Though she's a few years removed from high school, take one look at Stoney Creek recording artist Lindsay Ell, and you might automatically assume that with her infectious personality and stunning looks, she would have been homecoming queen material. Alas, Ell tells Billboard there's another side to her.
"I'm a little bit of a guitar nerd," she confesses with a smile. "I will totally endorse the title. I started playing piano first, when I was six years old. Then, when I was eight, I started on the guitar. My dad played, and I thought it was cooler to play Shania Twain on the guitar instead of classical concerto. I'm so thankful for starting on piano now, but the guitar became another limb off my body. I just loved it, everything about it. I had no social life growing up. I would just sit in my room and play all day."
As she worked to develop her talent, she met someone who inspired her even further instrumentally. "When I was thirteen, I met up with a guy named Randy Bachman, who was from Bachman-Turner Overdrive, and The Guess Who. We'd have these writing sessions together, and he would play all these crazy jazz chords up and down the neck. I would just sit there, and say 'What is that? That is so cool!' He was the one who turned me on to Clapton and Hendrix, all these guitar players that I had never heard of before. From that point on, I definitely started exploring a lot of different worlds, and as a guitar player, there was a completely different vocabulary from which to pull from. But, as a songwriter too, I learned to connect to different audiences. Ultimately, I'm a country girl at heart, and moving to Nashville made that sink in so much more. There's nothing like writing a country song, but I just add the rock or blues lick in between."