Getting to Know… Clay Thrash Q and A:
What’s your favorite kind of sandwich?
Probably a chopped brisket sandwich.
The Beatles or Elvis? Why?
Elvis. My great grandmother was a big Elvis fan so I listened to a lot of Elvis when I was little, so I was pretty obsessed with him as a young kid. The first song I ever learned on the guitar was an Elvis song. The guy had a crazy presence about him and he was very charitable as well.
What country music artists do you listen to the most?
I like Brett Eldredge a lot right now probably because he has some pretty deep tunes for a mainstream guy and he can SING. Radney Foster will always be a favorite. Anyone who knows me knows that about me.
How do you see country music evolving within 10 years?
It’s hard to say. It’s definitely leaning to the pop side right now. I like catchy pop stuff, but sometimes it goes too far. I enjoy hooky singable songs as much as anyone, but hopefully we can reign in the hip hop, super pop stuff. That stuff has it’s place but…yeah.
Are there any instruments you don’t play but wish you did? Why?
Piano. I think it would make me a better writer and be able to create stronger melodies.I haven’t given up on the idea.
When writing songs where do you find your inspiration?
The things people say. People will say stuff without even knowing it’s great or that it could be a great title. I like taking old great melodies from old Motown or rock and roll stuff from years ago and reworking them and making them my own.
What do you consider to be your first big break in your career so far?
Definitely getting a record deal. And good radio promo.
What’s on the horizon for you that you would like to share?
I can tell you that I want to continue growing as a writer. The next record has to be on a whole other level than my first release in both production and songs. Also, working to grow as a vocalist. I always thought you can only ‘sing as well as you can sing’ so to speak, but that’s not true. One can definitely hone in on being a better vocalist. Career wise I’d like to continue getting my name out everywhere and achieve mainstream success as either a writer, an artist or hopefully both!
Thank you Clay for taking the time to answer these questions for RockMeetsCountry.com! You can purchase Clay Thrash’s self-titled album on iTunes. Clay’s music offers a different tone and approach to country music writing. True to his word, he pulls inspiration from different genres but his output is true to country music.
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