Growing up in Essex may seem a tad far from the country twangs of Nashville, but setting her heart on the US city has only spurred artist Mabes on to become her best self. Her new single “Fairground” is an effortless Americana-hued track that captures Mabes’ delicate songwriting and relatable lyricism. We caught up with Mabes to talk about all things country.
Hi Mabes, thanks for chatting to us! How’s your summer been?
It’s been a wicked summer, getting back out there gigging has given me life again!
Your Americana-tinged sounds are so dreamy. What is it about that genre that inspires you most?
The honesty and the beautiful melodies.
Your song writing is very personal and relatable for many. It is therapeutic to write from such a personal space?
It is absolutely the best form of therapy for me. Sometimes I’m not even sure how I’m feeling until I can say it in a lyric.
Nashville has been a huge part of your life – even though you’re from Essex – tell us more about finally having the opportunity to perform there.
It was incredible! There is a different energy there, a buzz in the air. Everyone’s first language is music. The place is electric.
With such a country heart, what’s one rule you live your life by?
There’s a song by the Rascal Flatts called “Bless the Broken Road” which is about learning to accept the lows and the rocky ride in life, as well every thing is as it’s meant to be.
What artists were you listening to when you were younger?
Laura Marling has always been a massive influence. I’m a big John Mayer fan girl too, he can do no wrong. But I was also brought up on the Spice Girls and Britney, I think that’s where my poppy influence comes from.
What’s your dream collaboration?
Billy Joel – what a writer he is!
What’s on the horizon for you next? An album? A tour?
I’m off on tour this week! Supporting Little Comets, I’m buzzing! I have a few more songs to come before the years out, and a headline show in London in October. All of a sudden I’m feeling like myself again.
Thanks for talking to us!
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