What got you interested in country music?
A) I grew up in a great era of Country music (and all genres really) in the early 90s. The material that artists like Brooks and Dunn, Clint Black, Alan Jackson, Garth Brooks, and Diamond Rio were doing really stuck with me throughout. While I originally got started with my music career in the alt-rock scene, my roots were always in the country/honky-tonk sound, So when I finally launched a solo venture it was nice to be able to tap into those early influences.
What are the struggles of trying to make it in the country music world?
A) Theres a ton of competition out there, and so many sub-genres. Country is booming right now so you have tons of artists crossing over on top of whats already a very crowded house. Often times you will get written off as just another dude, so theres definitely an uphill battle to stand out.
Where do you find your inspiration?
A) I draw from various instances. Sometimes its personal experience or somethin I observe 3rd party. Sometimes a tag line will come to me and I’ll run with that. Other times its a cross of all 3 with a little semi-fictional embellishment! Its always storytelling music though, so it can come from anywhere.
What’s the most memorable experience so far in your career?
A) For the country project, itd be hard to beat the first CMA Fest I played in Nashville. When I recorded the solo album I was really just doing it for me, it never crossed my mind itd reach the level it did so fast. So inside of a year of releasing the record to be playing at Nashville’s biggest week was pretty cool.
Best venue you’ve played at?
A) Hard to pick a best, the southeast has a ton of cool venues and we’ve been fortunate so far to hit several of them. I’d have to give a nod to the ones within a couple of hours of here though, if for no other reason that I can sleep in my own bed!
How would you describe your music style?
A) Its definitely a country-rock crossover, with elements of early 90s and traditional country peppered in.
If you could go on tour with anyone who would it be?
A) Dwight Yoakam. No doubt!
Can you tell us about your Better late than Never album?
A) As I mentioned before, The Better Late album was something I did just on the side to explore some of my early influences. It ended up consisting of 7 songs that ranged from rock-country to 90’/traditional style. We shot a video from a festival for Along for the Ride and I plan to do one for Better Late Than Never soon.
What’s your song writing process?
A)It varies, sometimes the chorus hook comes first, sometimes its just a lyric or an idea, other times theres a musical piece that kicks it off. I rarely write standalone songs though, I’ll go months without writing one and then out of nowhere I’ll have 3 or 4 at the same time. I never try to force it though. I feel like you can tell when you force-write vs letting it come to you naturally.
What’s coming up from you and what can we expect in the future?
A) I have a pretty exciting slate for the year. Aside from the performance schedule which is expanding more an more, I also have a 2nd EP in the works that is on target for a late spring early summer release as well as an acoustic album that will feature stripped down takes of songs from the 2 records as well as songs from my alt rock days, and a few covers as well. That one will likely be in the fall.