Lisa Bouchelle is touring with John Popper & Don Felder from the Eagles to support latest single “If You Could Read My Mind.”
Singer-songwriter and host of hit TV show “Rock Star Kitchen” Lisa Bouchelle is out on the road this Fall and will be performing with such artists as John Popper and Don Felder from The Eagles.
During these much-anticipated shows, Bouchelle will play a selection of songs from her repertoire including her latest release “If You Could Read My Mind,” which is the second single off of her successful EP Lipstick Tomboy which has enjoyed over 2 million streams on Spotify alone.
Described as a “dreamier version of the original”, the track has quickly resonated with fans thanks to its evocative juxtaposition of ethereal vocals layered over the twang of her acoustic guitar, with pedal steel added by Jeremy Steel (Emmy Lou Harris, Buddy Miller). The track was co-produced by Jeff Trott, Sheryl Crow’s producer and co-writer of many of her biggest hits. In fact, released just this summer, it has garnered air play on influential Triple A radio stations (including WXPN in Philadelphia and KCSN in Los Angeles) and select country stations.
Bouchelle spent the Summer on the road supporting the release of the single, touring with Shooter Jennings and surf rocker Donavon Frankenreiter. She has also performed with such esteemed artists as Blues Traveler, Train, Jason Mraz and many others.
The shows with Popper aren’t the first time Bouchelle has performed with the A-list artist. In fact, Popper recorded a song with Bouchelle for the EP’s debut single “Only The Tequila Talkin’.” a duet which currently has over 100,000 views on YouTube.
IndiePulse Music had a unique opportunity to speak with Lisa about the new music and about her career.
IPM: Lisa, How did you get started in Music?
I decided I wanted to be a professional singer/entertainer when I was four years-old. I was entered in a talent contest at a campground where my family was vacationing. My grandmother made me a red, white and blue patriotic outfit and I sang “America The Beautiful.” Because I was so much younger and smaller than the other kids in the contest, they put me up on a picnic table as my ‘stage’ when I sang. When I finished the song, all the people cheered and my family looked so happy. I won the contest. It was a good feeling to bring joy to people through my performance.
Singing became something I would do every chance I got, because although my parents loved me, the only time they would stop their constant arguing was when “little Lisa” sang. After losing my father to complications from a heart operation, and my mother to alcoholism, I still find refuge in music.
Since that day on the picnic table a lot has happened, of course. I learned to play guitar and started writing songs when I was 14. I started a band and also performed solo in coffeehouses, and some bars, until I found my management team. We all worked together and that definitely got me to the next level. I started doing backup
vocals for some big names, and touring as an opening act with my original band for big acts in arenas and showcase venues. I started a TV show called Rock Star Kitchen which features cooking and jamming with famous musical artists. So I started as a kid and never stopped. It is a building process and has been a great career for me. I look forward to more adventures in the music industry!
IPM: Who were some of your inspirations growing up and have ever had the chance to met with them now during your career?
I really liked the classic rock and folk artists my mom listened to when I was growing up. I also would sometimes sing along with Bon Jovi on the radio, and think our voices blended nicely and wanted to someday sing a duet with him. That did happen, as I sang “Who Says You Can’t Go Home” live with Jon on stage, and it was a great moment for me. I also am influenced by classic country artists like Merle Haggard and Waylon Jennings. I got to do some tour dates with his son, Shooter Jennings, recently, so it was fun to talk with him about his father.
IPM: So, tell us about the album “Lipstick Tomboy” how did you come up with the title?
The title Lipstick Tomboy comes from the lyrics in the bridge of my song “Whole Lotta Highway.” “Whole Lotta Highway” is the title track to recent my ‘Fan Club Only’ CD release. I wrote the song “‘Whole Lotta Highway” about my experiences on very first tour, opening for Blues Traveler. The bridge lyrics are “Tough granddaughter of a Marine, mixed-up lipstick tomboy hitting the scene.” On tour I’m half athlete, with all the driving, carrying equipment, etc., and half glamourous performer. I have to be both to get the task done well. “Lipstick Tomboy” is how I’d describe myself. I think a lot of woman have multiple roles to make the magic happen in their lives. I’m sure they can relate.
IPM: Your Track “If You Could Read My Mind”, a stunningly beautiful rendition of the epic musical composition by Gordon Lightfoot is amazing. I am sure you have been asked a million questions about it, but we would like to know, what was your reason for doing it, and the emotion in your rendition is breathtaking, how did you approach this creation?
Thank you very much! I heard the song on my way home, late one night, on the radio and I remembered hearing it before. That night while driving it was dark and quiet, and I really focused in on the melody and lyrics of this beautiful Gordon Lightfoot song. The verses about a ghost trapped in a wishing well, and paperback romance novels and love stories that do and don’t come true in the real world. I pictured recording the song slower and dreamier, with pedal steel guitar and rich syrupy vocals. It is such a well written song. I love performing it live, and also enjoyed making the music video for it very much.
IPM: About the upcoming tour dates with legendary Eagles members, who are some of the other performers you will be performing with?
Besides Don Felder, who was an original member of the Eagles and the writer of the music for “Hotel California,” I have dates with Steve Forbert, a great singer/songwriter who had a Top Ten hit with “Romeo’s Tune,” and I just did a date with John Popper from Blues Traveler, which was fun because we got to sing together on our duet, “Only The Tequila Talkin,” which is close to 150,000 views on YouTube. There’s more dates in the works, but I’m not sure who they’ll be with.
IPM: Can we find out where the Tour stops are, so our readers can attend and where can they get tickets?
Here’s the upcoming theater dates:
- 10/18/18 Blue Ocean Music Hall, Salisbury Beach, MA with Don Felder
- 10/19/18 St. George Theater, 35 Hyatt St, Staten Island, NY with Don Felder
- 10/20/18 State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ with Don Felder
- 10/21/18 The Patchogue Theater, Patchogue, NY with Don Felder
- 10/27/18 JCC of Central New Jersey, Scotch Plains, NJ with Steve Forbert
There are also a number of local dates in my home state of New Jersey, and you can find them all, as well as ticket links, at lisaboucelle.com. If you “Like” my Facebook page, at Facebook.com/lisabouchelle, you’ll get updates on my upcoming shows, as well as pictures, videos, and all kinds of stuff from the shows.
IPM: What’s next for you in the way of Music, Television or any other events you may wish to share?
There will be more touring in the new year, some solo acoustic and some with my band, as well as new music that I’m in the process of recording. My management has been working on syndication for the TV show, so that’s something we’re hoping to make a big announcement on soon as well. Stay tuned!
IndiePulse Music will be following Lisa Bouchelle and her career in music and adventures on the road, that studio and the stages of America, we encourage you to do the same. This witty, charismatic and simply beautiful person may well grace a stage near you.
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