One of the first local shows I got out to after a bit of a hiatus was the Grotto’s birthday party a few months back. You might remember me posting pictures of Vodeo, Mountain Kid, and the Hanna Barbarians. However, opening that show, was the band, Hightower. I didn’t quite make it in time to catch most of their set (Asa took a hot minute to go down), but Lindsay’s voice made an impression. I messaged her the next day, and apologized for not getting photos of her, and invited her to this series. Well, she’s got a new album dropping here shortly (I’ve heard it. It’s great) and we’re finally getting around to this interview. Check out what Lindsay has to say and catch her live for the Album release soon (see below).
Me: For starters, tell us a little about yourself. How did you first get into music? And when did you know this is what you want to do for a living (money be damned)?
LH: Music was always in our home. My mom played piano and my Dad played guitar. I was 13 when I started performing around local opry houses. Then I was introduced to a vocal coach/manager that mainly focused on kids, Kay Lynn Scott in San Saba, TX. She worked with other kids from rural areas like me and just helped groom us for performing. That continued all throughout high school. After high school, I packed up and went to Nashville, where I attended Belmont University for Music Business. Then, I packed up again and moved to Los Angeles. I submersed myself into training as an actor. I don’t want to say I put music on the back burner as I was still in that world, but I was training heavily as an actor. I moved back here and was in a couple of other bands. They would break up and then I finally though I was done/ burned out… but we’re never really done, are we? I went into the business world, but it just wasn’t who I was. Then I had my “money be damned” moment and jumped back into music full time. That was a little over a year ago.
Me: How would you describe your music to someone who hasn’t heard it before?
LH: I like to say that Hightower is a dark, sultry, campy, Texi-Cali band peppered with the influences of Surf, Country and Rock.
Me: Who are some of your biggest musical influences, and why?
LH: Etta James, Patsy Cline, Billie Holiday, Amanda Palmer and Nina Simone are just some of the first artists that come to mind. The list goes on. While I was too young to understand exactly what they were saying, it didn’t matter, because the pure emotion in their voices just paralyzed me. I fell in love. I would also like to add the Beatles, Neil Young, and Tom Petty.
Me: Which of your songs means the most ot you, and if you don’t mind me asking, why?
LH: “Echo Spring.” It’s the title track and was the first song written for the album. It was inspired by a book I had read “Trip to Echo Spring”. The term comes from the play “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”. It means I’m going to go “tie one off” or “go on a bender”. While writing “Echo Spring”, I just committed to sit in my feelings and not judge myself for the way I feel, not tie myself to any expectations.
Me: If you could open for any act, dead or alive, who would it be, and why?
LH: That’s a really difficult question. I’m gonna go with Elvis.
Me: Any favorite new musical acts, local or otherwise?
LH: For sure. They’re not all new, but first and locally, I like what Sudie is doing. Her videos are really beautiful as well. St Vincent, Dovetail, Charley Crockett, as well. Not so local acts: Phantogram, Jim James & Thievery Corporation are some of my tunes that are on repeat.
Me: What’s your “stranded on an island” record?
LH: I like different things depending on my moods of course. Right now, I would pick the Beach Boys Pet Sounds album, if I were stranded on an island.
Me: Moving onto the home front, what are your favorite (and least favorite) things about the DFW music scene?
LH: There is something really special about Fort Worth. Coming from other markets, the level of community and support was so refreshing. Not one complaint.
Me: Favorite DFW venue to play (or see a show). Why?
LH: So many great places in DFW. Love all the music staples. Shipping and Receiving has a special place in my heart cause that’s where we started. They welcomed us when we were just starting out. That means a lot.
Me: Any favorite local acts people should be looking out for?
LH: Feletha Black melts my face off. They are incredible.
Me: And for shits and giggle, what’s a fun fact that most people don’t know about you?
LH: I like to scare or prank people. Makes me giggle every time.
Much love to Lindsay Hightower for taking the time. You’re going to want to check out her new album. The girl’s voice is gonna getcha. You can catch her live at the album release at Shipping and Receiving on March 12, with Holy Moly and Conway Seavey, starts at 9. Until then, keep on keeping on and support local music.