Abby Lindsey is a singer/songwriter born and raised in the valley of the Ozark Mountains. She grew up singing in her church, pageants, ballgames, and hometown events. The Arkansas native was even an All-Region choir member in her high school, but nothing satisfied her hunger for more with music. She decided to pack up everything she could fit in her Jeep and head to Music City — and as Jo Dee Messina says, “Got a left foot down on my accelerator and the rear view mirror torn off ’Cause I ain’t never lookin’ back you can count on that” — and that’s exactly what Lindsey did.
Van Buren, Arkansas, is the home to the King Opera House located in the downtown historic area. Where else would you take a visitor to your home town?
Yes! I grew up performing there — downtown Van Buren is one of my favorite places. But, I would probably take them to Rudy Creek. Between the beautiful streams and magical sunsets, it’s definitely a crowd pleaser.
The list of country artists from Arkansas includes Johnny Cash, Glen Campbell, Tracy Lawrence, Conway Twitty, and Justin Moore. Which home state artists’ songs were your favorites to listen to growing up?
Deciding to pack up and move to Nashville. What were the greatest challenges you faced moving to Music City?
When I moved to Nashville, it was a very spontaneous thing. I applied for a nannying position one day and the next weekend I drove to town to meet them. They hired me the next day — and then I gave my two weeks notice at work, packed my Jeep, broke my apartment lease and moved in with this family I didn’t know at all within two weeks. A whirlwind to say the least. I also only knew about three people in town, other than my dog, and had about 50 bucks to my name. But, dang, I wouldn’t change any of it! Some of the best times of my life were navigating those uncertain waters, but the Lord opened all the doors so I couldn’t say no.
Using your quarantine time wisely. What has been the most unexpected, but best memory, looking back on the past few months?
As strenuous as it was, being able to really slow down and re-center my thoughts and goals while staying home all those months was very therapeutic. I’m a very social person…always on the go, so being forced to stay home was a nice change of pace. Not to mention, it did wonders for all my cleaning habits!
‘Not quitting your day job’ moment when you were out fishing in June. Besides exploring the deep sea, what other Nashville adventures did you go on this summer?
Other than our fishing expedition, I was able to go stay with my oldest sister after she brought my niece into the world. Family time is so important to me and being there in her first few days of life was so special.
‘A heart don’t forget something like that (burger)’. Best local restaurants in Music City?
Oh man….San Antonio Taco Co. has got to be one of my local favorites. Can’t go wrong with some loaded tacos and cheese dip!
Fresh from the garden. Any new vegetables recipes to share?
A classic caprese salad with homegrown tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and fragrant basil is my summer go-to. And as my Italian boyfriend would say, “don’t forget the olive oil & balsamic!”.
‘May we always celebrate & encourage each other in love and faith’. Best career advice from a fellow female artist?
I was really overthinking this whole “releasing music” thing because I had no idea what I was doing. I almost sat on the song for a little while longer and my friend said to me, “Yeah, it might not do anything crazy on a chart. Yeah, it probably won’t make a big playlist. But, you’ll never even think about seeing those things happen if people don’t have anything to fall in love with.” So here we are — we’re doing the dang thing with no regrets!
“…wish I knew what I know right now…”. Putting down your most personal feelings on paper. How did you choose “She Knew Better” as your debut single?
I was in a very vulnerable place when I wrote this song with my co-writers and the way it so organically fell out of our mouths, in like an hours time, was magic. That feeling after writing this song two years ago still hasn’t gone away, and I knew I had to share it with the world. Not to mention I feel like maybe at least a few people have had a “She Knew Better” moment in their life. Here’s to hoping so, at least!
Recording your final vocals last fall to now releasing your new music. How are you working within the pandemic restrictions, placed on the music industry, to promote the single to fans?
Social media is the biggest asset for sure! Between my artist Facebook page and blowing it up on Instagram, I’m hoping I’m annoying people enough to pre-save and get excited for the release haha! I’ve even tried my hand at Tik-Tok. Key word “tried”.
You played your first big artist show opening for Phil Vassar. Your first post-covid show will be at your dream venue with your dream lineup — where will you be playing and with whom?
Horseshoe Canyon Ranch in Arkansas. Where would you be riding if you were to plan a fall day trip getaway in Nashville?