Monday, February 22, 2010
Sebastian recently released a six-song EP from Open Road/Lofton Creek Records titled V.I.P. She co-wrote four of the six tracks, and the title track, “Barefoot Girl V.I.P.,” hints to her small town roots.
Sebastian grew up in tiny Hebron, North Dakota, in a home filled with music. Her father played guitar and fiddle, her mother played bass, and both were singers. Her younger brother played drums, and she took piano lessons as a child.
“Ever since I was little I put on shows in the living room and tried to perform,” she said.
Sebastian loves traveling and building a following one fan at a time. She’s equally at ease in the city and the country, and now calls Nashville home. Here at MontanaFair, she’s not far from her hometown, but her hectic touring schedule has taken her to concert halls, county fairs and juke-joints across the country.
"It's the smiles on people's faces that keep me going," Sebastian said.
Sebastian and her band Breakaway have opened for Taylor Swift, Phil Vassar, Sugarland, The Oak Ridge Boys, Don Williams and Emerson Drive. In addition to her original tunes, she covers country music hits by artists ranging from Trick Pony to Patsy Cline. Her popularity has her returning for a second appearance at MontanaFair.
Gwen Sebastian and Breakaway will play daily on the Pond Stage at 4, 6:15 and 8:30 p.m.