Look-Ka Py Py Podcast (ep 53): Amy Trail, Rolling Along

Pianist and songwriter Amy Trail first rolled into town thirteen years ago on New Year’s Eve 2000, her Idaho home a day-long drive behind her and the excitement of the new millennium spilling out in front of her. Not one to wait around on her fortune, the newcomer wasted no time hopping on the stage that night at Le Bon Temps Roule when local favorite Kerimt Ruffins offered anyone a chance to sit in with his band for a song. From there, Trail went on to study jazz at the University of New Orleans, and upon graduating, she landed a steady gig and soon became the resident pianist at Pat O’Briens (where she will once again be seen Wednesday through Saturday pending the birth of her first child). Amy Trail, podcast photoIn addition to churning out countless “Sweet Caroline” renditions with a spark and a smile night-in and night-out, Trail has grown into a consummate singer-songwriter, releasing three solo albums, herself. On her latest, Cold Springs, she pays tribute to her hometown and her heritage. Named after her ancestors’ homestead, it’s songs span a two year period in Trail’s life which saw the loss of her father as well as two grandparents in addition to the news that she would soon enter motherhood. Tune in below to hear Trail’s take on her new album, how she manages to keep the beat (and her cool) while being bombarded with barroom requests and for a listen to a live performance of the first cut on her new disc, “There Ain’t Nothing There.”