Back Roads Backstage with Vanessa Carlton | Minnetonka Moccasin

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Discover new music to love. Go Back Roads & Backstage with us as we accompany a few of our favorite musicians on tour as they navigate the back roads of America and provide a backstage glimpse of life on the road. 

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Recently, we partnered with online music publication The Wild Honey Pie and had the chance to meet up with Vanessa Carlton at her home in Nashville before she embarks on a new tour this month.  Read on to learn about her latest album, Liberman, her onstage style and her must-haves for life on the road. 

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Describe your on-stage and off-stage style.
On stage I like to look sort of shiny but simple. Not overly flashy. I love the ritual of doing my hair and makeup. It's important to my performance in a way cause I zone out. Off stage on the road isn't pretty. It's a uniform of jeans, boots a sweater and sunglasses if it's an early morning van call.

What’s been your most memorable performance to date?
Playing with the California Philharmonic.

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What’s your favorite part about being on the road?
Meeting the audience...connecting with them.

What’s your favorite city to play?
Atlanta or Chicago.

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What are a few must-haves when you’re on the road?
I need good lighting in the dressing room. I’m VERY into lighting. It's all about the vibes ya know? Doesn't have to be fancy. I also need to find a juice place as much as possible so I stay healthy. Plus...you know....wine.

Photography by Jake Giles Netter