11 QUESTIONS TO A NASHVILLE MUSICIAN: LUISA LOPEZ
Nashville indie singer-songwriter artist Luisa Lopez produced, recorded and played all the instruments on her sophomore album “45” which she releases on May 31. You can hear buy her latest single from the upcoming record “Nothing Left” right now.
The title “45” is a nod to her age, our President and those small round pieces of vinyl through which Luisa got her musical education. Luisa is a multi-talented musician who blends a classic soulful Southern style with some modern Electronica into original music with lyrics that she refers to as “social commentary.” The current single was inspired by an interview she heard with renowned author Ta-Nehisi Coates about a police brutality incident.
She said about the new record, “What I really want audiences to do is to find themselves in these songs, and I think that people can.”
Come see Luisa celebrate the new album at The Basement on Sunday, 6/2. It’s an early show at 6pm, so don’t be late! Thanks LL for working the 11 Questions.
Where are you from originally, when did you move to Nashville and why?
I saw my first stars in Cincinnati, OH, but I’m from Houston, TX. I moved to Nashville in 1997 because I was a songwriter…pop, soul, country, and rock and roll.
What are the first and the last records you bought, and where did you buy them? Were they CD, vinyl or digital?
The first album was bought for me and it was Foreigner 4. The first record I bought with my own money was a 45 of The Police’s “Don’t Stand So Close to Me.” Both came from Sound Warehouse. The last record I bought was Prince’s Piano & a Microphone 1983 at The Groove Nashville. All of it was vinyl.
First and last live concerts that you’ve seen?
First live concert was outdoors in Houston, and it was New Edition. The last concert I saw was Brandi Carlile at the Ryman.
Whose star should be added to the Music City Walk of Fame?
Where do you go in Nashville for coffee and pizza?
I go to Crema, and I love Five Points Pizza.
What’s your favorite record to ever come out of Nashville?
This smells like a trap, and there are really too many to mention but I really love Josh Rouse’s 1972. It makes me feel pretty good still.
Where’s the best place to eat late night after a show?
The Bluebird calls and asks you to host an “In the Round.” Pick three local songwriters to join you.
Marcus Hummon, Michael Kelsh and Angela Kaset
What are your favorite music venues to play in town?
The Basement, & 3rd and Lindsley
Name a musician who you’d like to see move here?
Lianne La Havas
Finally, what’s in your musical future?
Future is touring my current album 45, developing and directing music videos for myself and others, and recording the next set of songs for the next album.