Gimme Your Answers: An Interview w/ Amy Stroup

AMY STROUP
Nashville-based singer-songwriter Amy Stroup released her new album TUNNEL on February 4th. Wanting to know more about the artist, her record, and her lush folk-pop, we caught up with Amy and discussed her US Tour, the music in Nashville, and her addiction to Salt and Vinegar chips.

AMBY: Hello Amy, thanks for chatting with us today. What have you been up to lately?

Amy Stroup: Right now I am on tour with Katie Herzig. We have a day off today in LA and are playing the Troubadour here tomorrow. So my last couple of weeks, I’ve slept on the road in a bus bunk and lived out of a suitcase…and loved every minute.

AMBY: How would you describe your sound to those unfamiliar with your music?

Amy Stroup: If Stevie Nicks, Tegan & Sara, and Lucinda Williams had a baby…

AMBY: You released your latest record TUNNEL in February of this year. What’s the response to the album been like so far?

Amy Stroup: It’s been really, really positive she charted in the Singer-Songwriter Top Ten on iTunes during our release week. Most people say it’s an unexpected but sweet surprise follow up from my first album ‘ The Other Side of Love Sessions’. I’m thankful.

AMBY: What’s the significance behind the album’s title?

Amy Stroup: Over the past three years, I feel like I’ve grown more than ever. There’s been a lot of healing in some things I’ve come to terms with. The name of the album is TUNNEL, and the title comes from the experience of going through it. There’s a road I drive down to get to my therapist’s house. She calls the road ‘tree tunnel.’ She tells people that their therapy starts on that road. It’s a canopy of trees that’s very peaceful and puts you in a mood to think about life. The title rose from the sense that I’ve been journeying through a tunnel of healing. These songs all come from the really uncomfortable process of being in the darkness and being desperate to see the light at the end of it. It almost feels like you’re holding your breath, but if you do the necessary work, you can get through it. TUNNEL represents this process and serves as a place to express the small self actualizing truths learned there.

AMBY: In support of the record, you’ve hit the road on a US Tour. What do you look forward to most?

Amy Stroup: Meeting new friends at all the shows … and trying out some brunch places all over the US. I love breakfast.

AMBY: What’s the funniest thing to happen to you while touring?

Amy Stroup: Bus workouts and learning dance moves for Katie’s video. She was in BIG need  (desperate need :) ) for dancers for a video we filmed in LA.

AMBY: Where would your dream concert take place and who would be in the line-up?

Amy Stroup: Line up… Festival in San Diego… Wild Cub, Patty G, Ingrid M, Sugar + Hi Lows, Beyonce, Stevie Nicks, Paul McCartney.

AMBY: Does hailing from Nashville have an influence on your sound? If so, how?

Amy Stroup: I think the music in Nashville revolves around the love for songs. Some people make band records, capture a certain sound, etc.. but records in Nashville chase down good songs. Atleast that is what i tried to do with my co-writers and collaborators on this album.

AMBY: Which other artists from Nashville should we keep our eyes on?

Amy Stroup: Neulore, Wild Cub, Liza Anne  to name a few…

AMBY: Lastly, what’s something about Amy Stroup that nobody knows yet?

Amy Stroup: Not sure, but here are a few things… I have an addiction to Sea Salt + Vinegar chips, I love Rye Whiskey, I love Hip Hop, I love Jesus…most people say I act like a 24 year old but in my head I see myself as an 80 year old women. I can’t wait to get old…

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Thank you Amy Stroup, for giving us your answers!

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