MEET…Andrew Chastain

What’s your favorite kind of sandwich?
Hmmm…I’d have a hard time picking just one haha, it changes depending on what I’m in the mood for I guess. Today I would opt out from the original bologna and cheese and go with a Chicken Parm as my favorite.

The Beatles or Elvis? Why?
Elvis. I grew up hearing my Grandma talk about him, listen to him and watch his video tapes (I think most people’s grandma’s had a thing for Elvis back in the day haha). He was a country boy, an innovator and a dreamer, I like to think I can relate.

Lyrics to live by?
I’m gonna quote my own writing here from a song called “Roots” and go with “Know where you’re going boy, and don’t forget your roots.” Meaning a few different things depending on how you look at it, but all applicable to my life particular. Know where you’re going, what’s in front of you, be aware and prepare for the future, during this life and the next. Know where you’ve been, remember the lessons you’ve been taught and things you’ve seen, remember the people and places you’ve came from and that helped you grow.

“Desert Island” album?
That’s a tough one, can’t I just take an mp3 player!? If I had to choose one…today I think it would be the Steel Woods’ latest album “Old News.” Good stuff on there, good covers originals, writing, vocals, guitar playing…that would be my pick today (it’ll change tomorrow).

What country music artists do you listen to the most?
I don’t know that I listen to one particular artist the “most” overall, but I definitely go through phases of discovering new artists and playing them a whole lot. Some of my go to listening artists over the past couple of years have been, Randy Rogers Band, Whiskey Myers, Brent Cobb, Tyler Childers and I could keep on going.

How would you describe your “sound”?
I hear the term “Carolina Clay” a lot, which is basically a blend of Red Dirt, Southern Rock, Americana, Bluegrass, and a little Folk, that sounds about right to me.

Where do you see your musical career in 5 years?
Hopefully still paying my bills, allowing me to play shows, write new material, and making a positive impact on the world and people’s lives.

Are there any instruments you don’t play but wish you did? Why?
I’ve always liked the dobro, never spent much time trying to learn but it has the ability to turn up the corners of my mouth when I hear somebody really going to town on one.

What was the best advice you have received?
I’m gonna refer to an age old southern/Appalachian saying and go with “Don’t get too big for your britches.” To me, that means don’t let pride make you lose sight of your humility, and to remember your mortality in the sight of God and your fellow man.

What advice would you give to yourself at the start of your musical career?
Inspiration comes to those who “do.” Don’t sit around waiting for things to happen, focus on the work, enjoy the advantages and the good times but don’t let your focus linger on the distractions for too long.

Where does most of your inspiration come from?
In short, life. Observing things that we all deal with and experience and expressing my views on those things through words and melodies.

What do you consider to be your biggest achievement in your career so far?
I would have to say opening a sold out Hank Williams JR show last April with my guys will be a tough one to beat, but we will in time!!

What’s on the horizon for you that you would like to share?
NEW MUSIC!! The downtime and months of canceled gigs in 2020 has definitely been trying, but has also given me some much needed time for writing new songs, we’re excited for ya’ll to hear what we’ve been working on…stay tuned.

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