Kasey Tyndall isn’t a little bit country and a little bit rock n’ roll. She’s a whole lot country and even more rock n’ roll. If Joan Jett and Gretchen Wilson had a baby, it would be Kasey.

One of the most talented groups of singer-songwriters in Nashville is the Song Suffragettes. When I went to hear two of my previous Music Spotlight artists perform at the Listening Room, another one instantly grabbed my attention, Kasey Tyndall. It took several months, but I was finally able to secure an interview and find out more about this sassy, talented singer-songwriter.

Because her first single was “Everything is Texas,” I wrongly assumed Kasey Tyndall was from Texas. But she’s not; she’s from North Carolina. As is so often the case in country music, the best songs come from heartache, and “Everything is Texas” certainly fits that mold.

But the story of this song is so much more than that. 

“When I first moved here, I started dating a guy who was stationed at Fort Campbell,” Tyndall said. 

They didn’t date too long when he moved back home to Texas. 

“I went home to North Carolina to play some shows, and I saw Texas license plates everywhere and that never happens in North Carolina,” she said. 

She told her songwriter friends, “It’s going to be so hard to get over him, because everything is Texas.” And they immediately started writing the song.

Yet, the story doesn’t end there. “Everything is Texas” is a song about missing someone. However, unfortunately, a few years ago, this guy was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident. His current girlfriend reached out and asked if they could use the song at his funeral. 

“It turns out, we didn’t write that song for me, we wrote that song for her,” Tyndall said. “It was very inspiring to know that sometimes we go through things to heal other people. It’s what I love about songwriting and how powerful songs can be.”

Tyndall does not come from a musical family. 

“None of my family can carry a tune in a bucket,” she said. 

She went to school at East Carolina University to study nursing. While she was at college, she was working three jobs and trying to play a little music on the side. Her journey to Nashville was accelerated in 2014 when she won a radio station contest to sing “We Were Us” with Keith Urban. This gave her the courage to drop out of college and pursue music full-time.

Kasey taught herself to play guitar by playing along with Taylor Swift’s first self-titled record. 

“Musically, it was very simple in a beautiful way,” she said. “I looked up where to put my fingers and I played along with her record that was how I taught myself to play guitar.”

She moved to Nashville with a friend who was interning with her management company, and for a while, they worked part-time with a catering company to make ends meet. Eventually, she was able to get a publishing deal with Sony/ATV. She writes for herself and for others, as well.

One of my favorite songs she performs is “Bar That’s Open,” which was co-written with her best friend, Lainey Wilson, Ashley McBryde and herself. Although it’s a fun song, it still portrays heartbreak with lyrics that belie the fact that she is just 24 years old – and even younger when the song was written. Even her mother remarked she was “too young to be writing about this stuff.” Kasey replied, “It’s just the music I grew up on.”

“Spitfire” is her current single, and it was written about her mother. 

“My mom was a single mother for a while, and I just remember how tough she was,” Tyndall said. “But I also love how grounded and humble she was no matter what crap was thrown at her, her faith was inspiring.” 

Later on, she was on the phone with her mother and she was angry about something and her mom called her a little “spitfire.” 

Tyndall said, “Mom, I learned it from you.” 

That inspired her to write the song.

Since ’80s rock had a huge influence on her music, it was no surprise that Kasey wrote a song, called “Jesus and Joan Jett.” With lyrics like “Headbanging, cross hanging down from my neck, I roll with Jesus and rock with Joan Jett,” the irreverent song appeals to fans of all ages and various genres, as well.

Kasey was excited to be able to hang backstage with Joan Jett when she sang at Nashville’s Ascend Amphitheater with Heart recently. Jett has heard Kasey’s song, and she wants to be a part of it when it is officially released.

Even though she has been chasing her dream for a little while now, this country rocker is just getting started.

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Bethany Bowman is a freelance entertainment writer. You can follow her blog, Instagram and Twitter.

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