Classically country

Young musician looks to classic country for inspiration

Young musician looks to classic country for inspiration

June 18, 2009|By ABIGAIL YEAGER / Special to The Herald-Mail

Elaini Arthur might be young, but she is inspired by the classics.

By classics, the 14-year-old country singer means Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn.

"Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn each have a unique style that is lasting and has brought a lot to so many people," said Elaini, of Hollidaysburg, Pa. "I guess that is what I want to accomplish with my music -- for it to be lasting and to leave people with something."

Elaini will perform at the Smithsburg Fire Company Carnival at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 23, along with Night Drive.

Elaini also writes her own songs.

"I have been writing and, something new, co-writing a few songs with a songwriter in Nashville for my new recordings." she said. "Co-writing is fun. Since I live in Pennsylvania and he is in Tennessee, we write over the phone and (use a) webcam."


Elaini's first album, "From the Heart," was released by Jim McCoy's Troubadour Records in Berkeley Springs, W.Va. She is currently working on her second album.

The passion she has for country music started when she was 5 and heard her first Patsy Cline song. Elaini has taught herself how to play a variety of instruments, including autoharp, mandolin, guitar and banjo. Currently, she is teaching herself the fiddle.

Elaini is also very excited about the upcoming Smithsburg Carnival.

"In Smithsburg, I will be singing with the country band Night Drive. They are awesome and I am so lucky to have them with me," she said. "(It's) gonna be a lot of fun!"

If you go ...

WHAT: Elaini Arthur performance during the Smithsburg Carnival

WHEN: 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 23

WHERE: The carnival grounds near the firehouse, on the stage.

COST: The entertainment is free, but the rides cost $15 for the entire night

CONTACT: Go to or call 301-824-2889

MORE: Visit Elaini's Web site at

Q&A with Elaini Arthur

Who are your role models?

Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn. Also, Jim McCoy.

Why Jim McCoy?

I look at him as one of my role models because I have learned so much from just being around him, like never to give up on my dream, to keep learning, and to help people whenever I can.

Jim also has a great sense of humor. I am kind of a perfectionist and from being around Jim I have learned to just be myself and have fun.

What is your family like?

They're really nice. I have two brothers, my older brother plays the bass for me sometimes. (My parents) help me a lot with traveling. My mom helps me with practicing.

What is your least favorite part of performing?

Nothing. I just love country music and I like the stories the songs tell.

What is a story that one of your songs tells?

"Opry Show on the Radio" is about performers. Like Patsy Cline.

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