Happy Monday!

This week's interview is the Country Rock trio called Campbell Station made up of Campbell, Elaina and Seth from are based in Nashville.

So, hello Campbell Station, thank you so much for agreeing to do this interview with me.​​

​​Firstly, I would like you to introduce yourselves to our readers?​​
Campbell Steger - vocals - I’m a Tennessee gal who has a goldendoodle named Tina Fey! I also have a Master’s Degree in Spanish Education, and I do private and group lessons in Spanish. Spanish and Music are my 2 greatest passions.
Seth Ferguson - guitar, bass, drums - I grew up in the TN/GA area of the country and have always had a love for music and books. Self taught on listening to the Beatles, Willie, and anything that came on the classic rock stations, I finally feel at home creating music with two of my best friends. I also have a cat named Tobias Funke.
Elaina Campbell Conner - vocals - I’m a bubbly Georgia native who has always loved harmonizing and antiquing. I’ve been married almost 5 years, I also work in music publishing, and I have a German Shepherd named Bo.
How old were you were you decided to start writing your own songs? And when did you write and perform your first song?​​
Campbell: I wrote my first song in 7th grade. It was about a pretty girl who kept stealing all the boys I had a crush on and was titled: “Leave Some Boys for the Rest of Us”. Ha! I’ve improved my songwriting skills a little since then.​​
Seth: I think I was around 14 when I wrote my first song. I wish I could tell you it was something profound, but it was part of a comedy album my friend and I decided to make. We had just learned to how to play enough chords to make coherent songs, but sadly titles such as “Muffin Man 2.0” and “Hot Aliens” will forever be lost to not saving files properly.
Elaina :I can remember writing songs when I was 9 or 10, but I used to be super shy (horrible stage fright) so didn’t really start singing my own songs until college. I really didn’t come out of my shell until after college when we (Campbell Station) started playing together. I have my bandmates to thank for lots of encouragement and inspiration!
Where did you first perform any of yours songs and how old were you?​​
Campbell: I’ve been performing my own songs since I was about 13. I was singing on stage way before then, though. I was born for the stage! :)
Seth: The first time I got to really perform any original songs was around the age of 16 with a band I had in high school. We would get a few other bands together and rent out the old high school that nobody used and we’d put on these “punk” rock shows. It was the first taste I had of having people come hear your original music and genuinely have a good time. Once high school ended, I started to mellow out back into the country world and really get into how great the storytelling is within the genre.
Elaina: I don’t think I really performed an original song out in public until Seth’s old band Clouds Over Canyons had a hometown show, and Seth invited me up to sing a song! Shameless plug:
I think I was 20?? Seth please correct me if I’m wrong haha (we’ve been friends for a loooong time). Yep, I used to be SUPER SHY. I sang the same song out at a benefit show at a bar in Chattanooga once too, but I was still 19 or 20 I think… Late bloomer ha.

What is your favourite country song and who is your favourite country artist (can be more than one)?​​
Campbell: I think “The House That Built Me” by Miranda Lambert is one of the greatest songs of all time. I have to second Maren Morris as well, she’s the real deal.
Seth: My favorite country song is “Pancho and Lefty” by Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard. It’s one of those songs I never get tired of hearing, and that guitar solo is one of the most beautiful set of notes ever played. Right now I’m really digging Tyler Childers and would already put him as an all time favorite along with Vern Gosdin, Little Big Town, and Dolly Parton.
Elaina: The first country song I really loved is “Where Would You Be” by Martina McBride. It spoke to me ha! I also grew up listening to Shania. Currently I love Caitlyn Smith (“Before You Called Me Baby”) and Maren Morris (“Once”)!​​
What is the most inspirational song you have heard?​​
Campbell: ooh, those are good ones, Elaina! Any song by Lauren Daigle inspires me. Her songs are genuine and passionate.
Seth: For me, “God Only Knows” by the Beach Boys inspires me the most. It was written about Brian Wilson’s love for music and how he would be lost without it. It’s something I can always relate to and it never fails to amaze me every time I hear it.
Elaina: A couple of songs that have inspired me through life: “Hallelujah” by Paramore, “When You Come Back Down” by Nickel Creek

Now to talk about your music and plans for 2019

4 EPs - North, South, East, West
We’ve written a lot of songs that we’re excited to put out. We wanted to tie groups of them together, so each EP will have a similar sound/vibe, but the overall theme is trying to find yourself and where you belong, and all the experiences you can have on your way to finding home.
Our goal with touring is to book even bigger shows and open for some cool bands. We always like to use touring as a way to visit new places too. We’re best friends so we like to do at least one big trip a year to a place we’ve never been. It’s fun to have those experiences together.

So 2018, was the year you started getting yourselves out there (from what I’ve even) what was that like?
It’s been really cool and refreshing to get more opportunities as we grow as a band. It can be easy to forget how far we’ve come, then every so often we’ll see something (like streaming stats) that shows more people want to listen to our music, and it’s really encouraging. We’ve also been co-writing more, and I think the more we write and play, the more we learn. We want to write and play and release music we love, and we want to have fun while doing it, so it’s awesome to see the response to that.

In March 2018, you released your first single of the year in Sweet Tea - how was that for you? What was the writing and recording process like for the song?

Campbell: Our friend Chris Housman had the idea for this summery, catchy chorus that we loved as soon as we heard it. When we were writing, we wanted to think of people and activities in life that help you relax and enjoy yourself in the summertime - like spending some easy, quality time with someone you love. We did want to write a summer jam.

Elaina: It’s a little nostalgic too and reminds me of growing up in Georgia. We recorded with Robbie Artress and our friend Kyle Crownover helped produce (check out Crownover on Spotify). It was a lot of fun. It’s a fun song! We’d played it a lot out so I think we all had ideas about what we wanted to do in the studio.
Seth: Working with Robbie is always magical because I get the freedom to really explore different sounds on guitars, bass, and drums. We were able to get this one done fairly quick because of all the times we had been playing it out live. We love adding ear candy too, so be sure to listen to all the background vocals and instrumentation!
It was really exciting to get to hear it on the radio. We released it to radio ourselves so it felt really good that all these stations wanted to talk to us and wanted to play it.
Elaina: Campbell and Seth worked so hard to spread the word to radio and they are amazing woo!

I have to admit I love this song.

In June 2018, you released your next single Leave My Records what was that like to release? What was the response like to the song?

We were excited to put out a soulful, sassy tune. We wrote this one with our friend Julie Downs and we hadn’t released a song like it before. Seth came up with some really groovy music and put it all together with our producer Robbie Artress. It was a lot of fun to record because we really get to belt it on the vocals, and Seth got to expand on giving us a different sound. It was a therapeutic one too because it’s something a lot of people end up going through. The response to this was amazing because we got to release this in our hometown area at a venue we’ve dreamed of playing at since it opened (Songbirds Guitar Museum)! Seeing familiar faces and new ones come together to hear your music is an amazing experience, and we always hope the crowd feels the same way!
​​So, does that mean that you are planning on releasing music this year? If so, when do you plan on releasing?
Yes! Keep on checking our social media! We plan to start the first wave of songs in March!​​
And not being from the UK, I have to ask could we expect to see you over here one day?​​
​​Yes, please! That would be a dream come true.
Thank you so much for your time, Campbell Station.
Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to talk with you! :)

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Thank you for reading.
Kellie x