11 Questions to a Nashville Musician: Betsy Phillips

Betsey Phillips (Photo by Ashtin Paige)Photo by Ashtin Paige

It’s early on a Sunday morning, and Nashville songstress Betsy Phillips’ recent five-song EP, “Like We’re Talking,” is proving to be perfect Sunday morning music. Light soothing vocals delivering thoughtful words over a gentle guitar accompaniment.  Give a listen to and enjoy the peace of the beautiful title track which features the fine musicianship of Anthony da Costa here at Betsy’s website.

“Like We’re Talking” was the result of a successful Kickstarter campaign and you can read and see more about it here. Says Betsy “I didn’t move to Nashville knowing how to write great songs, but I decided that writing songs was something I was going to do, and something I was going to be good at.” Let me be the one to say that she is doing just fine.

Thanks Betsy for working the 11 Questions. Hope to see you play in Music City again soon!


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

I’m originally from Omaha, NE. I decided to move to Nashville seven years ago after visiting a friend at Belmont. I was so inspired by the sea of talented musicians and the possibility that this could be my future. Trusting my gut and moving here was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

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

The first CD I ever owned was the self-titled LeAnn Rimes album. I was eight years old and remember reading the lyrics while I sang along. I remember trying to decide if I was going to include the lyrics in my future albums or not. This is pretty funny considering I’d never even sang in front of anyone at that point. I recently purchased Homecoming: The Live Album by Beyoncé. It’s out of this world.

First and last live concerts that you’ve seen?

The first live concert I saw was Hilary Duff. It was the summer before 8th grade, and I was so excited.  The last concert I saw was Lori McKenna and Patty Griffin at the Ryman, and I’m still in awe. Patty’s outfit alone stole the whole damn show.

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

I think Lori McKenna should be added at some point. She’s a classic.

Where do you go in Nashville for coffee and pizza?

I’m not much of a coffee drinker, but I love the chai latte at Crema. City House for pizza.

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

I always come back to Mindy Smith’s Long Island Shores. She was the first Nashville artist I fell in love with and her first two records will never get old.

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

Five Points Pizza or Dino’s.

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

Mary Bragg, Robby Hecht, and Korby Lenker.

What are your favorite music venues to play in town?

The Basement on 8th comes to mind first. I also just played The Bluebird for the first time and it was such a good experience. I hope to be back there soon!

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

Sara Bareilles. I want to be her friend!

Finally, what’s in your musical future?

I just released my EP Like We’re Talking so I’ll be playing some shows in support of that. Heading to the east coast this weekend! Then later this summer I’ll be recording a couple of new songs. Can’t wait!




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