CALL me strange…
but I have a yearning for and simpatico with the artists of Nashville. Kirsty and Jon are American Young and call that marvellous city of Nashville home. They did not begin their lives there so I ask how they found one another and whether they could give me the inside scoop on their debut album, AY. The guys discuss songs like Eighteen and Something to You and a bit about their musical past. Working with Lee Brice – a much-respected and celebrate musician himself – I was curious what that experience was like and, as will be revealed, it seems like there is deep friendship between the three.
American Young reveal songs, albums and artists important to them; some new acts we will do well to investigate and whether they are heading to the U.K. anytime soon. I learn the secret behind that moniker and what plans they have up their sleeves for the remainder of 2017.
Hi guys. How are you? How have your weeks been?
We couldn’t be better. We get to play music for a living!
Been touring around the U.S. playing shows and have been writing new songs for the next record.
For those new to your work, can you introduce yourself, please?
We are both from the Pacific Northwest.
Jon is from Eugene OR and I (Kristy) was born in Creston, BC – in Canada – and grew up in Sandpoint, ID. We met each other in Nashville and found magic performing music together.
We met each other in Nashville and found magic performing music together.
Can you reveal the decision behind the name ‘American Young’? Any particular spark for that?
Kristy had just written a song called Young in America and Jon had said that’s a cool title but ‘American Young’ would be a great band name – and that’s how we got our name.
I am interested to know more about Eighteen. What is the song about and how easily did it come together?
Eighteen was something that Jon and Lee had written together – that was a great reflection of what it was like for them to be eighteen.
You worked with Lee Brice on the track. What was that experience like?
We are all really good friends Lee Brice, Jon and I. Lee is our producer on the AY album. Lee and Jon are best friends and Jon produces Lee’s records. I’ve known Lee for years.
We are on the same record label and have toured together and have written many songs. Lee is a big part of the A.Y. sound and is incredible to work with.
He brings so much passion and knowledge to the table.
Nashville is your home. Just how exciting is it for a young act there? Is it the best city in the world for music?
We love Nashville. It’s definitely one of the best cities in the world for music.
There is opportunity for all musicians out here in any genre.
Kristy, you are from Idaho; Jon from Oregon. Is it quite a culture-shock relocating to Tennessee?
I think there is always a bit of a shock when you move somewhere – especially across the country. Nashville has a way of accepting everyone – especially artists.
Nashville was just named the friendliest city in the U.S.A.
AY is your debut album. It seemed like quite an emotional experience. How hard was it recording songs like Something to You?
That song is very special. We wrote it with our good friend Billy Montana. We always write the truth and that is what we were feeling that day.
It does get emotional but I do believe that what makes songs great that they’re coming from a real, honest place.
Are there plans for new music later this year?
We have been writing songs for the next record and, once we get back from our European tour, we will be getting into the studio. Hopefully, you will hear some new tunes shortly.
We have a couple new songs we will be performing on our European tour.
You are embarking on the European tour – the fifth time in the continent. Is it good to go back there? Which countries are you most looking forward to?
Of course, we love Europe.
Europe has treated us so well. We love the U.K., especially Manchester, London and Birmingham.
There is so much history there. We also are looking forward to going to Norway and Switzerland.
A few dates in the U.K. are scheduled. How receptive are the British audiences? Do you like playing over here?
We love the U.K.
The fans are unbelievable. We are very fortunate to do what we get to do to meet amazing people all over the world.
The people in the U.K. are amazing. They listen to the lyrics of every song. As long as the fans keep supporting us, we will continue to tour in the U.K.
Who were the artists you grew up listening to and inspired your own music?
The Beatles, The Rolling Stones; Mozart, Garth Brooks; Pattie Griffin and Patsy Cline.
Are there any new artists you recommend we check out?
If you had to select the one album that means the most to you each; which would they be and why?
Both of us would say Abbey Road: it just doesn’t get any better than that record.
What advice would you give to any new artists starting out right now?
Don’t give up on music.
Finally, and for being good sports, you can both name a song and I’ll play it here (not one of yours as I’ll do that).
Lee Brice – Boy
Bomshel – Fight Like a Girl
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