11 Questions to a Nashville Musician: Amy Stroup

Amy StroupAmy Stroup is about to release her third long player, “Helen of Memphis” on August 10. Amy crafts smartly-sophisticated pop songs that are delightfully colored with a fresh full sound. While we eagerly await the new record, you can taste some new songs now at the usual on-line places.

And if that isn’t enough of Amy for you, there’s also the three delightful disks she made with fellow Nashvililian Trent Dabbs as Sugar & the Hi Lows. Either way, there’s some great sounds out there for you to hear, several of which you have probably already heard on TV show soundtracks.

Recently, Amy had the honor of having one of her songs, “Redeeming Love” used as a part of the “200 Women” book and exhibition. The project photographed and interviewed two hundred women with diverse backgrounds and asked what really mattered to them. To honor the project, she re-recorded the song along with eight of her favorite Nashville women. In October, Amy will be part of a 200 Women Event to be held in Munich.

Keep an eye out and you might catch Amy playing a gig around town or even hosting a round at the Bluebird. She’s also a card-carrying member of the “Ten Out of Tenn” tour collective which is one of the coolest things to ever come out of Music City. Otherwise, thanks to her for sending us eleven great answers to our usual slate of fascinating questions.

 

Where are you from originally, when did you move to Nashville and why?

I’m a mutt. 🙂 I lived in Boston, Florence, AL, Memphis, and finally Abilene, TX before moving to Nashville at age 18. I don’t know where I am from, but I’ve now lived in Nashville longer than anywhere else. So, I like to think I’m a Nashvililian now.

What are the first and the last records you bought, and where did you buy them? Were they CD, vinyl or digital?

In Abilene, I use to save up my firework stand money and buy CD’s. We had a Hastings there, and I would spend hours looking at album art and listening to music in the listening station. I don’t remember what my first purchase was, but I still have my CD folder with Jewel, Lauryn Hill, Patty Griffin, The Dixie Chicks, Destiny’s Child, Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette, R.E.M., The Beatles and more on silver disk. When I moved to Nashville there was a Tower Records. I remember standing in line many times at midnight on Monday nights to be the first person to buy whatever record I wanted that was dropping. Now I am a vinyl person. My grandfather passed away and left me his record player. So now, I’m an avid vinyl purchaser from Grimey’s in Nashville. CD-wise, I just purchased Jason Isbell’s Nashville Sound at Grimey’s on CD so I can listen in my car without interruption.

First and last live concerts that you’ve seen?

First, my parents took me to see John Williams conduct the Boston Pops when I was 4 years old. They also took me to see James Taylor in Dallas when I was in middle school. I just saw Odesza at Ascend Amphitheater on Saturday night in Nashville.

Whose star should be added to the Music City Walk of Fame?

I don’t know who isn’t yet, but if Alison Krauss isn’t, Lord help us. Patty Griffin. Mavis Staples because she is wonderful. Maybe a tribute to all the badass songwriters in Nashville, who pen the stars hits. They are my hero’s and give the stars their shine.

Where do you go in Nashville for coffee and pizza?

The first place I ate in Nashville when I came to town was Pizza Perfect on 21st. It’s still my fav. Coffee, so many good spots. The almond milk latte at Steadfast Coffee in Germantown is pretty great, but I am not above Waffle House coffee.

What’s your favorite record to ever come out of Nashville?

This is a LARGE question. I think Nashville has put out some of the best country and non-country records in the world. Honestly, I don’t know where to begin. I will say Tammy Wynette’ s recording of “Stand by Your Man” is one of the reasons I moved to Nashville.

Where’s the best place to eat late night after a show?

This question makes me miss the old Nashville, where we would always go to Sunset Grill. Now it depends on what side of town you are on, there are tons of new great places: Waffle House for anything, Dino’s for a burger, Santa’s Pub for some second hand, Bastion for Nachos and Five Points Pizza.

The Bluebird calls and asks you to host an “In the Round.” Pick three local songwriters to join you.

K.S. Rhoads to make everyone laugh, and Trent Dabbs so we can sing harmony on each other’s songs. Lori McKenna, cause everything she does is my favorite. Corey Crowder, so we can all hear what will be on the radio tomorrow.

What are your favorite music venues to play in town? 

Bluebird on the Mountain, Ryman Auditorium, Grimey’s in-stores, and 1st Avenue New Year’s Eve shows by the river are all great!

Name a musician who you’d like to see move here? 

I don’t want anyone else to move here! 🙂 Just come visit.

Finally, what’s in your musical future? 

I feel crazy blessed I’ve done music this long, over a decade full time. I don’t know what will happen next, but I’ll work hard to keep climbing the musical mountain and take as many friends as I can with me to the top. Making music with friends has been my favorite part of the road so far, and more of that is sweet success to me.

 

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