By BONNIE BAILEY
Today, 27-year-old Chelsea Constable, who grew up in Jonesborough, will take the next step in her career as a professional musician with the official release of her debut EP.
The EP, scheduled for release on Dec. 13, consists of five songs, is the first part of a two-part release, and will be released live on The John Boy & Billy Big Show (WQUT 101.5).
According to Constable, part one of the EP has a country/bluegrass/blues feel, while part two, which doesn’t have a set release date yet, will have more of a rock feel.
Constable enjoys entertaining with a wide variety of music styles, and that’s something she wanted to show in her first album, she said.
“This is about all of my influences and what has inspired me over the years,” she said.
She hopes to release part two of the EP mid-year in 2018, but due to recording with special guests, the timing is subject to change.
The guitarist recruited several well-known musicians for her first EP, including Steve Morse (Deep Purple, Kansas, Dixie Dregs and The Steve Morse Band), Paul Gilbert (Mr. Big and Racer X), and Trey Hensley (Nashville super picker/singer).
Also on the EP is Doyle Dykes, a renowned acoustic finger-style guitarist, and a good friend of Constable.
“This is my debut, and it has some of my heroes on it … They have been people who influenced me from early on, ever since I began playing, and for them to be on my first album, it’s just an amazing feeling,” she said.
The musician’s teen sister, Grace Constable, also performs on the new release.
“She’s actually playing guitar and putting some solo work down for me, as well as drums and bass, and she’s only 15,” she said. “It’s great to have all your heroes involved, as well as a good friend, and even my little sister, who has been very important in this process.”
The guitarist said her love of various music styles comes, in part, from her exposure to a variety of music at a young age while growing up in Jonesborough. She enjoyed listening to many genres, and that inspired her as she learned the guitar, which she has been playing since she was 10 years old.
Her interest in the guitar began when she picked up the instrument to learn “Greensleeves” for a church Christmas play.
“I’m 27 now, so it’s been a long time,” Constable said.
Completing a project like this has been a longtime goal and a dream-come-true for Constable, though she isn’t sure what to expect with the release.
“This is completely new territory for me,” Constable said.
The guitarist already has a following on YouTube, where she both performs and teaches with three popular video series: “The Solo Lesson Series,” “The Signature Tone Series,” and “The Performance Series.”
Once released, Constable’s debut EP will be available on iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon MP3. For more information, visit her website at www.chelseaconstable.com.