Each month GoGirlsMusic.com spotlights an artist or band from its community, asking a series of questions. This month we feature Texas Blues artist Allison Thrash. JazzReview.com says ”…this is the deep-down-from-the-soul blues baby make no mistake about it…with her Phoebe Snow meets Aretha Franklin vocal style…” Enjoy!
I don’t know how else to express myself really, if not through my music. It has saved me, every time, in every instance, when I needed it.
Describe your music style and name three musicians you have been inspired by and why.
I would describe my music style as one that speaks to pain and joy, loss and renewal, love and loneliness, being lost and finding oneself, so I’d have to say my style is Blues, but with influences of Jazz, Gospel, Soul and Bluegrass. There are many others, but I am moved by the life stories of Billie Holiday, Koko Taylor and Elvis Presley. All had huge hearts and all could sing from the truest depths of them.
What’s your ideal venue atmosphere?
Intimate. The venue can be small or large, indoors or outdoors, loose or sophisticated, rural or urban, anything…just so long as it allows for a connection between the audience and me. I love seeing faces, dialoguing, dancing, sharing and connecting with folks. I especially like places where Live Music IS the main attraction! Ha!
Describe how your music career has evolved since you first started performing.
Wow! Well, I grow closer to the truth! The longer and more often I perform, the more I learn about myself and my abilities as a songwriter and a singer. I was raised to seek to be better and better at everything I do, as a songwriter and singer and as a person.
How would you describe the music scene in your area?
Austin, TX is known as the “Live Music Capital of the World” and is truly one of the most welcoming, nurturing cities for makers of all styles of music. Of course, all of Texas is this way!
It’s not due out until December, but yes, the material is very personal. These last few years, for me, have been ones defined first by Loss and then Renewal. I was very close to both of my parents and they both passed. Grieving their deaths and finding my way without them here has been life-changing…life-renewing. It has been and continues to be a time rich with reflection and discovery and you hear it in these songs. And I would be happiest knowing that my songs help others.
What do you think is number one for a musician to think about before preparing for a CD project and do you have any tips on saving time in the studio?
I think Number One is knowing exactly what you want to do for the album from start to finish and I mean EVERYTHING…all aspects of it. Some might call it a business plan. Others might call it a template. I just think that it’s important to have your goals for the album squarely in front of you, so that you and everyone else involved in the project know where you are headed and what it will take to get you there. And as far as saving time in the studio, I think it’s a huge help if you don’t even set foot in the studio until all songs are fully arranged and rehearsed. Studio time is for recording, not writing or rehearsing, the songs.
What makes or breaks a musician just starting out in your opinion?
You have to have a rock solid belief in yourself and what you are doing. And at the beginning as well as throughout one’s career, throughout one’s life, stay courteous and respectful of others. Yes, treat everyone as you would want to be treated, without exception.
Describe your toughest moments in your quest for a music career and tell us how you overcame them.
It’s definitely a juggling act! Like any other career, a music career takes energy, time, focus and commitment. Sometimes it requires very hard choices and decisions in order to stay the course. For example, I was trying to continue gigging and songwriting and promoting and traveling while I was trying also to care for my folks at the end stages of their lives. Finally, I realized I just flat could not do both at the same time very well or for very long and I chose to be with and care for my folks rather than write and perform music. I did not perform for a whole year. It is one of the best decisions I have ever made and I have absolutely no regrets for having done so, but at the time it was a very, very tough decision. I am forever thankful and grateful for that time and that service and those memories with my folks. And I returned to my music when I felt ready to give it my energy, time, focus and commitment again and I’ve found it to be an even richer experience than ever before.
Believe in yourself and stay the course and be thankful for every day that you do get to practice your craft and do what you love most.
Tell us something you want the music world to know about you.
All I am ever trying to do is live up to that adage: Make the world a better place because you have lived in it.
What have you gotten out of being a member of the GoGirls community?
GoGirls really IS a community! I have learned so many VALUABLE things and received so much true SUPPORT because of my membership in the organization. It has been a win-win experience all the way! And you, Madalyn, are quite a remarkable, positive, forward-moving force and heart of GoGirls! You’ve been a real blessing to the GoGirls community in countless ways and you continue to keep GoGirls on the cutting edge of today’s music industry.
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