Getting to Know…Dustin Hensley

Check out Dustin’s brand new single out today titled “If I’m Bein’ Honest”! 

What’s your favorite kind of sandwich?
Turkey on wheat.  All day errday.

The Beatles or Elvis? Why?
Elvis. Because he was secretly super tortured and weird and I’m secretly super tortured and weird. I could unpack that a lot more, but it would get real dark real quick haha.

Lyrics to live by?
“Decide what to be, and go be it.”
Avett Brothers – Head Full Of Doubt / Road Full Of Promise
And anything from Ja Rule.

“Desert Island” album?
Lee Ann Womack – There’s More Where That Came From

What country music artists do you listen to the most?
Ehhh. It’s different every day.  Always blaring the Sam Hunt – Montevallo record. The new Pistol Annies record is fantastic. Looking at my “recently played” on my phone –  Maren Morris, Mitchell Tenpenny, LANco, Brothers Osborne, Kacey Musgraves…Lately been spending way too much time watching YouTube videos of 80’s and early 90’s country. Kenny Rogers, Conway, Crystal Gayle, Barbara Mandrell, etc. Dottie West. I really feel like I need a rhinestone jumpsuit like Conway sported. Their shows we’re so theatrical and creative. I wanna do that with mine. Always wanted to be Billy Ray Cyrus when I grew up and I knew all the line dances when I was younger. ‘Twas a simpler time haha.

How do you see country music evolving within 10 years?
You know, people seem to really be dogging country now of how it’s “too pop” or “not country.” 1) I’m so bored with that topic. It’s so tired to me.  2) Everything has to evolve, so let it.
Garth was “too pop.” So was Waylon. So was Shania. And now that’s what some folks hold to the “what’s country” standard. Now, that’s not to say you can hold a banana and pass it off as a watermelon, but you can branch out and challenge yourself with different sounds and melodies. I think there’s room for all of it.

Where do you see your musical career in 5 years?
Perfect world, playing stadiums in some capacity, being in cheesy Hallmark Christmas movies, and having more tabloid stories than I know what to do with. Also would appreciate a few stalkers. That’s when you know you’ve made it.

Are there any instruments you don’t play but wish you did? Why?
There’s nothing more lonesome sounding than a steel guitar, so I’m drawn to that for sure. I don’t know if I could sit still long enough for that or not. Definitely on the bucket list, though.  And the banjo. I want to get really proficient at it.

What was the best advice you have received?
Don’t squat with your spurs on.

What advice would you give to yourself at the start of your musical career?
Get a real job.
Kidding. Sort of.
Uh. Probably not to take everything to heart. It’s business. Nothing is personal. Which is such a cluster (bleep) because when you’re an artist, your work is personal. Remember the ones who were there from day one, and don’t pay attention to the rest. Love those that are there for you, and most importantly love yourself. You’re the only one there is.

Where does most of your inspiration come from?
I just really like attention.
Also, kidding. Sort of.
I get inspired from everything. Music has always been my first love. But my friends and situations they’re dealing with, family shenanigans, other music I hear. My brain is constantly a mess because I’m always thinking of lyrics or melodies.

What do you consider to be your biggest achievement in your career so far?
I used to be really upset that I’ve had a lot of “almosts” and haven’t “made it” yet. Whatever that means. But that’s also an achievement. I’ve done a lot of cool things and had a lot of opportunities – more than most people get, and especially more than what happens for people who are from where I’m from. I’ve been very fortunate and I’m really excited about where I am, and the future.

What’s on the horizon for you that you would like to share?
Man, I’m just going day by day. My head doc says that I overthink and am a perfectionist. And he’s right.  I’m never satisfied. But this past year and a half I’ve done a lot of work on myself on being present and appreciating what I have. Gratitude, man. It changes everything. I have the best people around me, and that’s a huge blessing right there. Most people don’t have the support that I have. So I just plan on continuing to work hard and release all this music that I’m so proud of and I hope the world loves it as much as I do. Things are good.

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