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Lindsay Ell on Her New Single and Touring with The Band Perry

Lindsay EllPhoto credit: Jessica Wardell.

After spending her childhood listening to and learning how to play country music with her family, Nashville (via Calgary) singer-songwriter Lindsay Ell was discovered by Randy Bachman (Bachman–Turner Overdrive) when she was just 13 years old.  

“When I was really young and working with Randy Bachman,” Lindsay explained, “one of the first things he told me was: ‘Lindsay, this is gonna be an emotional rollercoaster. It’s gonna be up and down, sometimes every day. And you just need to keep it in your heart – why you’re doing this – and make sure you stay focused on the passion for why you do what you do. It will keep you grounded and make sure you can make it through pretty much anything.'”

With her head on straight and her heart in the place, Lindsay is now taking the world by storm.  She currently spends her days touring the world with The Band Perry.

Her latest single, “Trippin’ On Us,” is a catchy tune that can turn even your coldest, snowiest of days to summer in yours ears.  “I wrote the song with good friends of mine, David Fanning and Vicky McGehee.” She said, “…We just wanted to write something about young love, something positive, and up-tempo for a change.”

“Trippin’ On Us” is just a preview of what is undoubtedly going to be a great full-length record from Lindsay Ell.  And I can’t wait to see her shine!  Please enjoy our conversation, I know you will love her!

FYF: Hi Lindsay! How’s the tour going?

Lindsay: The tour is going amazing. After kicking it off in Europe with [The Band Perry] for 20 shows over there, and then getting to tour in my home country, it’s been a lot of fun. It’s a little cold – and a lot of the band is used to that – but we’ve been having a lot of fun.

FYF: You seem to tour with The Perrys a lot. How’d you get hooked up with that?

Lindsay: Yeah! I had met them a couple years ago, when they were opening up for Keith Urban. I met them briefly, and then I had the North American leg of the tour, and then I went to go see their show on the 4th of July when they were playing Riverfront. I talked to them for a few minutes backstage and shortly after that, they asked me if I wanted to come to Europe with them. It was an incredible experience. We played 20 different shows in 9 different countries in 30 days. It’s been amazing. And the best part is, they’re all so sweet. Hearts of gold. It’s just the best act to tour with, pretty much!

FYF: So, what has touring with the same group, being with the same people day in and day out taught you?

Lindsay: It’s pretty amazing how you become so close to people. Sometimes, you know, there’s people in the crew you meet day one of the tour, and you’re shaking hands, but then you really do become like a family out here. Because you’re away from your family and your loved ones, and walking around the venue, you fill that void for everybody. Everybody on this tour has become really close, and they’re such awesome people. Everybody gets along. It’s a great group to be traveling with.

FYF: How do you stay inspired on the road, keep writing and all that?

Lindsay: I feel inspired a lot of times just by listening. That’s how I get my ideas. People watching, hearing a conversation and thinking, ‘oh, that could be a cool song.’ I get it just by being perceptive of everything going on around me. And making sure I still have time to think, you know? Sometimes it’s a little hectic when you’re constantly surrounded by people. As a songwriter and musician, I kind of need that time every day to just walk around the venue by myself. Or have 15 minutes to reflect on everything, and that’s kind of what keeps me grounded.

FYF: I was just reading that you’re living in Nashville now.

Lindsay: I am!

FYF: Do you love it!?

Lindsay: I love it so much. You know, Nashville felt like home really quickly. I don’t know if it was just the amount of musicians there, or the people in the music industry. Everybody just sort of spoke the same language. So I felt at home immediately, and it really reminded me of Canada a lot, the green rolling hills, and everyone was so friendly. The minute I came to town 4-5 years ago, I just felt at home. I’ve been living there for the past 3 years, and I just love it. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.

FYF: That’s great! Is it more challenging living there, or more inspiring?

Lindsay: When I first got there, everybody was like ‘oh, Lindsay, there are so many other people doing this, there’s so much more competition.’ But the environment is that everyone wants to help everybody, you know? It’s such a positive environment, which is really, really nice. And in that way, I find it motivating. You look to the people around you to help push you further and challenge you, make you a better musician, a better songwriter, a better singer. When you’re constantly surrounded by the most talented people ever, it keeps you on your toes.

FYF: Right on. Well, your single is getting lots of good reviews! I was just wondering what the co-writing process was like for you?

Lindsay: Yeah! I wrote the song with good friends of mine, David Fanning and Vicky McGehee. We were out in Breckenridge, CO when we wrote the song. We just wanted to write something about young love, something positive, and up-tempo for a change. So we went out to Breckenridge with that in mind, and David and I were just sorting of jamming with that opening guitar riff, and three hours later, it just came out on the page.

FYF: Do you co-write often? Or was that kind of a ‘one time’ thing?

Lindsay: Yeah, I do. Before coming to Nashville, I would write a lot by myself. I’d finish most songs by myself. I didn’t do much co-writing up in Canada. When I came to Nashville, it almost flipped 180 the other way. Co-writing is such a popular thing to do in Nashville. There are so many amazing writers. Now it’s to the point where, if I have an idea, I almost don’t want to finish it by myself. I want to take it to my favorite co-writers and say, ‘ok, I have this idea, what do you think?’ I’m a fan of ‘many minds make the brightest work.’ And we come out with something really, really good from it.

FYF:  Are you working on a full-length album?

Lindsay: I am, yeah! We’ll probably be hopping back into the studio at the end of March to finish recording the record. And hopefully an album to come out later this fall.

FYF:  Changing it up a bit – what’s the best advice that you’ve ever been given?

Lindsay: When I was really young and working with Randy Bachman, one of the first things he told me was: ‘Lindsay, this is gonna be an emotional rollercoaster. It’s gonna be up and down, sometimes every day. And you just need to keep it in your heart – why you’re doing this – and make sure you stay focused on the passion for why you do what you do. It will keep you grounded and make sure you can make it through pretty much anything.’

To this day, that’s rings so true. It keeps me level-headed, with the ups and downs of life and the music industry. I can just keep trudging on through and, you know, moving forward.

FYF: From what I’ve read, it seems you were pretty much born to make music. Making music as a kid. What’s one of your favorite memories related to music growing up?

Lindsay: My family was always musical. My dad played guitar and mandolin and violin, and my mom played piano, my brother plays guitar also, and all my grandparents played something, so family time was very musical, both sides of the family. We’d have like little jams every night; everyone would bring out instruments and I’ll always remember that, especially Christmastime, when the whole family gets together, all of us playing music for hours and hours and hours on end. It was too much fun.

FYF: If you could have 3 albums as your ‘go-to’ albums for inspiration, which would you pick?

Lindsay: Oh, my goodness! That’s a tough one. Let’s see…I’d probably have to say, Continuum by John Mayer. Um…I’d have to say Be Here by Keith Urban. And…how do I choose! Lets go, The Ultimate Experience by Jimi Hendrix.

For more on Linsday Ell, head on over to her Official Website.



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