photo: Zach Austin

written by: Kaydee Mulvehill

Cheyloe, you play your solo stuff as well as being part of a duo (Zach and Cheyloe). You’re a busy lady! Tell me a little about that. How would you describe each project? 

Z&C is the workhorse. It’s stood the test of time and can do a lot with a little. Zach and I just playing together has long been the focal point, but we have new songs that shine a spotlight on our harmonies as well as our onstage chemistry. My solo project recently went full band. Two of my best friends, Darryell Stone and Steve Lucas (the bass player and drummer), have been talking to me for years about doing full band with them. Now with the addition of Kyle Sawhill, we’ve made that a reality. And it is loud! 

What inspires your songwriting the most?

Inspiration comes in many forms. Sometimes it’s a misheard phrase or melody from the muzak in the restaurant. Sometimes it’s hearing a song and saying, “Wow, I’ve felt this,” and wanting to tell my own story. It can be anything, at any time.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

“Don’t bore us, get to the chorus.”

What’s the most positive experience you’ve had playing music? 

In 2012 I passed the audition to play the Sunday Writers Nights at The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville. That experience and every time playing there since has been its own brand of humbling magic.

What’s your guilty pleasure song? 

“Wasted Youth” by Bonnie McKee 

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