We’ve got an unique Q&A with the Nashville-based modern nation artist from California.
For individuals who aren’t accustomed to her, Casey Ahern is a rustic singer-songwriter born and raised in Southern California. She grew up singing round the home to Glen Campbell and Joni Mitchell and a variety of different ’70s music that her dad listened to.
At 16, she put collectively a band and began enjoying stay reveals all through the Los Angeles space. After ending highschool at 16, she moved on a whim to check for a semester at Berklee School of Music in Boston at 17 after which moved to Nashville at 18.
She’s been forwards and backwards between Music Metropolis and California ever since.
“I’m born and raised within the Thousand Oaks, California space, a city simply north of Los Angeles. After I was rising up there, a variety of my friends weren’t as large on nation music as they’re now,” Ahern says. “I keep in mind exhibiting up each day to center college sporting cowboy boots, so I assume it is sensible that I ended up shifting to Nashville, and that’s the place I’m half time now.”
Splitting her time between Nashville and California may sound exhausting, however for the 21-year-old singer, it comes with the territory — and it’s all materials.
“I’m continually on the go and a variety of my life in addition to lyrics in my songs showcase that,” Ahern says.
She’s a musician and each a licensed pilot and yoga teacher. Even with all that happening, Ahern says she’s very grounded.
“I delight myself on having a robust sense of who I’m as an individual and a robust ethical compass that at all times leads me the place I really feel I must be.”
On the eve of her August 7 launch of the tune “Didn’t Even Get a Goodbye,” we talked to Ahern about her new music mission and obtained her picks for a Really feel Good Playlist.
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Cowboys & Indians: Inform us in regards to the new music. What impressed it and the way did it come collectively?
Casey Ahern: “Didn’t Even Get a Goodbye” is a single off of my forthcoming EP entitled The place I Run, which we plan to launch in early 2021. I had the chance to document it at Sound Emporium Studios in Nashville with some amazingly gifted musicians and producers Nathan Meckel and Mark Niemiec. I’m on the sting of my seat for the EP to launch! All of the songs on it have private meanings to me, and it actually showcases numerous points of not solely who I’m as an artist and songwriter, however as an individual as effectively.
“Didn’t Even Get a Goodbye” happened once I noticed a newspaper on my kitchen counter with an image of my 18-year-old neighbor on the entrance web page. I had recognized him since he was born, and now right here he was leaving our hometown in an Military uniform. I keep in mind exclaiming to my mother throughout the room that I had no concept and, “I didn’t even get to say goodbye!” So once I sat down to put in writing the tune, I began to reminisce again to different conditions in my life once I wasn’t afforded the chance to say goodbye.
C&I: Do you’ve a favourite second within the tune?
Ahern: I are likely to concentrate on lyrics when choosing favourite elements of songs and each story in “Didn’t Even Get a Goodbye” is extraordinarily private to me, so it’s robust to decide on! I’d must say, although, proper now, my favourite half is the final refrain when it begins quietly then explodes on “kiss that’s so excessive.” That’s the half that’s been hitting the toughest for me these days as a result of it comes after the three totally different conditions. So, at that time, they’ve had time to marinate and that is the final time they’re all tied up within the refrain. It’s simply a variety of emotion wrapped up into that second of the tune, and it’s been making me cry each time.
I used to hate goodbyes. Nonetheless, I’ve realized that these unhappy, emotional, actually robust emotions are since you care about that particular person a complete heck of so much. Despite the fact that it’s laborious, the possibility to say goodbye is a present. And from my private expertise, it’s even more durable when you’ve moments that you just look again on and notice you “didn’t even get a goodbye.”
C&I: What do you hope listeners will get from it?
Ahern: To me, “Didn’t Even Get a Goodbye” is a compilation of private moments in my life the place I wasn’t given the possibility to say goodbye to somebody I cared about. So what I actually hope listeners take away from this tune isn’t hesitate to inform somebody how you’re feeling about them. And belief me, that is one thing I’m nonetheless studying to do! Life and plans can change within the blink of an eye fixed, and also you by no means know when it is perhaps the final time you get the possibility to.
C&I: What have you ever been doing throughout lockdown?
Ahern: I’m the kind of one who likes to be busy, so it’s positively been considerably of a battle educating my thoughts to simply sort of loosen up through the lockdown. I’ve my pilot’s license, and, fortunately, I’ve been capable of go up and fly so much since I’ve the hours within the day to take action now. Flying actually permits me to go away any issues on the bottom and clear my thoughts whereas I’m up within the air, which has been a blessing mentally throughout all of this.
I’ve been spending a variety of my time writing. Nonetheless, I’ve additionally spent a variety of it kind of simply taking time to myself. Probably not feeling the necessity to sustain every day with social media or contacting stay venues to play at (since we sadly can’t actually do this proper now). It’s allowed me to stay life each day and achieve these experiences and emotions which have developed into tune concepts.
C&I: Usually talking, what evokes you? How do you “refill the effectively” of creativity?
Ahern: What retains me impressed and doing what I do is the hope that I could make a distinction in somebody’s life. I stand firmly by my morals, and, when writing, that’s one thing I attempt to embody in every of my songs. So if even only one particular person hears certainly one of my songs and it impacts them, helps them, permits them to see one thing in another way, they usually dangle on to that feeling and go it on to another person, then I’ve completed what I got down to do. That’s what retains me impressed — when my songs positively have an effect on another person’s life. And once I have to “refill the effectively,” once I really feel like I’m in a rut, I discover methods to remind myself of these causes.
Casey Ahern’s Really feel Good Playlist
“Suitcase” – Steve Moakler
“No matter It Is” — Zac Brown Band
“Sunday Driver” — Casey Ahern
Since releasing this tune, I’ve had a number of folks come up and inform me that at any time when they’re in a foul temper, they placed on “Sunday Driver” and it turns their day round by cheering them up! So now, at any time when I put it on, it not solely makes me extremely pleased with the discharge itself, however brings me a lot pleasure simply eager about the folks listening and the brightness it brings to their day!
“Get Alongside” — Kenny Chesney
“Beer Can in a Truck Mattress” — Outdated Dominion
“Ticket to L.A.” — Brett Younger
I’m from simply outdoors of Los Angeles, so this one hits house. I’ve lived in numerous locations (Boston, Nashville) and there was completely nothing like the sensation of descending down from the sky on an airplane and seeing the town lights of L.A. after being gone for lengthy durations of time. Each time I hear this tune, it places me in that heat, grateful place of feeling like I’m coming house.
“American Heartbreaker” — Jimmie Allen
“Life in Your Days” — Jordan Brooker
“Wild as You” — Cody Johnson
Each time I’m feeling trapped, I placed on this one, and it jogs my memory of who I’m. I’ve at all times thought-about myself a free spirit, as clichéd as that sounds, ha ha, however I hate to be in a single place for too lengthy — whether or not bodily and even mentally. So I flip it up, go for a drive and it makes me really feel as if my toes aren’t connected to the concrete, however as a substitute on a wing.
“I Know the Method” — Runaway June
“In Love by Now” — Riley Inexperienced
“Break Away” — Rascal Flatts
We’ve got a ranch in Central California and my household would at all times activate “Break Away” after we’d drive up there. It jogs my memory of getting out of the rat race within the metropolis and, effectively, breaking away to the ranch, the place I’ve room to run and unwind.
Images: Pictures courtesy Vince Trupsin, Irina Logra, Alyssa Barker, Kirsten Balani
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