Roots Run Deep
It's the smell of fresh coffee first thing in the morning. The way the sky looks as the sun begins to rise where you feel a sense of peace and content. It's that feeling of home. That's what being on stage is for me. When I grab my guitar and start singing a song I know that this is where I'm suppose to be, sharing a song and a moment with my fans.
I can remember the first concert I had ever been to like it was yesterday. My parents brought me to see Nashville superstar Martina McBride. What a voice!!! Her command of the stage and crowd inspired me. The way her lyrics connected with her fans amazed me. All I could do was stand there in Awe and think to myself, that's what I want to be able to do one day.
My Mom and Uncle would play guitar and sing songs at family gatherings when I was younger and seeing them having fun sharing their gift of music made me want to be a part of that. Every once in a while I'd sneak my Mom's guitar downstairs to my room and learn a few chords.
It was in high school where me and two buddies started our first band called “Blind Hem”. We played cover songs from Blink 182, Green Day, Goldfinger and other punk rock bands. We weren't very good but that's when I knew I wanted to be a part of this crazy business called music.
Having worked construction one summer I had saved up enough money to buy a new electric guitar. In the fall we travelled to the city to attend my Great Uncle's funeral. He was a huge country music fan and played guitar at all our family functions. When my Dad and I went to the music store to buy my new electric guitar for some reason I was drawn to the acoustic guitar section, something inside of me was telling me Country Music was my calling. A couple strums of that Takamine acoustic guitar an I was sold. I felt I had found my voice. Country Music!!!
Fast forward a decade, 4 albums, several music industry awards and nominations, CMT videos, concert tours and countless experiences along the way and I still feel that hunger and passion to play Country music as much now as I did back then.
Music has become a way of life for me. It's my way of making a difference in someone’s life thru a song by telling stories and sharing emotions. Being on the road with my band and sharing my music is something that I enjoy more and more everyday. It's my family. Sometimes things can get a little crazy with, appearances, interviews and performances, or cramming every corner of the vehicle with gear and merchandise, but I wouldn't trade it in for anything.
But perhaps even more importantly than all of that, is YOU, the listener, that makes all of it matter.
Being part of this musical journey has been an amazing experience and I hope that you are part of that journey as it continues & evolves.
I wanted to share a song with you now called "Not Just the Beer Talkin". It was one of my first songs I released to Country Music Radio. I guess you could say I was influenced to write this one from hanging out in my moms bar from time to time. Hope you enjoy it!
Thank you for listening and for making music matter.
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