A South Carolina native with excellent hair, Austin Webb has one of the best personalities in the business and one of the best voices too. His Top 40 single “Slip On By” gave him a massive amount of attention and grew his fanbase worldwide. He continues to prove himself as a songwriter and boy is he one hell of a storyteller. His music is truthful, gritty and down right authentic. Austin Webb is life honey, live it.
Where are you answering these questions from and what are you wearing?
I’m in the office in our home in Nashville TN, wearing a Green Magellan Outdoors Shirt, shorts and Teva flip flops. I just had a random allergic reaction to something. I didn’t want to go to the ER so Melanie just made me a glass of wine and gave me some pimento cheese and crackers.
What’s your official title and favorite thing about what you do?
Entrepreneur/weather man/evangelist/Paul Simon fan/American songwriting singer.
What are three things you CANNOT live without?
My fiancée Melanie, coffee and whiskey.
What’s the first concert you’ve ever attended?
Buddy Guy in Greenville South Carolina.
You worked with Dee Jay Silver for your new song “Just Got Paid” how was that?
Silver has a unique perspective on our format. He see’s the market past the surface level. I believe he believes in himself and that’s what matters to me. He’s got great ideas and a vision that’s fresh and exciting. He knows the balance of timing and crowd reaction better than most and I’m thrilled to see how this plays out.
What’s the hardest life lesson you’ve learned?
Slowing realizing Tom T. Hall’s “Old dogs, Children and Watermelon Wine” is more than just a song. Have it tattooed now.
Do you have a favorite restaurant or hang out spot in Music City?
We go to Peter’s Sushi a lot. Husk is awesome too.
Beer or whiskey?
Both. Buffalo Trace and Spotted Cow… Just realized they’re both named after field grazing mammals.
Who is your favorite country singer from the 90s?
That’s too difficult to answer. Let’s go one year back to the starting line of the sound and say the whole class of ’89. That was an era where the best song won.
Out of all the songs you’ve written, do you have a favorite?
Sure, I’d say my favorite song right now “Just Got Paid” because it’s my single. But besides that I’m always partial to colorful ballads and rock ‘n’ roll songs. I love both showcasing entertainment and artistic integrity in the same show.
Do you have a favorite place to perform?
I’ve been so honored to be invited to play all across the U.S. but I have to say I have a soft spot for California. They always treat me so great when I’m there. All of the Live Nation Festivals are insane too. Amazing catering and showers on site. Can’t beat that.
What’s one gift you will never forget?
My dad gave me a belt buckle with my logo on it when I was around 21 years old. It was such a thoughtful gift and I’ll always cherish it.
What current event has your eyes and ears?
It’s hard to not be affected by the social and political events going on today, but beyond that I’ve been focusing a good bit of my time on trying to provide everyone with the necessity of clean drinking water. I have strong heritage in the Native American community and I’ve been involving myself with the Navajo Water Project. Check it out: http://www.digdeep.org/whatwedo.html
In what way do you think songwriters play a vital role in music today?
Well, vital literally means absolutely necessary or important. Without writers there wouldn’t be songs. Without artists there would not be a vessel to project a message. The lines are getting blurrier by the day as what both those titles mean but the songwriter comes first even if it’s the same as the artist.
Is there anyone you haven’t worked with yet but would like to?
Of course. I’m a fan of so many different artists, I’ll never have have enough time or opportunity to work with all of them. First on my list is Kris Kristofferson.
You’re making your favorite sandwich…what’s on it?
Genoa salami, capicola, ham, provolone, lettuce, tomato, spicy peppers, mayo and vinaigrette.. Basically #9 At Jimmy Johns.
Name one artist of any genre besides country that you are a fan of and tell us why?
Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys. Without Pet Sounds, The Beatles wouldn’t have made Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and without Sgt. Pepper’s, rock ‘n’ roll wouldn’t be the same.
What makes you laugh out loud?
Our Irish Setter Maple wearing socks on a wooden floor, 9gag.com, Rocko’s Modern Life, Martin (the TV Show), Seinfeld, my Dad’s mustache.
Fill in the blank: It’s not a party until…
…somebody plays “The Humpty Dance” by Digital Underground.
Fill in the blank: Country music has made me…
…start back smoking.
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