When did you first know that you wanted to be a musician?
I always loved music, but it didn’t occur to me that I could do this for a living until I was about seventeen or eighteen. I started playing guitar, writing and singing my stuff within that time frame, and shortly after, I ventured out to play a writer’s night to give it a shot. It was at Rolling Oaks Sports Bar & Grill in San Antonio, TX. The people loved it and were so nice and supportive. I came back every week, which eventually led to paid gigs, and I just got caught in the whirlwind and was off from that point. I had found what I was here to do.
What music did you listen to growing up?
Growing up, I loved older stuff and even dated back to some of the earliest country recordings by Fiddlin’ John Carson. I gravitated toward Hank Williams Sr. the most, though. You could always find some George Strait and Bob Wills around to being from Texas. I also just really loved hearing Bob Wills make noises in the background.
Can you remember the first song you ever wrote?
Oh geez! I honestly can’t. The first time I wrote, I wrote for a school English project that I was going on about not wanting to do. I went downstairs and complained to dad, and he turned to me and said, “well, you’ve been playing music a lot lately. Why don’t you try writing your paper to music.” I went upstairs and knocked out the project in no time. After that, I was off and running. Writing every song idea that I had. Which at that time was a lot.
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Zoe Hodges, Editor