Every Monday we will be bringing you interviews with unsigned UK or Ireland artists for Independent Music Monday. Recently we caught up with unsigned Dublin singer Terrie Gray to find out more...
Where are you from and how did you first get into music?
Dublin, Ireland. My family were all major fans of old American Country music. A family tradition was to sit around my grandparent's kitchen table and sing songs. That's how I learned. I do have a distinct memory of seeing a Trad session in County Kerry when I was about 5 years old. I was fascinated to see how these strangers all came together through their instruments. I decided there and then I wanted to be a musician.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
My influences have remained pretty constant through the years - Patsy Cline, Kris Kristofferson, Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson are the major ones but I have recently started to listen to more modern stuff such as Gillian Welch, Miranda Lambert, Angelina Presley and Margo Price. I feel these ladies are keeping traditional Country/Americana alive while putting a modern spin on it!
How would you describe your sound?
Always a difficult question really. I would say Americana. Purely because my songs would range from traditional country, to modern country, sometimes folk, my last single even had a twist of blues to it. I feel Americana covers all those genres.
What is your latest release called and what was the influence behind it?
I wrote my last single "Free" after leaving a very toxic relationship. I had just gotten back from my first trip to Nashville and I was very much inspired to make music again, to leave my toxic environment and to start building the career I have always dreamed of having.
What’s your local music scene like?
I have found the scene in Dublin to be very welcoming and it seems to be booming. Of course there are hot spots like The Ruby Sessions for singer/songwriters but personally I prefer to play my own gigs. It's funny, I seemed to think I was the only country/roots/americana fan in Ireland but since pairing up with my dobro player - John Millar, he has introduced me to a whole new scene of bluegrass/old time/country that I didn't even know existed in Dublin. So it has been a lot of fun as of late.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
We are hoping to record some new material over the next few months. We are constantly on the look out for new gigs and slots etc. We have one double headliner with a band called Nehoda on the 10th of August in Sin E, Dublin. I had the pleasure of sharing the stage with these guys in Nashville back in April and look forward to playing alongside them again! I am also performing as a guest with Irish Folk Metal legends - Cruahcan in September in The Button Factory which I am also very excited about.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
Do famous artists count? Ha! I did tell my grandfather just before he died "One day Granddad, I'm going to sing with Willie Nelson!" to which he replied "Well love, you'd want to hurry up, he's going before I am!"
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
One jumps out at me. I was playing in a place called Bobby's Idle Hour Tavern on Music Row in Nashville last year (a great place, unfortunately torn down to build offices, such a shame!) Anyway, I am a huge fan of Outlaw Country so when a man by the name of Chris Gantry got up to play a slot just before me, I was blown away by his stuff. I approached him after he played to buy one of his homemade CD's and I went on to him compliment him on his outlaw sound and how he reminded me of the old guys in Outlaw Country such as Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson. He laughed and thanked me and went on about his day. After I got back to Ireland I was reading an article about the Country Music Hall of Fame and there was a picture of himself, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson. The article was about how Chris Gantry was Nashville's "Original Outlaw". Kris Kristofferson's "The Pilgrim" was actually inspired by him. He must've thought I was this silly young girl who hadn't a clue who he was or what I was talking about. Which is true I guess. I suppose that's Nashville for you. You never know who you're going to bump into!