Basically I’m looking forward to looking back and seeing the real growth I’ve made with this new direction and renewed focus on social media. Then I’ll start planning to take it to the next level. In other words: taking the shots.
Interview by Jacqueline Jax
host of A.V.A Live Radio
Singer/guitar-slinger and Lifestyle Cowboy. Music that’s a full-bodied serving of smooth, modern country flavor but without all the bro or a twangy aftertaste.
I’ve really been trying to focus on writing music that other people want to hear and relate to and not making music for myself. I also understand that people like songs that are an upbeat escape from daily life.
Inner Cowgirl is my attempt to capture the empowerment of modern women, especially Southern women. Southern women especially seem to embrace their femininity. They can go from being professional and getting their hands dirty — sometimes literally on the farm — to full-on glamour, and make no apologies for either one. Which is how it should be. So you can let your inner cowgirl out as a release, or channel her strength when you need it.
is far and away my favorite singer and I think he has one of the best voices in the business. I don’t want to sound exactly like him (or could I) but my voice is a bit similar in tone color and range, so if I could even get close to what he can do–that would be winning for me. Also his songs are radio-friendly without being too trendy.
is also a big influence for me musically. He writes music for the people and he can’t seem to put out a bad song. I also like guitar riffs and solos, and Keith’s style is very melodic and smooth, which resonates with me.
My songwriting process is I write in spurts when I feel the creativity, and not try to push it. In that way I rarely have problems with writer’s block. I also try to stick to proven song structures because–you know–they’re proven and people like that familiarity.
As far as production, I am fortunate to have technical skills and mixing experience which give me the freedom to produce my own stuff. I can take my time in my home studio tracking vocals and guitars. A lot of pros are doing it this way because of how the Internet and apps have opened up so many options. When I need something I can’t do like drums or female background vocals, I can easily go outside for those parts. I am thinking of using a studio to do a couple of songs this year, but the former is my preferred process.
For recording I use decent quality mics and a Mackie mixer but I don’t obsess on the gear. I use Presonus Studio One as my Digital Audio Workstation, which I love and I use it on a Mac.
I spend most of my time wishing I had more time, to work on my musical goals.Seriously, when I’m not working my day job or involved with my music, I like to go out on the town for live music and/or craft beer. I also do some Netflix and Chill with my wife. But otherwise I like to minimize my TV watching and I don’t watch much sports because I can use the time for more productive things. Similarly, I don’t do sports, but I do work out regularly to stay in shape because it makes everything else in life better.
I now believe that by focusing on my online presence as THE goal, not a side effort I can play to my strengths more and also reach the people I really want to connect with.
2. “Embrace The Slash”. There is a longstanding belief that you’re not a success until you quit the “day job”. If you can, that’s great. But guess what? Even stars have other sources of revenue: clothing lines, perfume, etc. So be a waitress/songwriter or web developer/singer and own that.3. “Don’t rely on the gatekeepers.” If you want to make music, take out your smartphone and record a song. If you want to make a TV show, take out a camera and make YouTube videos. There–now you have your own TV show. We have never had more control as creators than we do now.