M Street Introductions: Amy Estrada
Where are you from?
I was born and raised on a farm in Atascadero, California.
What brought you to Nashville?
I wanted to take the next step in my career, so I moved here in 2012. I knew that moving to Nashville was best to further my writing.
What inspired you to start singing?
My mom taught me how to sing. She used to sing to me and play all types of music for me, especially Country music. I grew up singing and have been singing my entire life.
Do you play any instruments?
I taught myself how to play the guitar at 18. I also dabble in the mandolin, ever since my mom bought me one a couple years ago. I definitely want to get better at it because mandolin is on my record.
Tell us about your new album you just recorded.
In March, I recorded my first major project Wildflowers and Whiskey at RCA Studio A. RCA Studio A is a historic and famous studio. Dolly Parton recorded one of my all-time favorite songs there, “Jolene”. Willie Nelson and Elvis have also recorded there. Most recently, some of my greatest influences Kacey Musgraves, Miranda Lambert, and Chris Stapleton recorded their albums in Studio A.
Wildflowers and Whiskey is such a special project to me because it consists of songs that I have been working on for the past four and a half years living in Nashville. I actually wanted to record my album last year, but it did not work out. I am convinced it is because one of the songs, “Maybe It’s the Moonshine”, was not written yet. Recording my album has been such an incredible journey with friends who helped to collaborate throughout the process.
Who inspires you musically?
I have all kinds of influences. Some that come to mind are Dolly Parton, Alison Kraus, Kacey Musgraves, Chris Stapleton, and Miranda Lambert. Also, I love the truth behind Merle Haggard’s writing. I am a very lyrically-driven person, so my influences mainly speak to me because of their writing.
What is your favorite song on your album?
Ah! That is so hard. They are all like my babies. I would have to say either “Maybe It’s the Moonshine” or “Wildflowers and Whiskey”. I mean, “Wildflowers and Whiskey” is the title song and it is so important to the album. I have held onto the hook and the idea around that song for so long. When I finally co-wrote it with two of my dear friends, it came together beautifully. “Maybe It’s the Moonshine” is the perfect summer song.
What is your favorite song of all time?
Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” because of the depth and heartache behind it. There is so much emotion evoked from that song. “Holding onto You” by Miranda Lambert is also one of my favorites. It is so vulnerable, open, and honest.
What is your favorite genre?
Country. That is what I grew up listening to. It resonates with me because I am a very lyrically-drawn person, and country lyrics are so open and truthful. Also, I love the instrumentation that goes along with country like the dobro, steel guitar, and mandolin.
It is interesting because my singing style is not just Country, just Americana, or just Bluegrass. When people ask me what my style is, I answer with Country-Americana.
What is your favorite M Street memory?
I have been with Tavern for almost 2 years, so there are tons of great memories. Probably the one that is most dear to me is when a guest from out of town helped contribute to funding my record. Every day at Tavern, I meet people that are truly intrigued with my passion for music. I have met some wonderful people through M Street and it is definitely the culture and atmosphere here that cultivates these conversations. Of all the people I have met, so many have helped support my dream, whether it be contributing to my music in monetary ways, sharing my music on Facebook, or buying a CD.
What is your favorite Tavern cocktail?
My favorite drink is the Smoke and Sage.
What is your favorite Tavern meal?
The Singapore Stir-fry during brunch.
Do you have any exciting musical events coming up?
Yes! I will be performing at Belle Meade Plantation winery on September 17th. This is my first performance there since the release of my album. Toward the end of this month, I will be holding an EP release show in Nashville. The date is not set yet, but you can follow me on Facebook to find out the exact date once I have picked one.
I would absolutely love to be featured on a local radio station. It would be so cool to hear my music somewhere like the Bobby Bones show.
What do you do during your free-time other than singing/songwriting?
In addition to all aspects of music (singing, writing, playing), I collect antiques. I have a very cute one bedroom apartment that is full of antiques. My family has a lavender farm in California, and my apartment is modeled after that vintage, industrial, farmhouse vibe. I have a small vintage camera collection that I am building on. I am constantly antiquing, going to yard sales, and finding things to refurbish and reuse. I have a lot of fun doing that here.
Amy’s passion for both music and the M Street culture is remarkable. Her talent extends beyond the walls of Tavern, and watching her future unfold here in Nashville is extremely exciting. To listen to Amy’s music over and over again, visit iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music, or Pandora Radio. You can now create an “Amy Estrada” station on Pandora. For all updates on Amy’s musical journey visit her website at amyestradamusic.com.