What’s your favorite kind of sandwich?
Got to be Pastrami, but recently I’ve been loving a good Turkey Avocado!
The Beatles or Elvis? Why?
Elvis, all the way!!! I absolutely love the rockabilly sound from Sun Records! The early Elvis records are so cool. I love the very percussive acoustic guitar and tick tack electric guitar and how they melded together!
Lyrics to live by?
“Mama ain’t a shrink, Daddy ain’t a bank, and God ain’t a wishing well” from Eric Church, Jeff Hyde, Clint Daniels and Bobby Pinson. I’m all about the perspective of living life finding how to help other people and not take from them. Especially getting out of the mindset of treating God like a means to an end.
“Desert Island” album?
Eric Church- Chief. That record just captures a snapshot of my life like nothing else and it made want to write great songs.
What country music artists do you listen to the most?
Currently Kasey Musgraves and George Strait!
How would you describe your “sound”?
I think of my sound as what country could have evolved into after the 90’s. Not trying to be super traditional but taking enough influence from it to still be respected by traditionalists.
Where do you see your musical career in 5 years?
In five years, I’ll be a well respected writer among my peers and have a core group of die hard fans who just want to hear great songwriting!
Are there any instruments you don’t play but wish you did? Why?
I went through a phase in high school where I learned a little bit on banjo, mandolin, violin, bass and dulcimer. But I don’t particularly play any of them well. I would love to be a well rounded mandolin player. I love the Appalachian vibe it gives country music as well as the subtle percussive element!
What was the best advice you have received?
Play with groove. A good friends of mine called me out on that a couple years ago and it’s been brutally fantastic becoming self aware of my own rhythm playing. But it’s been so great to grow in my musicianship.
What advice would you give to yourself at the start of your musical career?
Get good at social media!!! It’ll make or break your career in this day and age.
Where does most of your inspiration come from?
I love taking a single phrase or a hook and building the rest of a song around that idea. Often times I’ll create two characters in my mind and write about how those two would interact with each other. A lot of my songwriting is from the perspective of a broken man trying to better himself, even if the topic isn’t one of my own demons.
What do you consider to be your biggest achievement in your career so far?
I got to pitch my song “The Man God Saved Me From” to Daryle Singletary just before he passed away last year. Obviously nothing came of it, but I was just proud to have my song heard by such a well respected artist.
What’s on the horizon for you that you would like to share?
I’ve got a new acoustic single coming out in the coming weeks. A song called “Why Can’t I”!!!! It’ll be on Spotify, iTunes, and Apple Music, and I’ll be sharing the video on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube!!! I’m announcing the release date this week on social media!!!