The Country Music Association put Laura Bell Bundy in their New Artist Spotlight.
Concept albums are rare in Country Music, so from the get-go Achin’ and Shakin’, Laura Bell Bundy’s major label debut release, is — as she writes and sings in “Homecoming Queen” — “a little left of the middle.”
“Giddy On Up” written by Laura Bell Bundy, Jeff Cohen and Mike Shimshack, captures her playful side as well as her broad musical background. Stax-style horns punch through a banjo-driven hoedown and foot-stomp, dance-floor beat while Bundy radiates confident vocal chops and infectious humor. A seasoned musical actress with a strong Country spirit — now, that’s a concept.
IN HER OWN WORDS Q&A with CMA
Who is your musical hero?
“I have a few…Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Otis Redding and Aretha Franklin.”
What CD is in your stereo?
“Lee Ann Womack’s Call Me Crazy.”
What book is on your nightstand?
“My headboard is actually a bookshelf so there are tons of books; I read about five at a time. Currently, I’m reading, The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck and The Help by Kathryn Stocket.”
What song do you wish you had written?
“Journey’s ‘Don’t Stop Believin’’ played at every bar in America at some point every night.”
What word or phrase do you find yourself saying over and over again?
“’No, Norma Jean, you don’t poo poo there.’ Norma Jean is my new puppy.”
What mode of transportation do you prefer?
What moment in your life would you relive if you could?
“Taking walks with my dad in the fall when I was 5 yrs old and picking sour apples of the trees.”
Do you have a lucky charm?
“Yes, my Horseshoe necklace and ring.”
If you wrote an autobiography, what would the title be?
“Born To Entertain — The Life and Times of Laura Bell Bundy.”
When they look back on your life in 50 years, what do you hope people say about you?
“They’ll probably say, ‘That girl was CRAZY!’ I hope they say, ‘She was true to herself.’”
If you weren’t a musical artist, what would you be?
“An Allergist or Nutritionist and I would help people that have food allergies like I do.”
What is your favorite food while on the road?
“Lays Classic Potato Chips”
What can you tell us about yourself that we’d never guess about you?
“I won the Purdue University physics award as a junior in high school. Also I love ‘Battlestar Gallactica.’”