I’ve never been one for chasing trends. But I’ve been fortunate in that, at certain periods of my career, trends have come closer to me and my style of music. It’s during those times that I’ve gained the support and confidence I’ve needed to continue down the path I’m on.
I’m very optimistic right now because it feels like tastes are beginning to shift again. There are a lot of people who are disenchanted by the state of mainstream country, who are tired of being pandered to, sick of the cookie-cutter singles and crave genuine music that resonates on a deeper level. That bodes well for The Great Wide Underground Tour as well as the album I’m currently working on.
Popularity has never been as important to me as authenticity. Although that has been a costly mindset in terms of short-term commercial success, it has been a tremendous benefit in terms of long-term creative freedom. The Great Wide Underground Tour and the album I have in the works, are a celebration of that freedom in many ways.
The fact that I’ve been touring and making records for over a decade, without a mainstream “hit”, is a testament to the fact that there is still a big place below the radar for artists who choose to innovate rather than conform. Thank God!