It was great to hear so many talented female artists performing during my recent Nashville trip, many of whom were new to me.
One such “ discovery” hails from slightly nearer to the UK than all the rest, in fact Judy Blank is from The Netherlands! It was lucky that I managed to catch her on the last afternoon of my visit at ” Big Stage Mondays”, a weekly event presented by the wonderful Backstage Nashville team at 3rd And Lindsley, a show I highly recommend you check out if you get the chance!
Judy won me over immediately, I loved her engaging personality, distinctive and emotional vocals and great guitar playing. Then of course there was her writing, the few songs she played included her recent single “ Mary Jane” which as I’m sure you’ll guess isn’t about a girl! https://youtu.be/QgkSGLmt-po
It was the success of Judy’s debut album “ When The Storm Hits” released in 2014 when she was only in her late teens that led her to make several trips to the southern states of America shortly afterwards . She made an immediate impression playing small bars in Louisiana and became an in demand performer, with local radio exposure also helping to raise her profile. A trip to Nashville was the next logical step and inspired by the pure country and Americana she heard she spent her time there both co-writing and performing, including at the legendary Bluebird Cafe, before returning to Europe.
But it was back to music city not long afterwards to work on her sophomore album “ Morning Sun”, recorded at Nashville’s Southern Ground studios and produced by Chris Taylor ( who’s credits include the mixing on Miranda Lambert’s “ Weight of These Wings”) .
We will be interviewing Judy nearer the album release on 7th September but in the interim you can check out her website and find links to her socials here judyblank.com
Article written by Lesley Hastings (twitter.com/lesleyhastings)