As a teenager, what did your career-path look like? Were you chasing your dreams even before you had your driver’s license? Aspirations are quickly becoming a reality for teens Dawson Anderson and sisters Maddie and Emma Salute, members of the country music trio, Temecula Road. Their zeal and talent shine and they are prepared to be the next trio to dominate your playlist. I recently had a chance to sit down with this up-and-coming country trio.
How did you become a band, and where did the name Temecula Road originate?
Dawson: Maddie and Emma have been singing together for years, but the three of us got paired up through our vocal coach. She introduced us, and from then on, we connected.
Emma: Temecula is a town in California, where we all currently live. Dawson was born in North Carolina, but moved to Temecula when he was nine. It’s home for all of us now and the name fit us right.
What sets your group apart from the other popular bands on country radio right now?
Emma: I think the fact that we are younger (15, 16, 17 years old) And the fact that we are from California, so we have that different vibe to us.
Maddie: Right, that ‘California’ vibe.
Emma: Exactly. We didn’t grow up on a 20-acre farm, we grew up, like, 20 miles from the beach. As a group, and with our sound, we reflect that.
I know that you are not only performers, but you are songwriters. Inspiration plays a large role when writing your own music. Which bands/artists are you influenced by?
Emma: Dan+Shay and Florida Georgia Line.
Maddie: Carrie Underwood and Martina McBride.
Dawson: Lady Antebellum, Sam Hunt, and, like Emma, Dan+Shay.
Those are great answers. How do you think that diversity of artist preference affects your sound as Temecula Road?
Emma: Maddie definitely brings more of the “country” sound.
Dawson: I actually think you bring a lot of the “country” sound too, Emma!
Emma: Maddie has the (looking at Maddie) I don’t even know how you do it, but the “power” type voice. (They all laugh and agree).
Dawson: We all bring something different to the table, and it has really worked in our favor.
You were just on tour with Jessie James Decker, playing a great deal of sold out shows. What are your current goals as a band?
Maddie: Definitely to go on tour again soon.
Emma: Yes, that was a lot of fun.
Dawson: We’d also like to get an EP or album out soon!
Finally, what would you like people to know about Temecula Road?
Dawson (to the agreement of Maddie and Emma): We are new, coming to Nashville a lot, we are fun, energetic, young, and we bring three-part harmonies! Our sound is new, ‘California’ country.’”