Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

Lamitschka:  Music has many new fans throughout Europe who may be hearing about you for the first time. How would you describe yourself and the music you play to someone who has never seen or heard you?
Answer:  I would describe myself and the music that we play as country with a little bit of edge, sass, and rock n roll! My musical influences range from artist in country music, rock and roll, pop music, r&b, etc... so listeners can kind of hear all of those influences in my music

Lamitschka:  How was the last year for you? What were your highlights?
Answer:  The last year was amazing. We played a lot of amazing shows and created an amazing album that we are so excited to be releasing this year!

Lamitschka:  What is your latest EP and how's it doing?
Answer:  Our latest EP, Evolution- Part One was released on Feb. 9, and is part of a 4-part series of EP that make up our full length album, "Evolution". Evolution- Part Two will be available on May 18th!

Lamitschka:  How did you choose the title for the EP?  Is there a story behind the name?
Answer:  When we were writing this new music, I went through quite an "evolution" … with love and also just within myself as a person and an artist. I was a writer on every one of these songs, and I wrote about true things that were going on in my life in the past few years... so we felt that the title "Evolution" was the perfect name for the body of work that we created and everything that it represents!

Lamitschka:  Do you write the songs yourself? If not, how do you go about finding the songs for your EP?
Answer:  I did! Along with some great friends and co-writers, Adriene Smith, Phillip White, Clay Smith, and Dave Fenley!

Lamitschka:  Please tell us about the songs on your album (influences, etc).
Answer:  All of the songs on this album are 100% from my heart and soul. Like I said earlier, I have a lot of musical influences... but while writing this album artists such as Stevie Nicks (and Fleetwood Mac), Chris Stapleton, Miranda Lambert, Eric Church.. Were a few of the influences as far as sound and lyric content went! Lamitschka:  Your current single is being played by radio. What do you feel is special about this song that makes people want to hear it?
Answer:  It is! I think just the positivity and vibe of this song makes it very appealing to listeners! I wrote this song from personal experiences in the music industry, but I wanted it to feel personal to everyone listening. Because we all have a dream and goals in our own lives .. no matter what it is, and I just wanted this to be an anthem for the every day people who have a dream in his/her heart... to go out and pursue that dream and never look back!

Lamitschka:  What will your next single be?
Answer:  Our next single is called "Always Wanted To" which will be on Evolution-Part Two, being released on May 18th! Always Wanted To is just a fun, rockin' summer song that will make listeners want to roll their windows down and soak in that summer time feeling!

Lamitschka:  What kind of songs do you like to record the most?
Answer:  I love to record all kinds of different songs, but my MOST favorite would probably be the up-tempo, rockin' , sassy songs! Like I said earlier, I have a lot of rock n roll and sass running through my veins.. and when I get to get into that mode while recording, it's such an awesome feeling!

Lamitschka:  What is your favorite song among all the songs you have recorded and what's the story behind it?
Answer:  I would have to say a song that will be on Evolution-Part Two : "Like I'll Never Love Again". When I wrote this song with Adriene Smith and Dave Fenley, I had gone through an extremely tough break up... and I remember thinking I would never love someone that way ever again. So, we sat down to write that day and the lyrics and melody just flew out of us. We wrote this song in under 2 hours and I remember listening to our work tape of it after we left the writing session and just bawling because everything I had been feeling inside, we made into a song. It was a beautiful experience but also very healing!

Lamitschka:  What's unique about you that will differentiate you from other artists?
Answer:  I would have to say my sound. It is a mixture of country lyrics and vocals, but with the vitality of rock n roll, the soul of r&b and blues... all of that mixed together creates something very unique and makes us stand out!

Lamitschka:  What moments in your career stand out in your memory as highlights and achievements which you are proud of?
Answer:  I have had many moments in my career that will forever be at the top of my memory board, but if I had to pick two.. It would be opening for Luke Bryan during his Farm Tour and then opening for Blake Shelton at a country music festival in Colorado!

Lamitschka:  When you get time off, how do you like to relax?
Answer:  I love to travel on my time off.. I am a big fitness person so I work out, do some shopping occasionally, and spend time with my family and friends!

Lamitschka:  Many European fans travel to the United States to attend the several of the music festivals for the opportunity to see so many of their favorite artists, bands and celebrities. Will you be participating and how will the fans be able to find you?
Answer:  Yes! I will be playing at this years CMA Festival in Nashville. I would love for anyone traveling to the States to come to a show or meet and greet and say hello! I would LOVE to meet you! I will be playing a CMT Awards Pre-Party on June 6th at Margaritaville at 5:45 pm, Signing at Fan Fare on Thursday, June 7 at 2:00pm, and playing Wildhorse Saloon on June 8th at 8:45 pm!

Lamitschka:  Many music fans today get their information about artists online. Do you have your own website and what will fans find there?
Answer:  I do! I would love for everyone to go to our website, www.laurenashleyandthetrainwreckers.com to keep up with us! There you can find links to all of our social media sites as well as links to go check out our music! And don't forget to grab your copy of Evolution- Part One , and Part Two available May 18th!