I am very excited about getting to interview Chris Bullard. While I was visiting Nashville in November 2018, Chris was one of few performers I had the chance to see live. My party and I were eating at Jason Aldean’s bar in Broadway when Chris and his band set up. I saw the restaurant literally transform from restaurant to venue. Chris’ show is very energetic and entertaining. I can definitely say I saw some of his influences (see below) in his live show!
What’s your favorite kind of sandwich?
My absolute favorite sandwich is the “Turkey Avocado” sandwich from Mitchell’s Deli here in Nashville! That place is the best place in town for a sandwich.
The Beatles or Elvis? Why?
I mean, why not both?! For me, I’ve always been more of Beatles listener but ya can’t beat “The King.”
Lyrics to live by?
This is tough! So many good ones. For this I’ll have to go to “King George.”
“I ain’t here for a long time I’m here for a good time
So bring on some sunshine, to hell with the red wine
Pour me some moonshine
When I am gone put it in stone, he left nothing behind’
I ain’t here for a long time
I’m here for a good time”
The reason I chose these lyrics is because I think in today’s times we take things way too seriously. For me, I like to look at life a bit outta of focus and appreciate the big picture for what it actually is. We aren’t promised tomorrow so have a good time in the day you’re livin’ in right now.
“Desert Island” album?
Ugh, this question is friggin’ tough. Can it be a burnt CD? Honestly, I’m a fan of MUSIC but if I had to listen to one record over and over again it’d have to be, “Continuum” by John Mayer.
What country music artists do you listen to the most?
Chris Stapleton, Keith Urban, Wade Bowen, Randy Rogers, Eric Church, George Straight, Garth Brooks, Brooks & Dunn, Josh Thompson, Morgan Wallen, HARDY.
How would you describe your “sound”?
I pull from a lot of pop/rock/country influences. Growing up in the 90’s I listened to everything from Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Third Eye Blind, all the way to Garth Brooks, Dwight Yoakam and George Strait. And not to mention all the great Hip Hop from that era like Bone Thugs, Dr Dre, Snoop and 2Pac. In short, my sound is a blend of all those influences.
Where do you see your musical career in 5 years?
In 5 years my prayer is to have a publishing/record deal and tour the world playing music. Till then I am continually sharpening my skills as a song writer and entertainer.
Are there any instruments you don’t play but wish you did? Why?
I’d love to learn how to play the fiddle. They have such a beautiful tone and to be able to harness that would be amazing.
What was the best advice you have received?
When I first moved to Nashville, 7 years ago, Ashley Gorley gave me some amazing words of wisdom. He said, “Don’t quit. Just don’t quit. I wasn’t the most talented writer in the room but I didn’t quit! Keep going and you’ll end up where you wanna be.”
What advice would you give to yourself at the start of your musical career?
Know that you will never “arrive!” Always be developing your craft. Take lessons! Even if you’ve played and sang your entire life, go take a lesson and learn more. Because the truth is we never truly arrive. There’s always something new to learn and get better at.
Where does most of your inspiration come from?
Honestly, God. I try to create something from nothing every day. The way I figure it is He’s pretty good at creating something from nothing so why not draw some inspiration from the big guy.
What do you consider to be your biggest achievement in your career so far?
I’ve been fortunate to travel all over the country playing music for a living and that in of itself deserves all my gratitude. If I had to pick one thing though it’d be opening for Maren Morris. What a blessing it was to share the stage with such talent.
What’s on the horizon for you that you would like to share?
I’m currently working on my 2nd record. I’ve been writing with some of the best in Nashville for the last 3 years and I’m itching to get this new music out into the world! In the meantime, you can see me “paying my dues” down on Broadway 4 nights a week at Whiskey Row, Luke Bryan’s and Jason Aldeans.