IF YOU GO
What: Lisa Bouchelle opening for Martin Sexton.
When: 7 p.m. Oct. 20.
Where: World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St., Philadelphia.
Admission: $27 and $37.
Info.: www.worldcafelive.com, (215) 222-1400.
New Jersey singer/songwriter Lisa Bouchelle has crossed the state border plenty of times to perform in southeastern Pennsylvania. But there was still one more previously unexplored line to cross: 1 million total plays on Spotify.
The four songs of her 2016 EP “Lipstick Tomboy” have combined for more than 1.15 million plays. Bouchelle confirmed that Spotify’s scale for artist royalty payments is low, but acknowledged that streaming services are an essential way of getting exposure for one’s music. “It’s a drag, but it’s a by-product of the business,” she said.
Most of the 1 million plays come from a song she co-wrote with Philly’s John Eddie, and recorded as a duet with Blues Traveler’s John Popper, “Only the Tequila Talkin’.”
Bouchelle’s first national tour was opening for Blues Traveler in 2007. According to Bouchelle, Popper loved the country-flavored single. “We turned him loose and let him do whatever he wanted,” she said of the singer and harmonica virtuoso.
John Eddie was all-in as soon as Bouchelle shared the just-written hook: “But it was only the tequila talkin’/should’ve took it with a grain of salt.”
“He said, ‘I can’t believe you wrote it and I didn’t’,” said Bouchelle. “He came up with the line: ‘Coyote ugly on the SpectraVision in the not so Super 8.’ Since I couldn’t top that, I wrote: ‘He said the sex would be amazing, but it really wasn’t that great.’ I would sing that line to him, and he would go: ‘Thanks a lot!’”
One of the extras in the old-west-inspired “Only the Tequila Talkin’” video is Kim Yarson, whom Bouchelle sometimes plays with in a group called Gyrl Band. All of the Gyrl Band members appear in the video, which has more than 108,000 YouTube views. Yarson and Bouchelle are set to perform 1 to 5 p.m. Aug. 27 at Crossing Vineyards & Winery, 1853 Wrightstown Road, Upper Makefield.
Much of the video was shot at Dacey’s Pub, 215 W. Philadelphia Ave., Morrisville, where Bouchelle will be playing 7 to 10 p.m. Sept. 1. “It is so like ‘Cheers’ (there),” she said.
While recording “Only the Tequila Talkin’” in Seattle, and goofing around in the studio kitchen, Bouchelle, Popper and Blues Traveler drummer Brendan Hill came up with the idea for a TV show in which rock stars gather in the kitchen, and talk about music and touring, while cooking their favorite dishes and jamming on acoustic guitars. Bouchelle hosts “Rock Star Kitchen,” which airs on the Comcast Network from Philadelphia to Virginia. Two other cable networks in the mid-Atlantic region have also picked up the show.
Popper appeared in the pilot episode of “Rock Star Kitchen” and guests that have appeared include Foreigner, Eddie Money, Chubby Checker, Lita Ford, Tonic, Candlebox, Theory of a Deadman, Bowling for Soup, Night Ranger, Peter Mayer from Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band, and others. “We got the highest ratings for original content on (Comcast) network,” Bouchelle said.
Besides Blues Traveler, Bouchelle’s other favorite people to work with have been Bruce Springsteen (as a backup singer), Jon Bon Jovi (her role as backup singer went center-stage after Sugarland’s version of Bon Jovi’s “Who Says You Can’t Go Home?” became a hit on the country and adult contemporary charts) and Meat Loaf (as an opening act).