Canadian singer songwriter Joshua Hyslop is a proponent of true human interaction. After spending the last year playing over 50 house shows, his experience performing and getting to know fans on a more intimate level laid influence on his sophomore album, In Deepest Blue (released October 23 on Nettwerk). Now Hyslop is sharing his tunes on a broader scale, playing at 3rd & Lindsley in Nashville, Tenn. on December 17 alongside songstress Vanessa Carlton. We sat down with Hyslop to discuss the upcoming show, touring, and songwriting in Nashville.
Cathy: You’re headed to Nashville to play at 3rd & Lindsley this week. This is one of the last shows on a string of dates with Vanessa Carlton. How has the tour been so far? What has made this tour unique for you?
Joshua: The tour has been a lot of fun. It’s been really great getting to know Vanessa and her team a bit. They’ve been so kind to me, it’s made the whole experience just that much more enjoyable. I suppose what’s made this tour unique for me is that it’s my first time being on tour in America. Almost every place we’ve gone to has been brand new to me, so that’s been a lot to take in.
C: What are your favorite and least favorite aspects of touring?
J: My least favorite part of touring is that I’ve been solo for this run, which has meant that I’ve been away from my wife, which is hard. I’ve also been doing my own driving, merch, inventory, etc. But a lot of the drives have been beautiful. It just starts to wear on you a bit after a while. My favorite part of touring has been getting to play in so many amazing venues in some incredibly beautiful cities, and meeting so many kind-hearted people at the shows. They’ve really made me feel welcome.
C: Your new album, In Deepest Blue, was released in October. What kind of influence do you think writing in Nashville had on how the album turned out?
J: Well, I didn’t write all of the songs in Nashville, just a couple of them. I think my visits to Nashville prior to the making of this record had an impact on me for sure. I think there’s a certain subtle Nashville-vibe flowing in the undercurrent of the record.
C: Since you’ve spent some time in Nashville previously, what sorts of things are you excited to do, see, or eat on your return trip to Music City?
J: First things first, I will drive straight to Gruhn Guitars. That will probably take up the majority of whatever free time I have.
C: With the year almost at an end, what is in store for you in 2016?
J: I’ll be playing a lot more shows in 2016 and working on the next record as well. It’ll be busy, and I’m very excited about that.