Songs I Grew Up On - Kasey Tyndall

In our most recent interview on Songs I Grew Up On, we talked with singer-songwriter Kasey Tyndall. Tyndall is from Greenville, North Carolina and has lived in Nashville for seven years pursing her musical dreams. Here are Tyndall’s top five songs that have shaped her life.

1. “Freak Out” by Avril Lavigne (2004)

Tyndall gushes over Lavigne, saying how she “loved how honest and dark she was.” “I’ve always been drawn to the rock side of the world,” she explains. She recalled that during her childhood, Tyndall owned a karaoke machine that she played “Freak Out” on. Moreover, having grown up with divorced parents, Tyndall “felt so connected to her music” and particularly this song.

2. “Gunpowder and Lead” by Miranda Lambert (2007)

A common theme that Tyndall points out with these song choices is that if there is “somebody that’s rockin’ and country, I’m there for it.” Lambert does a fantastic job at being direct with what she wants to say, and Tyndall praises Lambert by asserting that “she’s definitely paved the way for…tough girls in country.”

3. “Kick It in the Sticks” by Brantley Gilbert (2010)

Like with Lambert, Gilbert’s music was very influential for Tyndall. “That’s the song that made me fall in love with his music,” she says of “Kick It in the Sticks.” Tyndall also reveals that this song, along with “Gunpowder and Lead,” was a piece she frequently covered when she would perform live.

4. “Restless” by Alison Krauss and Union Station (2004)

One of the reasons Tyndall picked this song is that both of her parents were fans of Krauss’

music. Tyndall also admits that she “learned how to have good pitch” from Krauss, enthusiastically stating that Krauss’ voice “is just so pure and angelic” that one can get lost in it.

5. “I Hate Myself for Loving You” by Joan Jett &The Blackhearts (1988)

“Joan Jett was just an artist that my mom played all the time (in the car),” Tyndall explains.

Beyond that, Tyndall remarks how Jett’s strong persona was inspirational. “Seeing how much Joan went through as a woman… it’s insane. She really didn’t care about the adversity she


Tyndall’s latest single “Jesus and Joan Jett” was released February 11 th . She describes the

country-rock tune as “me to a T” because of how accurately it portrays herself.

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