Artist: Emily Nenni
Hometown: Orinda, California; born & half-raised in San Jose; has called Nashville home for 10 years
Latest Album: On the Ranch (November 4, 2022)
Nicknames: Emmylou, Louie, Lou
What’s your favorite memory from being on stage?
It was a Honky Tonk Tuesday when I was about 23 years old and my 82-year-old Grammy was visiting for her birthday. Midway through my set, I got everyone at American Legion Post 82 to sing her happy birthday and she felt so special. She talked about it for years!
What rituals do you have, either in the studio or before a show?
I like to have a Miller Lite or two and sing three-part harmony bluegrass tunes with my guitarist (Jack Quiggins) and bass player (Ryan Jennings.) It warms up the pipes and keeps it light.
What has been the best advice you’ve received in your career so far?
Drummer John Radford always said to me when I was 21 and hangin’ in certain circles of musicians, “don’t trust boys” — and he’s been right a time or two!
Since food and music go so well together, what is your dream pairing of a meal and a musician?
I’d like to make sauce and meatballs for Jerry Reed, RIP.
How often do you hide behind a character in a song or use “you” when it’s actually “me”?
Never. All songs aside from “Canyon” on my first record are autobiographical and I sing ‘em as such!