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Music | Interview: Lindsay Eli

Before her show at The Workman’s Club tonight, Canadian songwriter Lindsay Eli had a chat with RobMoro about her time on the road with The Band Perry,the music scene in Canada, and

RM: So Lindsay, you make your Irish return next week at The Workman’s Club, are you looking forward to it?

LE: I am so excited to be back in Dublin after last playing in the city over a year ago when we were here with The Band Perry!”

RM: You are from Canada, what is the scene like in your local town/city?

Canada was a great place to grow up in, specifically Calgary, because it is the country music mecca of Canada. Growing up with the Calgary Stampede, countless music festivals, and bluegrass camps when I was really young, honed my love for guitar”

RM:  You have played here before, what was your last gig in Ireland like?

We were playing Vicar Street with The Band Perry, and I remember we ended the European leg of the We Are Pioneers tour a little over a year ago. It makes it even more special, that in turn I am now kicking off my very first headlining tour in Europe, starting in Dublin

RM: Is this the first stop (Europe) of your tour? if not, how has the rest of the tour been?

Yes, we are starting our European tour in Dublin. We are extremely excited to be headlining our first tour over here, as well as playing a few shows with Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line. It’s going to be a fun few weeks.”

RM: Where is your next stop on the tour?

We will be heading to the UK to play Birmingham, London and Manchester next. For full details, people can check my website, we would love to see you out a show.”

RM: You started playing music at an early age.  What did you play and what were your influences?

I started playing piano when I was 6 years old and picked up the guitar when I was 8. I started playing guitar because of my dad, listening to a lot of Chet Atkins and Tommy Emmanuel. When I was 13, I started working with Randy Bachman (BTO, The Guess Who), and Randy was the one who opened my mind to guitar influences such as Clapton, Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughn.”

RM: Where are you based and what is the music scene like there?

I live in Nashville, TN. Nashville is a very special city to live in as it is definitely centered on music. Most people if they’re not involved in the music industry in some for, they’re probably dating or married to someone who is! It makes for a very small-town like feeling, and most people have a good understanding of music. It’s very nice to live in a town that is so focused on my passion in life.”

RM: How would you describe Nashville in a few short sentences?

Nashville is definitely a one of a kind place. There’s not many cities in the world that have that many talented songwriters, musicians and singers in one place. Some might view it as a lot of competition, but I view it as a lot of close friends, and people who think like you. They say surround yourself with the best…and I can guarantee living in Nashville is an easy place to do so.”

RM: You have toured a bit too with other acts, any particular moments from those tours with The Band Perry etc.. that stand out for you as great?

The Band Perry are three of the sweetest, hard-working, and dedicated people in the business. It was an honor to be able to play 50 dates on their first worldwide headlining tour. In Europe, they were kind enough to let me travel with them on their bus. One of our favourite games to play on the bus after a show was ‘catch phrase’.”

RM: Apart from “Trippin’ On Us”, what should those attending the gig next week expect from a Lindsay Eli show?

It’s Country/pop with message driven lyrics and poignant guitar solos. If you mixed John Mayer, Sheryl Crow and Keith Urban together….you would start to get a look into Lindsay Ell.”

Lindsay Eli plays The Workman’s Club, Dublin on Wednesday 25 February 2015.