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A Dirty Dozen with VICTORIA BAILEY – September 2020

| 18 September 2020 | Reply


According to a recent press release: “Huntington Beach, CA-based classic country singer-songwriter Victoria Bailey is set to release her new album, Jesus, Red Wine & Patsy Cline, on September 18, 2020, via Rock Ridge Music. Grounding Bailey’s timeless country music palette is her crystalline voice; an inviting warm tone with the occasional flutter that transports you back in time to a classic honky tonk, one where Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris were all in heavy rotation.” We get Victoria to discuss new music, influences, and much more…

Photo Credit: Amanda Canton

1. Tell us a little about your latest release.  What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through?  Are there any hidden nuggets you put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

My album, Jesus, Red Wine & Patsy Cline, comes out on September 18th. I can tell you some hidden nuggets about one of the singles from the album called “Skid Row.” It is my ode to the country music legends that came out of Bakersfield, CA, known as “The Bakersfield Sound,” and Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, Dwight Yoakam are just a few! This song is important to me because it ultimately represents me being a country artist in Southern California. My favorite hidden gem (and you are the first to hear!!) is that there is a line in the song: “I might be from the West, and I still can tack a horse, and I’ll ride her down Sunset Blvd.” We added a horse sound to that line, that we pulled out of an old Mickey Mouse cartoon, ha ha! It’s super subtle, so you have to listen closely.

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

I grew up around so much music in my home. My dad is a drummer, so we’d have full-on rock show rehearsals in our garage every weekend. He always had incredible female leading vocals in his band, and he was constantly showing me the best rock/alternative bands. My mom, on the other hand, always had folk records playing at her home. I think the combo of the two really play a part in my music. When I was 12, I started taking guitar lessons and writing songs, very much inspired by Avril Lavigne at the time, ha ha! I never thought of it as something that could be a career for me until much later in life, when I started playing live and fell in love with it on a whole other level.

3. Building on that, is there a specific song, album, performer, or live show that guided your musical taste?

Sheryl Crow is a big one for me. My dad and I would listen to her albums every weekend as we drove out to the desert (where he lived at the time). These are some of my earliest memories, and her songs are engraved in me forever.

4. Who would be your main five musical influences?

Ahh, so tough to name five… because I feel like I have five in each genre, ha ha. But, my influences on my music now would have to be: Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris.

5. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be, and why?

Brandi Carlile, 100%. This woman is a genius. In my opinion, she is the most important female songwriter of our generation, and she has produced and worked on some of my favorite records of all time.

6. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before? What is the one comparison a reviewer or fan has made that made you cringe or you disagreed with?

My answer is usually California country/Americana. Hmm, I can’t think of a specific cringe moment, but I have had a lot of people request outrageous songs at restaurants and parties I’ve played at ha ha… one of them being, “Do you know any Drake songs?”

7. When your band is hanging out together, who cooks, who gets the drinks in, and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

I am 100% band mom. My boyfriend, Eric (who plays guitar in my band), is also a great band dad. We fight over who makes the best sandwiches when we have studio days for our band. We both also love jams and singalongs with our friends for sure!

8. When was the last time you were starstruck and who was it?

Eric’s mom, Heidi, and I literally RAN into Bob Saget at The Comedy Store. We were lost and walked through the kitchen by accident, and he was right outside the door taking a photo with someone. At first we didn’t even know it was him and thought he was just in our way, until Eric called us out and told us we ran into none other than Danny Tanner! Ha ha!

9. What is the best part of being a musician? If you could no longer be a musician for whatever reason, what would be your dream job?

Getting to meet people all over the world and sing them stories from my heart is such a surreal, vulnerable, WILD thing. I feel so lucky to be able to do what I love and to play music for people in all different capacities. I host a kids music club called Little Folk Club, and they will always be my favorite audience. If I wasn’t playing music professionally, I would definitely be a kindergarten teacher.

10. What is one question you have always wanted an interviewer to ask – and what is the answer? Conversely, what question are you tired of answering?

I love riding horses and I get so excited when people have found that out before interviewing me, because I could talk about them all day! Currently, my least favorite question is what have you been doing during quarantine. I think a lot of us are on the same page of major relaxing/TOO MUCH Netflix time, since we can’t be out performing/touring right now. But it’s honestly been a really rejuvenating, healing time from busy life, too, and I’m thankful we’re all healthy here at home.

11. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over,” even if it didn’t change your current situation?

Over the years I’ve played a lot of three-/four-hour shows, usually in restaurants or places where I was more of a fly on the wall, background noise. These gigs became really tough on me emotionally, and draining. I know now that those gigs only made me better and gave me hours and hours of practice that I’m so grateful for. I think this step is so essential to becoming a good performer, and you’ll meet a lot of great people in the mix of this experience of “paying your dues.”

12. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

Oh, easy. It’s actually a record that was recorded live from a concert called The Last Waltz with The Band. This was their final performance and all of my heroes were special guest performances that night: Joni Mitchell, Emmylou Harris, Neil Young, etc. What a dream!





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