Interview with 10 A Day Country

Interview with

Singing the National Anthem

Singing the National Anthem

Start by telling us about yourself and how many albums you’ve released.

My story into music began in college. I started playing guitar right before freshman year and absolutely fell in love with it. My first show came, junior year, and after that I was hooked. I knew that performing was something I was made to do. I landed a job and one month after graduation moved to Nashville.

What is the name of your latest album and what inspired it?

Light In The Dark is my debut album and only album, to date. The title has somewhat of a double meaning in that it touches on my story and how I was in a dark place for a period of time. But it was also named for the songs and I hope they are a light for people when they need it.Describe your creative process.

How do the individual tracks and album come together?

All songs, for me, start with an idea. Whether they start with a title, a hook, or a story, for me, they all center around a central idea.

The first single off of Light In The Dark, for example, is ‘Dancing In The Rain’. It’s a fun song, upbeat, and the chorus is pretty simple…repeating ‘dancing in the rain’ a couple of times over. Ultimately though, it’s not about dancing in the rain…it’s about love. It’s a love story about the way the guy feels when he remembers his girl. And when I write any song, I try to hone in on what the song is actually about.What artists and albums have influenced you?Hands down, biggest influence has to be James Taylor. His album, New Moon Shine, is one of my favorites of all time and certainly has had a huge impact on my songwriting.

Garth Brooks has influenced me, a ton, also. The way that he sings/writes/performs…and is really an artist, in the truest sense of the word, has shaped me for sure. I love all of his albums but ‘In Pieces’ is one that I gravitate to quite a bit. I especially love the last track on the album, The Cowboy Song.

What is the best live show you’ve ever seen?

It’s got to be either Garth or Billy Joel. Garth, as everyone knows, is an incredible entertainer and his live show is unparalleled. But when my wife and I saw Billy Joel in Nashville, we were absolutely blown away. The man is incredible and still sounds the same, today, as he did 20 years ago.

What are you working on now? Are you currently touring?

I have finally started writing again. When I was working on Light In The Dark, I didn’t write a lick. I couldn’t, and was just so focused on the project. Now that we’re done, the ideas have been flowing again, which has been fun.

There isn’t an official ‘tour’ on the books yet. I’ve got close to twenty dates on the calendar with more coming soon, but we haven’t announced a traditional tour yet. Hopefully soon, though.

Do you have any advice for other aspiring artists?

One thing I have learned, is that it is so important to be yourself. Don’t try to be the next George Strait or Garth Brooks or whoever. Be you. I would tell them too that you better be ready to bust it or it ain’t happening. The creative life is not for the faint of heart, so be ready for a long road. If you love it though, it’s totally worth it.

What are you currently listening to?

Lately, it’s been a lot of John MayerBen RectorMatt Wertz and guys like that. For country stuff, I’d say I’ve been really digging what TEric Church has been doing.

What’s next for you as an artist?

Starting work on the next project. Already got two or three songs in the works with a few pages of ideas to pull from, so I’m excited to see what comes out.

We’re hoping to book 100 dates from when the record was released, so we’re working towards that and just continuing to play.

If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and were only allowed to bring 3 albums with you, which ones would you bring?

I think I’ve kind of already let the cat out of the bag with my previous answers, but I’d have to say

New Moon Shine – James Taylor, Garth Brooks – In Pieces, and…probably Honkytonkville – George Strait.