Nashville’s Violet Delancey makes no secret of her admiration of Emmylou Harris and the inspiration she’s received from her work. Violet’s 2016 debut “When the Clock Strikes Midnight” was true to the spirit of Emmylou’s classic early records, full of heartfelt country ballads and great country rockers like the title cut.
Well, the sounds on her follow-up record take a little detour, much like Emmylou did on her 1995 Daniel Lanois-produced “Wrecking Ball” record. Both records bring to mind the atmospheric sounds of someone like Kate Bush rather than the country of a Patsy Cline. This refreshing sound is a beautiful aural backdrop to Violet’s fine singing and lovely songwriting.
Thanks to Violet for spending some time with the usual 11 Questions. Her sophomore release “Columbia Road” will be released on May 25. Here’s hoping that a local Nashville gig will follow.
Where are you from originally, when did you move to Nashville and why?
I’m originally from Los Angeles. I moved to Nashville from London in 2013. I had been working on my master’s degree in Mysticism and Religious Experience when I caught the music bug. Once I finished my degree, I moved to Nashville to learn as much as I could about songwriting.
What are the first and the last records you bought, and where did you buy them? Were they CD, vinyl or digital?
The first vinyl I bought was Evangeline by Emmylou Harris in a record shop in London, where I began collecting vinyl. The last record I bought was Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves by Cher at Grimey’s.
First and last live concerts that you’ve seen?
The last live concert I saw was First Aid Kit at the Ryman. The first live concert I remember was The Beyoncé Experience at the Staples Center in Los Angeles when I was in high school. The first live Country/Americana concert I went to was Emmylou Harris, and it inspired me to move to Nashville.
Whose star should be added to the Music City Walk of Fame?
Willie Nelson would be an obvious one—it’s shocking to me that he’s not already there! Gillian Welch & Dave Rawlings, because they’re Nashville classics at this point.
Where do you go in Nashville for coffee and pizza?
Pizza: Five Points Pizza, no question. Coffee: The Post East
What’s your favorite record to ever come out of Nashville?
It’s between Quarter Moon in a Ten Cent Town by Emmylou Harris and Jolene by Dolly Parton. Probably my two favorite records of all time.
Where’s the best place to eat late night after a show?
Sandwiches at Duke’s in East Nashville or breakfast from Waffle House depending on the circumstance.
The Bluebird calls and asks you to host an “In the Round.” Pick three local songwriters to join you.
I’m going to pretend it can be any Nashville songwriters, alive or dead, and pick Dolly Parton and Guy & Susanna Clark. I’d be beyond nervous and they’d undoubtedly upstage me but it would be worth it.
What are your favorite music venues to play in town?
The OG Basement, the 5 Spot, my back porch when it turns into a picking party.
Name a musician who you’d like to see move here?
Finally, what’s in your musical future?
Time will tell.