Tell us about your tour vehicle.
I have a silver 2003 Subaru. It has around 250,000 miles and I’ve had all sorts of repairs and tune ups done over the 5 or so years that I’ve owned it.
How do you eat cheaply and/or healthy while on tour?
Pack lots of granola bars or make semi healthy treats at home that I can bring on the road to satisfy my sweet tooth.
How many strings do you break in a typical year? How much does it cost to replace them?
I weirdly rarely break strings. I don’t play that hard and I use light gauge. My dad likes to give me a hard time because I don’t change them as often as I should.
Where do you rehearse?
My rehearsal space is any room in my home – my bedroom mostly. I usually write and practice at night once my daughter is asleep and do most of my writing when I’m the only one home.
What was the title and a sample lyric from the first song that you wrote?
The first song I wrote was about a friend of mine named Mary. I wrote it around age 19. The lyrics went something like:
Let me hear about your sister
Can you give me the time
Let me hear about your tragedies
Better be saying goodbye
Let me wish you good luck now
I really oughta go
Maybe I’ll see you on down the line
I’ll have my worries in tow
Describe your first gig.
My first gigs were shows of my father’s where he invited me up for a few tunes. I was about 15 or 16 when I first started performing on stage. He would have me come out in the middle of the show and play a few covers I had learned.
What was your last day job? What was your favorite day job?
My current jobs are mother and musician. Both are full time and there’s no perfect balance between the two, but I try my best! They’re the best jobs I’ve ever had.
How has your music-related income changed over the past 5-10 years? What do you expect it to look like 5-10 years from now?
I’ve been able to pay my bills through my music over the last 4 years, which is a really good feeling. I would of course love to continue growing in every way in my career over the next 5-10 years, but I don’t set many concrete goals, because I prefer to just see where everything takes me as long as I’m always giving it my best.
What one thing do you know now that you had wished you knew when you started your career in music?
People will use you to their benefit if you allow it. It’s important to always focus on what is truly best for you rather than saying yes to everything.