A new voice to our listeners – Jessica Mitchell stopped by 620 CKRM this morning to acquaint herself with our staff as well as sing a couple songs.
Jessica is from London, Ontario and has been on the road touring with Royal Wood. Tonight, a sold out show in Regina at the Artesian on 13th Avenue.
A great voice and a personality as big as this room. It is not an easy task to just sit on a stool with one, two or 20 people just staring at you while you sing a song or two. Plus you have someone taping your every move and word!
When guests come to 620 CKRM they usually get an on-air interview and Colin takes a million pictures. Their music is part of our Farm Fresh Song of the Day and this gives you, the listener a job! You decide if this is music we will continue to be apart of our playlist.
Today’s song is the latest from Blake Shelton!
The number of new or currently touring artists that roll through our studios reaches highs and lows as the seasons unfold. There are times when it is a revolving door of talent. Some definitely stronger than others.
Let me re-frame this procedure of recording or breaking artists visiting the radio station.
They call, say they are coming our way and ask if they can drop in. Not always do we know they are coming, but we set up a little area in our lobby so people can stop in and listen to them perform. The set is acoustic.
A 10 to 15 minute chat, perhaps playing some of their favorite songs or playing live on the air, can happen. Corb Lund once read the grain prices! Why wouldn’t he?!
Today, Jessica and I had a chat about dialect, interesting people she has met in Nashville, mental health awareness and hitch hiking.
Always fun helping someone from outside your prairie region say “Saskatchewan” or “Calgary”! And that’s just the tip of things. Trust me, there are still some of the communities in Saskatchewan that can turn a seasoned vet inside out. Isn’t that the Canadian way – we help each other!
Jessica is an engaging woman with a warm rolling voice and when she said that she had done the CCMA Legends show with Michelle Wright, I could hear that vocal similarity – so there’s a great future!
While she has never hitch hiked, Jessica probably would have no trouble getting a ride, thanks to carrying her guitar case!
I related a story from Dylan and Jim of Watson, Saskatchewan. Dylan was heading to a Roughrider game, his dad wasn’t going, then decided he would. Jim’s wife took him out to the highway, with sign in hand and wearing a Saskatchewan Roughrider jersey. Jim was picked up somewhere between 20 and 40 minutes into his wait. Two young guys on their way to the game offered him a ride.
Memories are made of this! Songs are also written with experiences like this! And these days having some new ideas to write about isn’t a bad idea. Enough of the cookie cutter tunes.
I think you’ll discover that Jessica Mitchell will offer you something different.
Working on Whiskey is co written with Patricia Conroy – check it out!