Lindsay Ell is amazing. I thought her 2017 album The Project was really great. It showed off her fantastic ability as a singer and songwriter, but it really brought her phenomenal guitar skills front and center. And when I say phenomenal... I wouldn't mind seeing a "guitar-off" between Lindsay, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley... maybe throw in an Eddie Van Halen or someone like that for good measure... Lindsay can hold her own against any of them.
In 2018, Lindsay released The Continuum Project, which she actually recorded before The Project. As the story goes, her co-producer Kristian Bush (of Sugarland fame) gave her the "homework assignment" of recreating John Mayer's album Continuum to get her ready for the recording of The Project. She had to record it by herself, in her office, and play every instrument on it. It goes without saying that Lindsay passed Kristian's homework assignment with flying colors. The Continuum Project was released due to fan demand.
Last Friday, Lindsay released her latest album Heart Theory, and this one is both interesting and very personal. I call it interesting because the 12 songs follow the seven stages of grief: shock, denial, anger, bargaining, depression, testing, and acceptance. After giving it one listen and knowing that she co-wrote 11 of the 12 songs, it's obviously very personal. And in typical Lindsay Ell fashion, it's a masterpiece.
Lindsay was nice enough to take some time today to call and chat about the new album. Here is our chat in it's entirety, and when you're done listening to this, do yourself a favor and get Heart Theory.