Lindsay Ell: CMT Next Women of Country Live Exclusive

Singer-Songwriter and Guitar Master Becomes a Victim of Love in “Criminal”

Let’s finally put to bed this notion that to be a world-class guitarist, you have to be a guy. And Lindsay Ell is one of the women to dispel the myth.

Ell’s guitar skills rank right up there with her singing and songwriting, which all combined have her journeying down her own path on Music Row.

She’s definitely a triple threat and a master of melodies and musical hooks.

Let this performance of “Criminal” for CMT Next Women of Country Live be entered into the court as evidence. Once the song gets through the first chorus, you’ll be singing along right there with her as she confesses she’s become a victim of a love so strong, it’s positively criminal … and making her want to break the law herself.

That pure and sweet vocal tone and clever use of imagery and play on words are what makes her songs so catchy and lovable — and on constant repeat for her fans.

To meet Ell is to be struck by her beauty and grace. Yes, she’s immensely talented, but she’s also incredibly humble, despite being able to bust out a blues/rock guitar lick in the vein of influences like Stevie Ray Vaughan or Buddy Guy.

CMT’s latest series of Next Women Country Live exclusive performances will wrap up in the coming days with Courtney Cole, Cassadee Pope and Tara Thompson.

Samantha is a country radio insider with a deep love for the music and its stars. She can often be found on a red carpet or at a late-night guitar pull.