With her 2016 single, “Drinking With Dolly” cementing her status as one to watch, Rebel Engine recording artist Stephanie Quayle is kicking off the summer in style with her newest single, “Winnebago.” An infectious tune that begs you to get in your Winnie and hit the road, Quayle, in partnership with Kampgrounds Of America (KOA), Winnebago and Polaroid, will live out the lyrics to the song as she crisscrosses the U.S. on her Winnebago Tour: Powered By The RV Loft, performing at KOA locations nationwide, making stops at each of the national cities and landmarks name-checked in the song including Buffalo, the Hoover Dam, Mt. Rushmore, the Golden Gate Bridge, and more. A couple of days after her first-ever NYC show, Quayle called from her Winnebago to talk about the song, tour, and more.
We last spoke in 2015, and since then it seems like things have really been taking off for you.
It’s just full steam ahead. Last year was so monumental with “Drinking With Dolly." It's a song that really set the stage for us in a beautiful way and will always be the song I think of as the beginning of everything. I’ve got to play that song all over the country and live tv, and I hope it is a song that becomes a Quayle classic for the rest of my days.
It seems that every step forward we take is more than just another step forward. It’s like hundreds of steps, so now we just want to keep it up and give the fans the best, from the live performance to the record, and more.
Co-written by Phil Barton, Victoria Banks, Lindsay Rimes, and Emily Shackelton, your new single, “Winnebago,” is the perfect song for the summertime. What drew you to it and made you want to record it?
The first time I heard the song it immediately put a smile on my face. Growing up in Montana, every summer my grandparents would put us in the RV and take off to Minnesota; so when I heard this song it took me back to those memories, plus it’s also a song that makes you want to experience America.
What’s wild is while we recorded it and knew it was going to be on the album, it only came to be a single when we saw the reaction of the fans as we performed it over the past year and a half. The first time we played the song we did it acoustic in Charlotte, NC and by the end of the first chorus, everyone was smiling and singing along. It’s so great to be able to sing the song on the road in places like the top of the Empire State Building, which we got to do the other day.
That must have been incredible! How did that come about?
It’s super rare that they allow a musical guest up there, but it was one of those perfect storms where everything lined up. And it was completely bonkers because even though I’ve been to NYC, I’ve never been to the Empire State Building, which is one of our most iconic treasures. It was a lot to process, and I was just trying to take every slice of it in while it happened. When I mentioned going out on tour in a Winnebago and living the song, I don’t think I quite realized what that meant - it was wild.
What an experience!
The Winnebago Tour is another thing that seems to have lined up perfectly as well.
When you think of Winnebago, you think of so many things that bring a smile to your face. We talked about how cool it would be to live this song going from New York to the Golden Gate and when we started to build the tour it all came together beautifully. The first to come on board and sponsor the Winnebago was the RV Loft out of Georgia, then KOA came on board, as did Polaroid and Summerfield Farms who are supplying the food on the road. We’re in a big Winnebago, and behind us we have a tow-able Minnie-Winnie which is just the coolest way to tour and see the country.
During the tour, you’ll show your appreciation to the citizens who work hard to make this country great by performing surprise pop-up shows throughout the tour to support the local communities’ fire and police departments, military bases such as Fort Bragg, and various charitable organizations. What spurred you to give back in this way?
My family lives by the saying “the giver receives and the receiver gives” and when you give back it is such a great gift. Music is our vessel and we love putting smiles on people’s faces, giving them refuge for some time, and taking them out of whatever they’re going through. There’s nothing greater. It’s a true blessing to take the music straight to the fans and interact with them on so many levels
One of the songs on the new album is “I’ve Got Your Six” which is a military term for I’ve got your back - but it means much more than that in that community. It’s a special song that tells servicemen and woman that there’s not a day that goes by that we don’t think about them. We want to make sure they know they’re always thought of and how grateful we are for their service and to their families. Supporting the people who serve is something I've always done and I will always do.
It’s an admirable thing to do for those who do so much for us.
You mentioned that you teamed up with Polaroid. So, should fans look for photos from the road?
Polaroid’s involvement rolls back to before we shot the video. I had their instant camera with me on my radio tour and I took pictures at all of the stations, then we then strung them in the Winnebago for the video. What we’re doing on this tour is taking photos and capturing moments that we’ll then share on Instagram, Snapchat, and other social media.
Polaroid and Winnebago are such nostalgic and iconic brands. I think it’s cool to bridge the RV community with Polaroid and Winnebago, two companies who truly speak to the travel lifestyle and the people who want to take it all in.
You mentioned you’re traveling around in your Winnebago, which is incredibly neat. Does it have the green shag carpet as described in the song?
Good work! But there’s no green carpet in this one. However, we shot the video for the song in this vintage 1982 Winnebago that not only had green carpet in it, but the truck tire on the back had a cover with quail birds on it! We knew right then that it was a sign that it was the Winnebago for the video. In fact, I might have weaseled my way to getting that tire cover (laughing).
Currently, there’s a lyric video available. When will fans get to see the official video?
The video is coming out in the next couple of weeks. I cannot wait for people to see it. My dog, a Chihuahua/Papillion mix is in the video wearing a Hawaiian shirt. It’s great!
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Quayle has teamed up with Polaroid who will be sharing photos of her adventures on the tour through Polaroid-owned social media channels. Fans can follow Quayle along on her journey via the Polaroid Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter pages (@Polaroid). KOA will also be featuring Facebook LIVE videos to chronicle Quayle’s appearances at each of their campsites. Exclusive content will be posted across Quayle’s own social media platforms where fans will have a chance to watch live impromptu performances at various tourist attractions across the nation and may enter to win select prize packages (#WinnebagoSQ).