Interview Country Music Explosion
Welcome to the Country Music Explosion Magazine.This will feature interviews with up coming Country Music Artist,both Independent and signed.The Feature artist in this interview is Laura Rice From Virginia——————————————————————————————-
Country Music Explosion:Hi Laura,Thanks for doing this interview,Let’s first start off by giving us a little background of your life,then we can proceed to the rest of the interview
Laura Rice:I grew up in rural Virginia, in between Williamsburg and Richmond. I was a very active child playing lots of sports and spending lots of time outside. We did a lot of hiking and camping. I was an honor student all the way through school. I started singing and playing in band. I participated in everything that I could that would get me on stage. At the age of 20 I jointed the United States Marine Corps and work in troop deployment. After four years I went to school and started my journey as a nurse. I have three children and a loving husband. He’s a deep sea diver. We both support one another in chasing our dreams. Jake has always helped give me that push into the darkness.
Country Music Explosion:When did you start writing about music—and what or who were your early passions and influences?
Laura Rice:I grew up in a very musical family.My dad brought music into my life at an early age.I can remember many times of listening to records with him…learning harmonies with bands like Simon and Garfunkel and Peter Paul and Mary. I fell in love with music. It became everything I thought of. I
put on performances for anyone who would listen…stuffed animal or not. ——————————————————————————————-
Country Music Explosion:What are your main impulses to write about music?
Laura Rice:Well, I am a late bloomer.At 35 I have experienced a lot of life events that the average 18-20 year old main label artist has not. I’ve served my country as a United States Marine, been married and divorced and had children. I now work as an emergency room nurse. I was once told to be relatable to your audience you must write about what you know. So that’s what I do…I write about different experiences I’ve had. My music is my chance to tell my story.
Country Music Explosion:How would you describe and rate the music scene of the city/state you are currently living in and how important is it in terms of what you’re actually writing about?
Laura Rice:Hampton Roads, Virginia has a HUGE music scene of many genres. There isn’t a day of the night where there
aren’t 10-15 venues with live music…and that increases exponentially during the tourist season. There are so many talented musicians concentrated in a relatively small area. With that being said, I really don’t think that the local music scene has any
impact on what I write about.
Country Music Explosion:When it comes to music journalism, what are your criteria for quality? What are currently your main challenges and ambitions as a writer?
Laura Rice:A very talented musician and producer that I write with out of Nashville, named Dan Hagen, told me the
first time we met that a great song is one that can be translated into any genre. That quality in a song is something that I look for now. I can’t commit to something that is only written to blend in with the current trend. Hit music is music that will transcend
through the ages.
Country Music Explosion:What do you usually start with when working on a new piece?
Laura Rice:It usually depends on who I am co writing with. Sometimes I’ll just have an idea or a chorus and we go
from there. Some I send a full song of lyrics and they put them to music….and sometimes it’s the opposite…I let the music tell me what to write about.
Country Music Explosion:Tell us a bit about the selection process for deciding on what to write about, please. What sources will you draw from for research purposes and how much time goes into research, information gathering and fact-checking in general?
Laura Rice:It’s actually funny that you ask that.
I usually don’t have a need to research or fact check, but in my song “Not The Same” about PTSD I did a lot of just that. I had I to to make my song give credit where credit was due and in in the most honorable way as possible.
Country Music Explosion:When and why did you start playing?
Laura Rice:I started as any young musician does…middle school band…lol. I played the flute (insert band camp joke here). Truth be told, I excelled at it, being asked to play with the high school band end of year concert after only studying my instrument. From there it was singing in honors choir and musical
theater and such.
Country Music Explosion:Which instruments do you play?
Laura Rice:Flute and enough guitar and piano to
Country Music Explosion:What was the first tune(s) you learned?
Laura Rice:every musician in my family learns House of The Rising Sun first.
Country Music Explosion:Is your family musical?
Laura Rice:My dad is a drummer who made his run in the music industry as a young man. He also sang and played guitar. Both of my brothers play as well. Funny fact, my grandmother was 80 years old in a retirement home playing the drums in the band she started called the Honey Buns
Country Music Explosion:Which famous musicians do you admire? Why?
Laura Rice:I would have to say Alison Krauss-her simplicity in music..Reba McEntire-her kickass woman rock
attitude…Martina McBride – her powerhouse vocals and meaningful songs
Country Music Explosion:Which famous musicians have you learned from?
Laura Rice:There are so many amazing female country music artists to look up too. I’ve learned so much from the greats not just about music, but stage presence and attitude in general. I have not personally learned from any one of them, but there are so many great role models to look up to.
Country Music Explosion:What are your fondest musical memories? In your house? In your neighborhood or town?
Laura Rice:My fondest musical memories have to be the ones in with my family. The one that stands out the most is one Christmas Eve the family came over. We all had gathered in the basement and started playing music. We enjoyed ourselves so much and played for so long that we forgot to open presents! That
included the children.
Country Music Explosion:Were you influenced by old records & tapes? Which ones?
Laura Rice:My first Cd was the rock opera “Tommy”by the Who…I also listened to a lot of Jimmy Buffett growing up before country music stole my heart around the age of 12.
Country Music Explosion:Who are your favorite musicians? Groups? CD’s?
Laura Rice:I have recently fallen in love with The Stella’s. I also tend to listen to Chris Stapleton a lot.
Country Music Explosion:Have you been in competitions? Any prizes?
Laura Rice:I did compete in the 1st season of the USA Network’s Nashville Star. I made it to the level right before you appeared on TV. That may not sound like a lot but thousands of hopefuls auditioned for the show.
Country Music Explosion:Do you perform in public? Describe those occasions? Concerts, radio, TV.online?
Laura Rice:I currently have two music projects.I perform with a band called TypeCast. We are a majority cover band but have an original that was released to radio. We’ve played local venues, National venues and events like CMA Fest 2016.
Country Music Explosion:Are you in a band or a solo artist,if your in a band,what is the name of it
Laura Rice:I currently have two musical projects.I perform with a band called TypeCast. I also have a solo project that I am working on. I hope to have my EP recorded in November of this year. I am currently a Heart Song’s For Veteran’s Artist/Ambassador.
Country Music Explosion:How do you handle mistakes during a performance?
Laura Rice:It’s a mistake…everyone makes them.I just keep moving and if the environment is right even laugh at myself. I’m human…humans make mistakes.
Country Music Explosion:Do you get nervous before a performance or a competition?
Laura Rice:My daddy always said, “if you don’t get
at least a little nervous before a performance then you’ve lost your edge.” I never want to lose my edge.
Country Music Explosion:What advice would you give to beginners who are nervous?
Laura Rice:It’s okay to be nervous, but don’t let
it consume you. Even the greats get nervous.
Country Music Explosion:How often and for how long do you practice?
Laura Rice:I sing constantly…I guess that is considered
practice. The band, we get together once a week to learn new material. That practice usually lasts for about 3 hours.
Country Music Explosion:What do you practice – exercises, new tunes, hard tunes, etc.?
Laura Rice:I love learning new music…especially
originals. I enjoy working on difficult songs as well. Harmonies have never come easy to me so I take a special pride in mastering them.
Country Music Explosion:How do you balance your music with other obligations – friends,family, job?
Laura Rice:Ha! What a question!People ask me this all of the time.I am a full time Emergency Room Nurse,a wife and mother of three children.I work 12 hour shifts in the ER at a time.There are times that all of these mix together..imagine having a 12 hour shift on Friday,a show friday night and then an 8am peewee football game…oh and then a show saturday night and a 12 hour shift on Sunday. Sometimes my schedule gets CRAZY!I guess I balance it the best I can. If we have a show that my children can come to I bring them. I let them see the whole process…load
in,setup,sound check, ect.. At least one they get to share that experience with me and two they see the reality of the hard work that goes into working in music.
Country Music Explosion:are you currently looking to be signed to a label?
Laura Rice:I am! I am at a place with my music that I feel comfortable with the brand that I have created for myself. It’s about time that we have another woman in mainstream country music who is relatable to the other working moms out there. That’s where I fit in. Dreams aren’t meant to die when you turn
Country Music Explosion:can your music be purchased?
Laura Rice:My band TypeCast’s single “Blame It On the Fireball” can be purchased on itunes.
Country Music Explosion:Do you have social media accounts where fans can reach out to you?
Laura Rice:Yes Fans can find me at the following
Country Music Explosion:are you currently doing gigs?if so where?
Laura Rice:TypeCast is booked every weekend from now until 2017!I’m hoping to pick up more on my solo
project with developing new music
Country Music Explosion:When it comes to your music,Do you have one that You’re most proud of?If so what is the name of it?
Laura Rice:Hmmm…a song that I’m the most proud of. At this particular moment it would have to be a tie between “Not The Same” and “Country Music in Heaven”
Country Music Explosion:Which of your song’s do you feel most people can relate to?
Laura Rice:I believe each of my songs are unique in their subject matter so they all have different people who can relate to them. I’m actually really hoping that the song that I am currently working (“Dreams Don’t Die At 35″) on is going to relate to the most people.
Country Music Explosion:Can you tell us the story behind the songs mentioned above?
Laura Rice:”Not The Same” – is the song that I wrote for Heart Songs For Veterans. When I was asked to write a Veteran song the first thing I thought of was that there weren’t any songs about female veterans. At that time I was also meeting a lot of combat veterans suffering from PTSD. Somehow the fates brought all of this together when I read an article about a female Marine Veteran who committed suicide after losing her battle with PTSD. This is when I started researching and noticed the ratio of male to female suicides is outstanding. I knew this was my time to write a song that may be difficult for people to deal with but shines an important light on the problems our Veterans face after coming home from war.
“Country Music In Heaven” – My grandmother was the biggest country music fan I have ever known. From a small child I can remember her religiously watching the CMA’s and reading her Country Music Weekly. This past spring she was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. We knew it was fast moving and her fight would not be a long one. I traveled to Nashville to write, knowing that the song I was going to write was going to be for he and played at her funeral. As I was pulling up to my co-write’s house (Dan Hagen) I heard on the radio that country music lost the great Merle Haggard. So we decided to write a song honoring them both…along with several other country music greats that we have lost. It is a very surreal experience to write a song about someone dying who hasn’t yet done so. When we finished it and recorded the demo I sent it to my mom. My grandmother was in hospice and her days were growing short. My mom said she played it over and over for my grandma. Sadly my grandmother passed away while I was on my flight back to Virginia from Nashville.
“Dreams Don’t Die At 35” – This song isn’t finished yet, but it pretty much is becoming my anthem. I can’t tell too much, but you get what it’s about.
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