What’s your favorite kind of sandwich?
#10 at Jimmy Johns no mayo. Or any cheesesteak, I’m a sucker for a good cheesesteak.
The Beatles or Elvis? Why?
Tough question. I think I’d say the Beatles. From a musical perspective their influence has rippled through all genres of music. They have such a huge footprint on the music that we still hear today that it would be hard not to go with them.
Lyrics to live by?
Everything Eric Church’s ever written. Some favorites are “Sinners Like Me” and from the new record “Some of It” and “Monsters”. They are lyrical masterpieces. Having a little boy this year made Monsters a really cool new perspective that I haven’t been able to appreciate until I became a dad. On a side, that’s my favorite thing in music. As our own person changes so does how we connect and what we connect with.
Daddy, check my closet, leave on the bathroom light
I smile and say “All clear” when I tuck him in for the night
But Daddy, I’m still scared, can I sleep with you instead?
I kneel down beside my little man and I bow my head
Anymore when a restless feelin’ keeps me up at night
Fallin’ on my knees is my new turnin’ on the light
I keep my faith intact, make sure my prayers are said
‘Cause I’ve learned that the monsters ain’t the ones beneath the bed
I’ve learned that the monsters ain’t underneath the bed
“Desert Island” album?
“Long Trip Alone” Dierks Bentley circa 2006. I think it’s fitting for being on a desert island alone. Also to this day one of my favorite bunch of Dierks tunes.
What country music artists do you listen to the most?
Dierks, Church, Jon Pardi, Gary Allan.
How do you see country music evolving within 10 years?
I think, as a whole the genre lines will continue to be blurred throughout all music. Which is really cool. I think it’s pretty special that just inside of “Country” music we have guys like Sam Hunt, and Josh Turner. Same genre but nowhere close to the same interpretation of “Country”. From a business perspective I think there’s going to be a resurgence in the importance of albums but as more of a full media experience. Music, videos, and socials all as part of an experience versus individual pieces. I think some of that has already started to happen.
Where do you see your musical career in 5 years?
I’d love to see us have a couple charted songs and be on tour with the big guns. We’ve had some pretty great stuff to build on in 2018 and just looking forward to seeing where that snowball continues to build.
Are there any instruments you don’t play but wish you did? Why?
Banjo. No doubt. It is the coolest instrument but somehow it’s impossible for me to play. I can’t wrap my head around the way it works.
What was the best advice you have received?
I think the best advice has been, that everything is a process. Its ok to take time and execute on a high level versus rushing to get out more. Better to have one of something your proud of than a bunch that are meh.
Where does most of your inspiration come from?
Most of my inspiration especially in songwriting is just my life. I think that’s the beauty of being a songwriter is we get to mold these experiences that are specifically existing in your own life into something relatable for all. Family is really important to me obviously my wife is a huge inspiration and now everything I’ve been doing lately is inspired by our little boy. Just a complete perspective change and something that has carried through in music.
What do you consider to be your first big break in your career so far?
This past EP “Right Here” has been pretty special, specifically seeing “Fill It Up” on the Music Row Chart. We’ve been able to get out in front of a much bigger audience and play for more people as a result. It’s crazy to see the support from secondary radio and streaming platforms like Spotify for it. It’s a bit of validation to move on to the next project and try to push everything to the next level. As far as experiences, Big Butler Fair was pretty awesome this year. Definitely the largest crowd we’ve been in front of and just seeing the fans support for what we’re doing is pretty neat.
What’s on the horizon for you that you would like to share?
We’re currently in the process of recording some new music for 2019 and setting up a regional run which should be pretty cool. I’m really excited about the new stuff and can’t wait to get it out.