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  • Writer's pictureMary Ann

Performer Shelly Fairchild Shares What She Looks Forward to Most at Upcoming Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam

Thank you for talking with us Shelly! What are you looking forward to most playing the Gulf Coast Jam? WOW! It’s literally the first major festival to kick things up here in 2021! I’m just super excited to be playing music LIVE again for lots of people! We’re BACK and it feels great!

What song are you most excited for old and new fans to hear? I think I’m most excited to play a new tune of mine called “ON THE HIGHWAY” since it’s all about getting out to hear LIVE music!! And it’s a fun tune to sing ;)

Do you plan on catching any other performances while at the festival? I 100% will be jamming out to some Brothers Osborne because they are such a killer band! I will also be cheering on my buddy Lindsay Ell..she’s super awesome! I’m happy to see girls in the lineup so I’m gonna try to make sure I catch each of those shows! And of course, the big acts! No one should miss those!!!

You have played your fair share of festivals. What is the best festival food? Best food that is deep fried? OH LORDDDDDT…. I think my favorite treat was at The Strawberry Festival in Plant City, Florida. They had chocolate dipped BACON!!!! I died! And they have the best strawberries in the world I swear! I think, as for deep fried food….. I have to go with a good ol classic funnel cake! And roasted corn is my fave!!!!! You can always get that at a fair or festival! Oh and pineapple ice cream. What a strange combination of food I just mentioned here… hahahaha

Since we will be hanging out on the Gulf Coast of Florida, do you plan on getting any seafood while you are there? Of course I will! When I’m in Florida I typically ONLY eat seafood. I mean… it’s so delicious and its LOCALLY caught… so what could be better!?! And everywhere that you go serves the yummiest smoked fish dip. I live for that stuff!

From performing in front of thousands of fans to daily interviews and signing autographs, what food and drinks help you keep up your energy? Well, the truth is…it’s a bad idea to eat too much. And what I eat can’t be heavy or super rich. Coffee, coffee, coffee is a must!!!!! Lots of water is also a must. Sometimes an energy drink, or sometimes some good olé whiskey will do the trick! Protein bars and protein shakes help a LOT.

You’ve accomplished so much already. Any other bucket list items you are eager to check off? I would LOVE to get back out on a REALLY BIG tour! That’s where my heart lies… on stage. So, I’m excited to see what the future holds! Oh, and I wanna sing with Dolly Parton!!!!! That would be the icing on the cake for me!

You have built quite a fan following on social media and through touring. How do you stay connected with your fans? Especially during a year without touring or concerts? It’s so easy to stay connected now because you basically just turn your phone on and start a video and then go…… everyone is so accessible these days! I actually took more time to create during this past year, so my social media suffered a bit. BUT anytime I wanted to engage, I just had to log on. Its CRAZY how it all works now! I LOVE IT! It’s excellent for everyone.

What are some of your favorite Nashville restaurants? Well, there are so many now. I’ll throw out a few names. I LOVE Lockeland Table, City House, Chauhan Ale & Masala House, Emmy Squared, Giovanni’s, The Treehouse, Kayne Prime, Saint Anejo, Roze Cafe, Shep’s Diner, and Cafe Margot, and OF COURSE The Lipstick Lounge for some delicious brunch!!!!!

Is there anything coming up for you that you’d like to share? I am working on a new record with my friend Lila McCann!! We started a band and we are called HATEFUL GREY. So stay tuned for that!!!


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