into a song. My songs are just collections of these habits. Sometimes something I thought about a year ago resonates with something I heard yesterday. Sometimes it’s like a match to gasoline and a song will manifest, sometimes it needs more time. All things in due time.

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Jacob Stelly Releases “Johnny Walker”

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Between the lively tempo, and the opening verse “Hey Johnny Walker watcha doin’ in Louisiana, don’t you call East Texas home” I was hooked immediately. Get hooked on this absolute vibe from the Texas A&M and rising star Jacob Stelly.

Phone interview with Jacob Stelly

Reed: What is the background behind “Johnny Walker”?

Jacob: I wanted to write something about my grandfather, we called him Big John. He passed away when I was in fifth or sixth grade, great guy, but he he was one of the most interesting characters you’d ever meet. He was really just an old hippie. He went and hunted all of his food. He was a hell of a cook, he grew his own pot, and he would just literally just smoke weed pretty much every single day of his life.

So the idea was to write something about him. Then there’s this character, you know that the song is about Johnny Walker, and it all is kind of loosely based off of that drifter lifestyle that he that he led.

The actual name for the song Johnny Walker comes from, my lead guitar players grand grandpa, his name was Johnny Walker. I just I thought that was that name was just cowboys shit when I started writing. But the actual song tracks a story about this musician is kind of traveling all over the country playing music, and um, it’s just kind of three different kind of peeks into his life. He starts off in Louisiana then Chattanooga he’s playing songs for free all the way up to California, and he’s kind of made it at the end of the song. So the whole time it’s kind of a family member or a friend talking to him, asking “Well…what the hell are you gonna do when you’re not writing songs anymore? So that’s kind of where everything comes from and the inspiration behind Johnny Walker.

Reed: When I first listened to the song (for whatever reason) I heard it from the perspective of a sad guy driving down the highway running out of sad country tunes to listen to driving down the highway. This guy is sad and getting over a breakup or whatever in which he was drinking a bunch of JOHNNIE WALKER (the alcohol) haha. Eventually he gets over it, is happy again, reaches success, therefore Johnnie Walker (the alcohol) misses him because he isn’t sad and drinking anymore.

Jacob: Yeah, and so and you bring up a good point, the chorus part I have that kind of double meaning. The idea about it when I was writing it (if you’re looking at it from a really literal perspective) was that it’s somebody asking Johnny Walker, “What are you gonna do when you run out of songs? And, you know, if you assume that he’s a musician then you know, one day, this is all gonna come to an end, and he’s gonna have to figure something out. But, then there’s that other side of the token. A whole lot more general kind of perspective yeah… “What happens when you run out of sad songs to play when you’re going down the road? That’s a really cool perspective.

I’ve always been told that poetry, but especially music, is that 50% of it is the writer and 50% of it is what you bring to the table as the listener.

Reed: What’s your favorite lyrics from Johnny Walker?

Jacob: My favorite lyrics… I think I’d have to say, “Moon dog chasing the greyhound station while he’s young enough to roam”.

That came from a rough draft I had written for the song and it was way different. I was sitting in class one day because, I’m at A&M (and I’m almost done). When I was in class I was kind of humming the melody, you know, “just a moon dog chasing the Greyhound station while he’s young enough roam. And I kept going through my head with it. Like, okay! I really dig that.

Also I’m actually a big Matthew fan. I fucking love that movie The Beach Bum (Matthew McConaughey plays Moondog) That’s kind of where the the idea for that lyric came from. So if I had to pick a favorite line it would be that… “Just a moon dog chasing the Greyhound station while he’s young enough to roam”. It really encompasses the whole energy of the song in one line.

Reed: Where did you write the song?

Jacob: So the the song kind of started off as most of my songs start off; just a melody in my car I was driving to, I guess I was driving up to Shreveport, Louisiana or something. I couldn’t get it out of my head. It wasn’t until I got back to college station, sat in my room and smoked a little weed. That’s my thing I guess it gets me creative haha. So I did a little bit of that sitting in my room until about two o’clock in the morning, and it all came out in about 20 minutes. The first draft of it, um yeah. So I guess if I pick a location, I guess it’d be in my room under the influence of some good devil lettuce.

Reed: What else would you like to add about the song?

Jacob: Well, let me think. I love the song. It’s a little piece of me you know? I feel like I put in a lot of work to this particular song, but man, I mostly am just looking forward to what’s coming out next. I think this is just kinda showing everybody what we’ve been working on, and and the kind of style that we’re we’re kind of transitioning into. I just really like what we’re doing now. I really love the producers we’re working we’re working with. They used to play in six Market Boulevard and we’re working with them out in Stephenville. So, you know, I love the people were working with. I love the sound that that we are developing, and I just I can’t wait for what comes next!

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Credits:

Josh Serato & Ben Hussy (Producers)

Ben Hussy (Bass)
Jack Pirtle (Guitar)
Logan Bowers (Drums)

Jacob Stelly is managed by Dalton Domino & Honco Music Group. He is definitely in great hands over there. If Dalton Domino sees this kids potential (we surely do) and is investing his time into him… be prepared folks for more amazing music in the future.

Stream “Johnny Walker” HERE!


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Single Spotlight: Jacob Melton “Pass It Around”

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Jacob Melton is a 34 year-old male singer/songwriter from Short Mountain, TN . ‘Pass It Around’ was released back on December 17th! He describes his music as a rock/country mix(like a redneck Rob Thomas). His first solo project and “Self Titled” debut EP released April 10th, 2020. With such tracks as “90 Proof and Smooth”, “Concrete Rodeo” and “Live This Lie” there is absolutely a song everyone can connect with. Finding his own sound rooted in unforgettable melodies and southern soul, he brings a classic style to these modern days of cross-pollinating musical genres.

Interview with Jacob Melton

What is the backstory of ‘Pass It Around’

The song is about all the times we lived for the moment and then looking back and sharing all those memories with the friends e makes them with.

Where did you write the song?

I wrote the song around a bonfire in Temperance Hall, TN with my friend Seth Willowby

Favorite lyrics and their meaning

“I crossed that line a time or three. it’s how it goes being life of the party. Don’t throw stones just roll with me – we all make mistakes, take things too far.. but you have to chalk it up to lessons learned and move on.

What else would you like to say about the song?

The song was produced by Adam Shoenfeld

Are you working on any new music?

I am currently writing songs for a new full LP in 2021


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Single Spotlight: Hayley Giovinazzo “Lipstick on Your Car”

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Interview with Hayley Giovinazzo

Tell me a little bit about you Hayley

I’m a 20-year-old singer/songwriter, from Massachusetts. I’ve been writing music since I was about 11 years old and playing guitar since around the same time. I’m currently a junior in college in Milwaukee, Wisconsin getting my business degree while pursuing music.

What’s the backstory of Lipstick On Your Car?

I’m not sure I should admit this haha but the song is actually a true story. One of my friends was cheated on, and so me, her, and a couple of our other friends decided to go to the guys car and write on it in lipstick. Unfortunately I think a lot of people can relate to the situation, but writing it I was hoping to give people who have been in the same situation some kind of release. Sometimes the only closure you need is calling someone out for what they did wrong.

Where did you write the song?

I wrote it while I was home from college for the summer in Massachusetts! I didn’t really plan on writing a revenge style song, but when I sat down to write the memory came to mind, and I thought it was too good of a story to not make into a song.

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What’s your favorite lyric from the song?

I think my favorite lyric is “do you recognize this from the color of my kiss”, I think it paints a clear image of what’s happening. It’s about getting back at the guy using something that had good memories tied to it, the lipstick. He wrecked a good relationship by cheating, so he’s called out with a kiss goodbye.

What else would you like to add about the song?

While it’s a revenge style song, it’s also a song about letting go of someone who may have shown some red flags from the beginning. It’s the second song I’ve released, so I hope people enjoy it!

Are you working on any new music?

I am! I have two more releases coming in the next few months, but I am also writing a TON of music that I am already super excited for.


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