Today we continue with a great new feature on Belles and Gals – “Your Voice, Your Choice”. We introduce one of our favourite songs from a country artist and then the artist tells us in turn about a song that has inspired them and has a special place in their heart. Today we feature UK country artist Lucy Grubb.
It’s been a very busy week for Lucy Grubb. Last week saw the launch of her latest E.P. ’18 Miles’ and on Friday evening she had a launch gig for the record. The same day saw us post our review of the E.P. which you can read here.
‘Change in the Weather’ is the final track from ’18 Miles’ and as you can hear above, it’s a delightful country song. The UK country scene is in a real healthy state right now and what I find particularly impressive about the scene is the fact that we’re creating our own sound. Lucy is a fine example of this and brings a real freshness to her music and performance. If you ask me right now ‘Who is the one to watch?’, Lucy Grubb would be one of the very first names to spring to mind.
Lucy has chosen ‘Queen of California’ by John Mayer
“My song choice is ‘Queen of California’ by John Mayer from his fifth studio album ‘Born & Raised’. Released in 2012, I was 14 at the time, and it completely changed my perspective on music and my lifestyle. The record channels a 70’s vibe lyrically and production wise and combines features of Country and Folk in a way I’d never heard before.
For me, ‘Queen of California’ represents a lot of things. Similarly to Paul Simon’s ‘Graceland’, it’s not only about the destination, but about the journey and the sense of hope and comfort that it brings. It was a career eye opener for me, and the hope of reaching that place I’m dreaming about. The record finally got me seeing visually, blue skies, open roads, the landscape of Western America right in front of me.
Perhaps for the first time this was a record that truly resonated with me, and stood as a goal for me to aim towards musically and otherwise.
I love the honesty and self reflection John’s lyrics always entail, even though the truth often lies beneath the surface. I appreciate his references to Neil Young and Joni Mitchell, he clearly identifies similarities between himself and other musicians who needed to escape their current lifestyles.
This record represents hope, and that’s all I need.”