Interview: Seth Ennis talks touring with Little Big Town, Country Music Week, his UK fans, Mabelle and Sethy Sloth

We adore Seth Ennis in the UK – when he released his debut single Woke Up In Nashville we knew he was going to make his mark in country music and be the next big thing. When Seth was announced for C2C Festival earlier this year, despite having only released one song at the time, the fan base went wild with excitement. Just before C2C, Seth then released his debut EP Mabelle and even though it had only been out for a week, we had all learned the words to every song. The news that Seth was returning to the UK to support Little Big Town was very welcomed indeed and we were so happy to also have him be a part of Country Music Week alongside some of our homegrown artists.

I caught up with Seth to discuss Country Music Week, touring with Little Big Town, C2C, UK fans and Sethy Sloth.

Enjoy!

Hi Seth how are you? What have you been up to this week?

This week I’ve been traveling all over the UK opening for Little Big Town on their UK Tour. We’ve made stops in Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham and Gateshead. The fans have been awesome. I’m really looking forward to playing Glasgow again this week as well as Bristol and Royal Albert Hall.

Last time we spoke was at C2C – how was that experience for you? Did you leave with any particular favourite moments or memories?

C2C was an incredible experience. The fans here are amazing. I was so excited to come back to the UK this fall with Little Big Town following C2C. One of my favorite memories from C2C was when I played the stage inside the O2 Arena for thousands of people and many of them knew the words to my songs, especially “Woke Up in Nashville.” It was a feeling I will never forget. I will also forever remember packing out my very first theatre show and then jumping on stage with Brad Paisley later in the night to sing “Alcohol” with him on stage.

Was it how you expected the weekend to go because you had just released your EP Mabelle that weekend and already everyone knew all the words.

I wasn’t sure if fans would know any songs off my EP, Mabelle – It came out only a week or so before I came to the UK for C2C. I thought MAYBE fans would know my current single at the time (“Woke Up in Nashville”) but I was shocked when I looked out in the crowd and saw they were singing along with me to all of my other songs off Mabelle. It was pretty awesome.

Your plans to return to the UK to support Little Big Town were already set in motion prior to C2C – how excited are you to come back?

I am thrilled to be back here. I love coming over here and meeting new fans. I’m so thankful to be opening for Little Big Town while I’m here on their tour. They are the nicest people and some of the most talented performers. It’s been amazing to tour the UK with legends.

What are you looking forward to the most?

I am really excited to meet fans and check out parts of the UK that I’ve not visited before. We got to have our own tour bus over here so I was really excited about that too– usually the band guys and I drive everywhere in a Van so this we are all pretty excited to have our own double decker tour bus! Also, of course I’m really looking forward to playing the legendary Royal Albert Hall with Little Big Town. Bucket list venue for sure.

What can we expect from your set?

I’ve got a couple new songs that I’m really looking forward to playing for everyone. I’m not at all a scripted person so it’s going to be different at every show. I’ll try my best to make people laugh with some random jokes.

How does it feel to be playing The Royal Albert Hall?

As an artist it’s a bucket list item for me. I still don’t think it’s hit me that I’m playing such a legendary venue. Honestly, it’s a dream come true.

You are doing quite a few dates with LBT are you looking forward to visiting any particular city the most?

All of them. I love checking out new places, new venues and meeting new people.

You will also be a part of the Under The Apple Tree Sessions alongside our own Catherine McGrath, Robert Vincent and Wildwood Kin – are you familiar with their music?

Catherine and I have had twitter-banter before but I’ve never seen any of them play live yet. I’m so excited to watch each of them perform and so honored I get to share the stage with them.

Will you get to do much site seeing this trip? If so, what is on your list?

We are on the road almost every day so there is not a whole lot of time for sight seeing. I did have 1 day off in Newcastle and had a great time. I also got to check out the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, and as a Manchester City Fan that was really incredible to see.

As we mentioned earlier, you released your EP Mabelle earlier this year – why the title Mabelle?

Mabelle is the name of the apartment building my 3 best friends and I moved into when we first moved to Nashville. There were four of us living in a 1 bedroom apartment. We had bunk beds that we slept on to all fit in there. The cover of the EP is a photo of me sitting on the actual steps of Mabelle. Mabelle is where everything started to take off for me as a singer/songwriter. My friends and I always say: 4 Best Friends, 300 Square Feet, 2 Bunk Beds, 1 Dream.

You wrote with the late great Andrew Dorff for Fast Girl – does that song have more meaning to you now and what was he like to write with?

Dorff was one of the most talented lyricists I have ever had the privilege of writing with. We became really great friends and as a new artist he was so supportive of me and my music. This song is obviously really special to me and I’m really excited it’s my current single in the UK right now. I know that Dorff is looking down at me smiling and singing along every time I play “Fast Girl.”

What has been the highest achievement for you since releasing Woke Up In Nashville?

One of the highest achievements so far as been my Debut playing the Grand Ole Opry at the Ryman in December 2016. Little Big Town actually introduced me and it was an overwhelming feeling playing such a legendary stage. Another big achievement was when I played piano and sang background vocals for Lauren Alaina at the Ryman Auditorium. She performed her song “Three” which I wrote with her, and our friend Jordan Kyle Reynolds. When the song finished we got a standing ovation.

You have been on some great tours lately with artists such as FGL and Tim and Faith – what have they been like?

2017 has been an incredible year of touring for me as I have had the honor to tour with some of my Country Music Heroes. I am so fortunate to have been able to tour with FGL, Luke Bryan, Faith Hill & Tim McGraw,and Little Big Town. I’ve learned so much from each of them; from learning how to party on stage with Luke and FGL to learning how to capture and captivate an audience from Faith, Tim & Little Big Town.

Are you currently working on an album? If so, are you able to tell us anything about it or a release date?

I am currently working on a full-length album – it’s coming soon. I can’t wait for everyone to hear it.

Who or what is Sethy Sloth?

Sethy Sloth is an incredible fan of mine from New Zealand. She takes any photo I post and replaces my head with a sloth face. It’s hilarious. Funny story: She flew all the way to St. Louis, MO from New Zealand to watch me open for Luke Bryan this year and brought a sloth stuffed animal with a custom t-shirt that had my logo on it. The sloth is my mascot. Go check out @Seth_E_Sloth.

What music are you listening to right now? Doesn’t have to be country.

Fickle Friends. LOTS of Fickle Friends. I think they are incredible. I’m actually listening to them right now while doing this interview. I would LOVE to collaborate with them one day.

How long have you been playing the piano?

I started taking piano lessons when I was 5 years old. So I guess almost 20 years I’ve been playing the keys.

What other instruments do you play?

Guitar and drums, sometimes bass. On my song “Woke up In Nashville” I’m actually playing every instrument on the song as well as all the background vocals.

Do you have any tour rituals?

My band and I huddle up back stage and pray before every show.

What was the first song/album you ever bought?

NSYNC – “No Strings Attached”

Do have a favourite film and tv show? If so, what?

I love House of Cards, How I Met Your Mother…and Game of Thrones, of course.

So I see you are a big football fan (soccer) what team do you support?

Manchester City.

Thank you so much for chatting to me today – we look forward to your return and I will see you in Bristol, which by the way is a lovely city so I hope you get to have a look around.

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