Called out by The Huffington Post as one of the top new country acts to watch and named after the town they grew up in, Temecula Road (comprised of sisters Emma and Maddie Salute, and longtime friend Dawson Anderson) are known for their trademark harmonies and their covers which have earned praise from Carrie Underwood, Dan + Shay, and Brett Eldredge. With already over 10 million streams, these days it’s their original music putting them on the map.
You grew up near each other in Temecula, California. What lead you to form the trio?
Funny enough, we actually met through a vocal coach! She introduced us when Dawson first started singing back in 2014. From there, we started playing shows together, hanging out, and writing. We knew we had something special, so after about a year we decided to take the leap and pursue music full time!
Covers. What song has been the most challenging to cover?
You got matching cross tattoos on your arms. If you were to get another matching tattoo, post quarantine, what would it be of?
Yes we did! And that’s a good question, we’d have to think more on it, but definitely something that has meaning to all of us!
Moving to Nashville. What is the best part of being Music City residents?
The best part about living in Nashville is being able to take advantage of the incredible opportunities there! Everyday you run into someone in the industry and there’s so many incredible artists, writers, players, and producers you can collaborate with!
Co-written by Dawson Anderson, Ian Christian, and Trannie Anderson. Produced by Andrew DeRoberts and Scott Johnson.
What is the back story to “Maybe Not”?
So “Maybe Not” is dedicated to all the over-thinkers out there. It paints the perfect image of what it’s like to have doubts about love, “maybe we’ll burn right out before we’ll ever glow” “maybe its just one night, one good try maybe here and now is all we got” but at the end of the chorus there’s a fun twist that says “maybe you’re gonna hate me — or maybe not”. You never know what could happen so let yourself be open to love ;)
On tour with Sara Evans for her Blue Christmas Tour. What was one take away moment from the tour?
The coolest thing for us would be every night when we got to sing “O Come All Ye Faithful” with her.
Following your Opry debut at The Ryman last November, what was it like to start 2020 off by performing on the Circle center stage at the Opry House?
Temecula Road - Grand Ole Opry
Comprised of sisters Emma (20, vocals/mandolin) and Maddie Salute (18, vocals), and long-time friend Dawson Anderson…
It was incredible! Since our debut was at the Ryman, we didn’t get to step in the circle.
So when we got to play at the Opry House, it was almost like we got to make two debuts!
The Grand Ole Opry hosted Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood for the 4,922nd consecutive Saturday night show. How important is it that the streak continues through the pandemic?
It’s extremely important. Dating back, even some of the worst events that have taken place in Nashville or the World haven’t stopped the show. It’s like a symbol of hope that things will be better soon. And it’s a great show so if you’re bored durning the quarantine, then tune in!
Co-written by Dawson Anderson, Kevin Bard and Mike Daly. Produced by Andrew DeRoberts and Scott Johnson.
A new acoustic release during the quarantine. “Fades” is the song you’ve said best represents your band. How important is it for a band to have a signature sound?
“Fades” was the first song we released that we had a hand in writing. It’s very important to us that we have a signature sound to differentiate us from other artists. “Fades” was a huge step up from the songs we had released the previous two years and it was different. So that song set the tone for our writing and sound.
Speaking of sounds, saw you feel that your songs sound better on the radio than on a CD. How does it differ from one to the other?
There’s just something special about hearing your song come through a radio! Even though it’s the same song you’re hearing, we grew up listening to the radio so there’s something magical about hearing it from there.
Co-written by Ben Goldsmith, Dawson Anderson, and Lindsay Rimes. Produced by Andrew DeRoberts.
Country music blends different genres into songs. What other genre(s) would you like to write for?
We listen to all types of genres too so we’d love to have cuts in pop, r&b and alternative too!
Artists play new songs on tour to get fan feedback. Since touring is currently on hold, how are you able to connect with fans for their input?
Since the touring industry is temporarily shut down, we connect with our fans through social media and our band phone number we give out! We’re playing lots of livestream shows and keeping convos with the fans!
Saw that Maddie’s favorite TV show is “Friends”. As we are all looking for shows to watch while at home, what other show would you recommend?
“ABCDEFGoodbye” What have you planned for more Tik Toks?
HAHA we’re going to continue doing covers for Tik Tok and have plans to do more silly voiceovers, and funny content around the house while in quarantine.
How else are you all passing the time while quarantined?
Lots of writing, reading, practicing, family time, and bingeing our favorite shows!
Best way for fans to stay connected with you besides texting to 615–205–4168?
Besides texting us, you can reach us through any social media platform (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Tik Tok, Snapchat etc.) all @Temecularoad!