Who are the writers?
I wrote all the lyrics and brought it to my band, and they helped write and compose all the music, it was definitely a team effort and my guys absolutely killed it on this one!
Who are the performers?
Jarrad Morrissey and Joe Fernandez are the men behind the electric guitars, Curtis Kincaid slappin da bass, Nahuel “Gaucho” Gauna on drums, Caleb Neff with Juniper Recording laid down the keys. I played acoustic and sang with my wife Britney and Jarrad on harmonies.
Where did the idea come from?
It may sound super cliché but I mean it when I say it came to me in a dream! I mean it, I remember the dream vividly, I was on stage at an outdoor music festival singing with Dierks Bentley, who happens to be a huge influence on my music. I woke up and was like DAMN I have to write this down NOW.
What came first, the music, the words, the idea?
The lyrics and melody came first. The first track I showed the band was in a completely different key and had a totally different feel but it didn’t quite match the idea so we brainstormed and made some changes and when we tuned down a whole step and hit the minor D chord that was it!
Is it going to be a part of a larger collection, such as EP or album?
This song will be the first single released off my upcoming EP that is still in the writing process, we have 3 songs ready. I’m going to write 2 more and possibly a cover song for the EP.
Lyrically, what perspective is the song told from?
“Burn” tells the typical story of a man who felt trapped in his hometown, in his relationship, and just life in general. It starts slowly telling the story and transitions into a hard hitting southern-rock ballad, resolving that the man just needed to “get out” and start new.
Were there any challenges while writing it?
I wouldn’t call them challenges, but there’s was a few different ideas about the direction and wondering if we strayed too far from a traditional sound. All in all it’s country, with a little rock to get your blood pumpin’. This is the first song that I really feel captures my own style.
What sets this song apart from your previous work?
The biggest difference is that I was able to record this track entirely with my own guys, minus the keys. It definitely flowed better than my times with session guys. Not to downplay session guy’s importance, but hitting the studio with the guys you make music with on a regular basis adds something that I can’t really explain. Just a great experience.
What sets this song apart from what is being playing on the radio today?
NO SNAP TRACKS. But seriously, this is organic music. Real instruments played by a group of folks who love making music together. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I will never dilute my music to suit Nashville’s current pop-country sound. Even if that means I never get the chance to be a big star.
Will you be releasing a video with this song?
Yes! We are working to on that currently. We might even burn down a house…. Stay tuned y’all.
Thank you to everyone who supports me on this crazy journey, and BIG thanks to Meet Country for giving guys like a me a shot!