Beth Brown is an incredible singer songwriter.Dug what I heard and this is what she had to say.
1. What was the inspiration behind the song easy?
“Easy” is actually my only happy love song funnily enough. I am usually quiet the brooder but this song really surprised me! I was inspired by the first stage’s of getting to know someone, the innocence and delight of the honey moon phase of love. I’m a hopeless romantic at heart so this is a very true reflection of me…love the cheese factor!
2. Was it hard to write the song or was it an easy process?
Every song has its own little personality and way of bringing it into life. “Easy” came from experimenting on the guitar in an open tuning and then this light little melody came into my head as I was driving through the Tennessee mountains to meet with Butterfly for a writing session. She is an incredible bass player, touring with Sarah McLachlan for over 10 years, she has an incredible pop sensibility and worked out the harmonic bed. Then it was a matter of writing lyrics together. That is another one of her many giftings, to capture a poetic concept tastefully and with depth of meaning. I learnt so much from working with her. I was nervous heading to the writes but as soon as i arrived I found she was not only exceptionally talented but one of the most humble humans on the planet.
3. Was the recording process different to earlier material?
Absolutely my first experience working with Brad Jones (Missy Higgins/Bob Evans/Busby Marou) at Alex the Great Studios Nashville was fantastic and very much on the fly. He had organised some of the best session musicians in the world, Chris Carmichael played strings and is the principal arranger for Alison Krauss, Taylor Swift and Faith Hill.
With the new EP Dream Coat we spent more time in the Pre-Production phase. We entered the studio with track bed’s produced by the amazing Mike McDonald and worked in instrumental tracks from the ground up. I was extremely lucky to have Chris Carmichael travel from Kentucky to do the sessions again. I feel like his string sections work so beautifully in “Easy” alongside some pretty beautifully played ukulele by yours truly.
4. Are you happy how it all gone so far?
My time in the US has been incredible. After being awarded the a Nashville Songwriting Residency by the Australian Arts Council in June this year I was able to really hon my skills as a songwriter on Music Row. Invited to write with Jerry Sally (Chris Stapleton), Shannon Sanders (John Legend) and Robert White Johnson (Celine Dion) I feel like a have a solid footing in the writing and publishing circles of Music Row and i’m excited to continue to take Australian Arts into these influential forums.
5. How did it feel to become part of the Gretch Guitar family?
It’s such an honour to be welcomed into the Gretsch family personally by owner Fred Gretsch and I’m so humbled to be their current International Feature Artist.
6. How do you think that will help you with career?
They have been incredible supporters, from providing a beautiful Vintage Select Edition ’55 White Falcon to promoting my artistry and providing tour support in the US for 2017.
7. Do you have moments where you just can’t write?
Haha absolutely, that’s when you know its time to gig and play out.
8. Do you have any releases in the pipeline?
“Easy” is our first single release of a body of work Debut EP Dream Coat which is being released in March 2017.
9. What do you hope people get out of your shows?
I hope its a really joyful time for the audience. To connect, share the Nashville stories and get an intimate insight into my songwriting catalogue as well as tracks from the EP Dream Coat. I really wanted to tour in my home territories first before heading over to the US in 2017 and hand it back to the people and audiences who have been there from the very beginning.
10. What do you hope 2017 has in store for you?
I wish I could say right now! We have just received some pretty big news this week in regards to playing at Festivals in the US, so please stay tuned and follow me on the socials. People can find me at www.bethbrownmusic.com and subscribe to hear all the announcements and have access to new music first.