FeminIndie: Amy Lynn & The Gunshow
Over the last few weeks, Wordkrapht has introduced a variety of ladies through the FeminIndie feature. All of these women radiate the essence of what FeminIndie stands for. They are full of empowerment, they’re talented, stylish, and possess all the diva qualities. Amy Lynn Hamlin fits in perfectly with the other FeminIndie ladies, but she also stands apart from the rest with her sassy presence, and her ultra soulful, old school styled vocals that could be compared to the one and only, Aretha Franklin.
Amy Lynn & The Gunshow’s debut album, Don’t Trip On The Glitter, (which was released today) is full of soul, sass, horns, and a mix of musical influences from Motown to soul to a dash of rock. With this debut release, they have traveled back in time to deliver the gift of extraordinary music for today’s music fans who may be lacking some real music in their iTunes library. Amy Lynn’s vocals blend in naturally with the multiple instruments that make up The Gunshow. Along with her explosive, passionate presence, the horns take on their own personality throughout the entire album as well, and let’s be honest, a horns section makes any song that much better.
Don’t Trip On The Glitter not only possesses perfection with the incredible arrangements from Amy Lynn’s husband, (and baritone sax player) Alex Hamlin, but each track tells a different story that every listener can relate to. From the sassy, breakup songs about men who did Amy Lynn wrong on “Remember (Walking in the Sand)” and the dramatic “Don’t Trip On The Glitter,” to the uplifting, positive “Comin’ Up Green” and finally the emotional, tearful “West Village Blues,” there’s something for everyone on this album.
Each song has it’s own highlights, and honestly, it’s hard to pick a favorite from this album because Amy Lynn & The Gunshow have created a masterpiece that deserves to be a part of every music lover’s music collection. Sometimes we can only come up with so many words or phrases to describe an album and in this case, the music will do all the talking.
I was lucky enough to interview Amy Lynn about everything from the band’s background story, their influences, her fashion sense, and plenty of other fun and insightful questions. So, sit back and enjoy learning all about the leading lady of The Gunshow.
Who is Amy Lynn and what’s the story behind The Gunshow?
This is a very dramatic question I guess Amy Lynn is a lover of food, wine, family, friends, and music. A songstress who is in love with making music with her husband.
The story behind the Gunshow is all about love. My husband Alex, who is the baritone sax player, writer, and arranger of the band, was luckily in Europe the same time I was and the rest, as they say, is history. We found each other in Switzerland, came back to Brooklyn and realized we could make sweet music together, so we did.
What influences your style of music?
So many influences, so many types of music that I adore and I believe subconsciously influence our style. Otis Redding, Janis Joplin, Bette Midler, Carole King, Hall & Oates, Chaka Khan, Diana Ross, The Supremes, Joni Mitchell, Etta James, Beth Hart, Dusty Springfield, Carla Thomas, and Dinah Washington.
More importantly, where does your fashion influence come from?
Ohh, it’s a hodgepodge for sure. My go-to is a dress! Especially summer dresses where you can feel free and liberated. I love anything from a vintage 70’s style dress, to a bit dressier like a corset sequence top and a tulle dress. I also adore just a simple black dress which I believe every grown ass woman should have in her closet. One of my all time faves is comfy jeans and a tank. And don’t get me started about shoes. I live for a stiletto, but have a hankering for wedge boots. But when it comes down to it anything I feel confident in, I will wear.
If you had to listen to one artist for the rest of your life, who would it be?
This is an unfair question and I refuse to answer this. Well…if you are making me I can pick 4, and even this is hard. Sarah McLachlan, Joni Mitchell, Otis Redding, & Whitney Houston. I think this is a good set of people to listen to for the rest of my life.
A lot of the songs on the new album, Don’t Trip On The Glitter, have brokenhearted/revenge themes. Since you are happily married to your fellow bandmate, Alex, where do you get the motivation from these tracks?
Well I certainly had a life before that man of mine came into it and have plenty to speak of in the relationship department. So yes, I have had several relationships in my past to draw from.
Have you ever been so moved by a song that it made you cry? If so, which song?
Oh jesus, yes! I cry every time I watch Parenthood never mind a song. “A Song For You” by Donny Hathaway always gets me.
After listening to “Remember (Walking in the Sand),” curious minds are wondering, what did ever happen to the boy you once knew?
Haaaa! We don’t know and quite honestly we don’t give a **it.
If you could interview any artist, past or present, who would it be and why?
Once again super difficult to answer. Wow! Probably one of the lovely legends who came out of the 60’s like Carole King who I believe paved the way for women performers and songwriters. I would ask her what it felt like to be a woman in that time.
Do you have any advice for fellow indie musicians who are trying to make a career in the music industry?
Educate yourself on the business side of music and write, write, write! Practice makes perfect.
Now that you’ve released Don’t Trip On The Glitter, what’s next for Amy Lynn & The Gunshow?
We’re going to Disneyworld!!!! No, I wish! The band is super excited for our CD Release show May 8th at Joe’s Pub in New York! After that we have a bunch of cute mini tours throughout the summer to promote the album. In the meantime, we will write more music and also be getting ready for a new music video release for “West Village Blues” one of the songs on the album…which PS, is available for pre-order here.
Artist Name: Amy Lynn & The Gunshow
Location: New York, New York
Genre: soul, rock, pop, jazz
Members: Amy Lynn Hamlin (vocals), Alex Hamlin (baritone sax, arranger), Jeff Hermanson (trumpet), Ed Rosenberg (tenor sax), Michael Ross (drums), Ben Galina (bass), Brian Whitted (keys), James Jackson (black-up), and Ladiva Burns (black-up)