#CMchat Exclusive Interview: HOSS

When did you first start singing? 

“I joined my first rock band when I was 18. I was young, dumb, and had no clue how to write a song. But boy was I hooked after that. Good times!!”

What did your family do to encourage you? 

“My mom was in a country band when she was young and ALWAYS encouraged me to sing country music, but I was a rebel!!  I only wanted to be a ‘rockstar’ and country wasn’t COOL!  But, I eventually caved in, got back to my roots, and started writing country songs. It’s a little bittersweet for me as my Mom passed away prior to hearing any of ‘#LIVIN.'”

Who are your musical inspirations?

“A good song is a good song, plain and simple, so I draw inspiration from any and all genres from pop to rock to country (both classic & new). I’ve always been a huge fan of innovative production techniques…albums or songs that simply sounded better than anything else. Production quality actually pushed me to like specific artists, which seems strange to many, I’m sure.  Mutt Lange, who worked on many HUGE records (AC/DC, Bryan Adams, Def Leppard, Shania Twain), was always a fave and a big inspiration. He’s a musical genius in my opinion.”

What’s the best advice that you’ve ever been given?

“Treat others as you wish to be treated.” 

What’s your motto or the advice you live by?

“Don’t sweat the small stuff! And remember, ALL stuff is small stuff!”

For our readers who may not be familiar with your music, explain your sound in 5 words.

“Rockin’ energetic classic pop country – How’s that for covering ALL the bases!”

Where would you most like to perform?

“Red Rocks Amphitheater just looks like the coolest venue EVER!” 

Who would you most like to open for? 

Willie Nelson, because I can only imagine some of the stories this legend could tell!”

If you could record a duet with any country music star, who would it be?

“This is a tough one as there are so many great talents, both past and present. I think a fun, spunky duet with Miranda Lambert would be really fun to do.”

If you could tour with all women, which artists or bands of any genre would you like to go on the road with you?

Pink, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris. They all seem to have that real ‘take no BS’ attitude.  I just love that!”

What do you do for inspiration when you sit down to write a song and it seems that nothing wants to come out?

“I never try to force new songs. I feel my best songs just write themselves. I constantly use voice notes on my phone for lyrics, vocal melodies, grooves, pretty much any idea that I might get. So, when I do ‘sit down’ to write new material, I usually have a ton of ideas to sift through. Now, when and/or if  I do get in a rut with a song, I have a great cast of songwriter friends that I can reach out to that always help break that block. I love ALL the writers and players that I collaborated with on ‘#LIVIN,’ they are ALL truly longtime friends.”

 If you could dabble in another genre of music, what would it be? 

“Rock, and I have dabbled in it. As a matter of fact, I still do, occasionally!”

What is your favorite song to belt out at the bar/in the car/for karaoke?

“‘Friends in Low Places  Easy. Fun. Everyone always sings along and that makes for a great time.” 

If you were driving cross-country and could only bring one CD, what would it be?

AC/DCBack In Black. One of the all-time great records!  Mutt Lange is a genius producer.”

If I were to turn on your playlist right now, what five artists/songs would I see on your recently played list?

Jason Aldean ‘When Lights Come On’

Florida Georgia Line w/Tim McGraw ‘May We All’

Midland ‘Drinkin’ Problem’

Luke Combs ‘When it Rains it Pours’

Aaron Watson ‘Going Outta Style'”

 

If you weren’t singing, what would you be doing?

“Something IT related for sure.” 

What hidden talents do you have?

“Only a few close friends know this, but I have a bit of a ‘green thumb’ when it comes to tropical flowers.  Hibiscus and Plumeria are my faves. I guess I’m a Flower Child.”

What are the five things you can’t live without?

“Family, Friends, Sweet Tea, Medium-rare Ribeye, and my iPhone”

 When you are not touring, what do you like to do for fun?

“Writing new music, for sure.  I’m also a sports nut, especially football & basketball.  I’m a huge Dallas Cowboys & San Antonio Spurs fan and I rarely miss a game of either of my teams.”

What else can we expect from you in the future?

“A music video for ‘#Livin’ is in the works, soon. We’re also talking about possibly cutting a Christmas tune. And, of course, we’re constantly writing new material for the next album, which we’ll release sometime in 2018.”

Ten years from now you will be….

“Making music. I have a lifetime of stories to tell, for sure.”

What’s the best way for fans to keep in touch?

“Friends can follow HOSS on social media… TwitterFacebookInstagramOfficial Website, and Get #LIVIN

The story behind #LIVIN by HOSS

“After being out of the Texas music scene for several years while serving in the Army, a buddy sent me a music track he’d written for someone that ended up not being used.  He asked if I wanted to mess around with it to see if I could come up with something and finish it. I did, and it ended up being the closing track on the album!

While I was working on that song I started to come up with more and more song ideas. I had no plans whatsoever to record a country album, but after writing and recording three or four new tunes with my buddy and main co-writer/producer Chase Jentz, we realized that our country music experiment was actually turning out much better than expected.  That’s when I came up with the idea to release a full album of songs that my late mother would have enjoyed and been proud of.  We decided to enlist the talent of another great friend, Jesse Billson, to help take the style and sound of the record to the next level, and boy did he! ‘#LIVIN‘ is one of the best ‘accidents’ I’ve ever been involved in!!

The name HOSS is more of a band name than it is my moniker, although it comes from a nickname given to me by high school friends.”

Author: Donna Block

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