How would you classify your music?
Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?
Rosanne Cash, Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams, Patty Griffin and my grandmother, Isabelle.
What do you want fans to take from your music?
My only hope is that my music will resonate with an experience that is perhaps transpiring in their own life and maybe they feel a little less alone.
Can you tell us a bit about your latest album? When will it be released and how does it differ from your previous work?
My most recent album, Wake Me When the Wind Dies Down, was released on 1/1/2016. I believe this album represents the Americana spirit that inspires me to write music. Plus, the songs are feisty and have that element of sass that fans love when they hear me perform live.
What do you love and hate about the Music Business?
I love that a great song can still reach people and in the best scenario, it is exactly what someone needed to hear at that exact moment. I hate the body shaming that songwriters and performers have to endure. It would be a welcome change for people to start listening to music with their ears instead of their eyes again.
What is the best concert you have been to? What do you like most about playing live?
I have been to so many great concerts but the first time I heard Patty Griffin live, every hair on my body stood up for two hours straight.
Is there a song on this latest CD that stands out as your personal favorite, and why?
As time passes, all the songs on the album take turns being my favorites but today, my personal favorite is “Save All My Cryin’ (For Sunday Afternoons.) That song has had such a long journey from being just a line scrawled on a page in my journal for seven years, to being a song written on the piano but finally finding its home: written, recorded and performed on guitar.
How have you evolved as an artist over the last few years? What made you decide to come back into the music business?
I became a mother five years ago and motherhood has made me brave. I don’t have time to wrestle with my self-doubt anymore. I go with my first instinct and that has served me well with this album. Motherhood has also made me vulnerable. I’ve never known love like the one I have for my children. The dichotomy between being brave and being vulnerable provides very interesting ground for songwriting. I came back to music because it is the essence of who I am as an individual. Every since I saw my grandmother play the piano as a small child, I have wanted to write and play music. Now, the challenge is balancing career and motherhood.
If you could meet, play a gig, co-write a song, have dinner, get drunk with any band or artist (dead or alive) who would it be?
So tell us what’s next?
I’ll be touring the US to support this album and hopefully, writing some new tunes. It feels good to be back.
As frontman of Memphis, TN bluegrass collective Graber Gryass, Michael Graber fashions a vast and …