Lindsay Ell Previews New Tracks On Debut EP

Lindsay Ell

BBR Music Group’s Jon Loba welcomed industry and superfans of Lindsay Ell to the Germantown Nashville lounge, The Back Corner (TBC) on Thursday, March 23 to preview her EP, released today. Among attendees were the newcomers’s boyfriend and radio star Bobby Bones and her CMT Next Women of Country pal Lauren Alaina.

“There are some things that are worth the wait, and Lindsay Ell and her music are worth the wait,” said Loba. “Real art takes time. We had released a couple of things on Lindsay, it was honestly our fault—we didn’t have the right music on her. But then she had someone come in to her life in Kristian Bush who she absolutely gelled with and is making magic with.”

Ell’s Bush-produced Stoney Creek EP—appropriately titled Worth The Wait—reveals six songs from the strikingly beautiful guitar virtuoso.

Among the tracks is “Criminal,” a dynamic title most encompassing what the young artist is capable of—melody, lyrics and production.

“Thank you so much for coming and thank you for giving me patience and letting me figured this whole thing out,” exclaimed Ell from the stage before previewing the EP with a three-person band.

Lindsay Ell preview party

In additional to Ell-penned original titles, the EP also features outside songs, one titled “Space” from Caitlyn Smith, Heather Morgan and Maggie Chapman in addition to a John Mayer cover.

“The first meeting [Kristian Bush] and I had about music, he asked me what my favorite record was,” recalls Ell. “It would be John Mayer’s Continuum. He said, ‘I want you to go record the whole thing. The only rules are you need to play all the instruments. I cleared my schedule for two weeks, and 8 a.m. to 3 a.m. I sat in an office and recorded the whole record.

“It’s so different when you record something compared when you’re just listening to it. I learned so much about myself, my favorite record of all time, and I figured out how I love to sound in the studio. We ended up putting ‘Stop This Train’ on the EP, and it’s actually the exact work tape I made in my janky little office.”

Worth The Wait is available now.


Worth The Wait Track Listing

1) “Waiting on You” (Lindsay Ell, Adam Hambrick, Andrew DeRoberts)
2) “Criminal” (Lindsay Ell, Chris Stevens, Fred Wilhelm)
3) “Space” (Caitlyn Smith, Heather Morgan, Maggie Chapman)
4) “Standing Here” (Melissa Peirce, Ryan Hurd, Chase McGill)
5) “Worth The Wait” (Lindsay Ell, Travis Meadows)
6) “Stop This Train” (John Mayer, Pino Palladion)

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