Hey, I’m doing great! Excited about my new release and the great reaction it’s been getting, and excited to be in Vents!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Only the Tequila Talkin’”?
Yes, of course! I wrote this tune with John Eddie, a great performer and songwriter out of Nashville. I came up with the hook, and thought, “Who’d be the perfect guy to write this with? I immediately thought of John! After we finished writing the song, I had an idea… I called John Popper and told him about the fun, tequila drinkin’ song I’d written with John Eddie, and I asked him if he’d like to record it as a duet with me. He was totally down with the idea. So I flew to Seattle, where he is based. We recorded our vocals and also had the good fortune to have Brendan Hill, the drummer of Blues Traveler, also playing on the track.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
The hook line, “It was only the Tequila Talkin,’ should’ve took it with a grain of salt” came to me late one night while driving. John Eddie and I had been talking about getting together to co-write a tune. I called him and said I have a hook that I think you will dig. He loved the idea, so we worked on the rest of the tune together. We had a good time writing it, maybe even a little tequila was involved, and I think that comes through in the story of the song. Any plans to release a video for the single?
With a story line like the one this song has, we knew we had to do a video before long. We actually we just finished shooting it. It’s got a cool “back in time” story in it. I love the way it turned out. It will be released soon.
The single comes off your new EP Lipstick Tomboy – what’s the story behind the title?
The name Lipstick Tomboy is a good description of me, that’s pulled from a phrase in the bridge of one of my songs, “Whole Lotta Highway.” The song was the title track from a recent “Fan Club Only” CD I did last year. It will be released to the public in the future.
Tell us about the recording and writing process?
I usually get an inspiration about a topic. The lyrics that come to me are usually already tied to a melody, or at least a meter. At that point I bring my guitar into the process. The finished melody finds its way through the phrasing of the lyrics, along with the chords I’m playing, to help create the mood. Some of my songs are auto-biographical, some are embellished or historical fiction, some are biographical about other people (y’all know who you are! Haha!). I am often inspired a lot while I’m touring and travelling, and get some great ideas out on the road. Sometimes it feels like songs are hanging there in mid-air waiting for me to channel them, filter them through myself as an artist, give them form, and bring them to life. I love songwriting.
What was it like to work with John Popper and Jeff Trott? How did those relationships develop?
Those guys are great! John Popper is always great to work with. He is such a great singer and harmonica player. He really made the song his own. He’s also a really witty guy and he keeps me smiling. He is such a good person, and we became friends when I opened solo acoustic for Blues Traveler on a tour. This was my first release working with Jeff Trott, but I was familiar with him from some of his collaborations with Sheryl Crow, Jason Mraz, Stevie Nicks, and others. Jeff is such a creative force! He worked on the production and recording of much of Lipstick Tomboy. His ideas are so fresh, and he seems to have the key ingredients to bring a song arrangement and production up to the next level.
How much did they influence the EP?
John Popper certainly helped make “Only The Tequila Talkin'” a great duet. A lot of feeling and great vocals, along with his unmatchable signature harmonica sound. Jeff Trott’s role was definitely a bit more behind the scenes, but very influential in that he helped me find the right ways to achieve the sound I was looking to create. He worked with me in pre-production of the songs. We worked together on song keys, tempos, arrangements and what instruments we would feature on each song to help enhance the vibe. Jeff then tracked the vocals and instruments in his studio. He also played Americana instruments on some of the tunes, including lap steel and mandolin.
Did you intend to blend Americana with Blues or would you describe your music as focusing more on one genre?
I guess I do music of the Americana genre, as well as some Country/Rock tunes, and some bluesy stuff. I just let the music come out, and it’s all me, so whatever genre people like to consider it, is fine with me. I like to listen to all kinds of music.
How has your upbringing influenced your music?
I began singing on stage when I was 4 years old, standing on a picnic table at a talent show. I knew right then that live performance and music was my calling. I began writing songs when I was about 13 years old, which is when I began to study guitar. Though my music and career have developed and grown so much since then, the driving force behind it has remained very similar. Making music, having fun, bringing people together through the music. I am happy that my dream and calling have taken me all over the world to sing my songs. It is a great life and I can’t wait to see what comes up next on the horizon!
Where do you find the inspiration for your songs and lyrics?
I think the bittersweet nature of the human experience is my biggest influence. We are all in this together, and writing songs that people can identify with is rewarding. How many times have you heard a song and said, “Wow! That’s how I Feel.” Music can really bring people together, and be a universal language.
Having shared the stage with some great musicians in the past – how have these experiences influenced you as an artist?
Performing with great musicians brings out the best in me. I learn from their songs, stage presence, confidence and experiences. They’ve been valuable career experiences for me, and ones that I personally treasure.
Any plans to hit the road?
Plans are in the works for a tour in the summer of 2017. We will announce the official tour dates on lisabouchelle.com, as well as on social media, as soon as all plans are finalized.
What is happening next in Lisa Bouchelle’s world?
We’re gearing up for more in-studio radio visits, and live performances, including the upcoming tour. I also constantly write; I just wrote a brand new song last night. And enjoying my life, my music, my workouts, my friends and loved ones, and my rodent pets!