Could you tell us what are your first souvenir about music?

I’m assuming you mean, memories, so my first memories of music go as far back to when I was learning to talk, I suppose. I can’t remember a time where music wasn’t a part of my life. I became very passionate about it  at a very young age. 

What did you listen to when you was younger ? Name a few bands or artists you listened and goes on to listen at home?

I can remember my mom picking me up from daycare, so I would’ve been around 4 years old, and wanting to listen to Johnny Duncan, Jimmy Buffett, & Neil Diamond. Random, I know. Especially for a a four year old haha! But I just loved the production of the music I guess. Once I was a bit older, I really enjoyed listening to Johnny Cash, Buck Owens, Conway Twitty, Waylon Jennings, Loretta Lynn, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Fleetwood Mac, Lynyrd Skynyrd,  & Janis Joplin. Goodness, there are too many to list. LOL. But I would say these are my top “go-to’s.” 

Does the fact you are born in Texas where it seems that music is everywhere (is it true?) made you the artist you are?

ABSOLUTELY! I think it’s a special thing to be from Texas, because I know not everyone across the world gets to experience music like we do. Shoot, Austin is the Live Music Capital of The World! 

For example, Texas Dancehalls. Unfortunately, they’re not as prominent as they used to be, but they’re still around. That’s where the idea for my song, Dancehalls Are Dead, came about. My grandparents & parents went to a dancehall every single weekend. Every little town had one to go to. For whatever reason, with my generation, they fizzled out.  But I believe they're making a comeback. I  sure hope they do! Because I would love to be proven wrong. They are such a huge part of Texas History and Texas Music History. They have shaped many artist, like myself,  coming out of the State, too. God Bless Texas Dancehalls! 

You seems to have rather young career with your first professionnal recordings in 2017. When did you began to think about music not only as an occupation but as a full time job and life?

I have wanted to play music my entire life. I told my folks when I was in the 8th grade, that I was pursuing music as a career. I didn’t  want to go to college, I wanted to become a professional musician. And I have done just that! Fortunately, they have been my biggest supporters. I’ve been playing shows since I was 13 or 14 years old. February of 2023 marked 14 years since my first gig. I did have a few odd jobs as a teenager and right after high school… I actually was a car salesperson for about a month and a half back in 2014. My heart was in music and there were lots of scheduling conflicts. So, that’s  when I decided for sure that I would become a full time musician and have been doing it ever since

In this times of social medias and musical platforms, Touring became since a few years the only way to make money. Sending your records and touring is enough to make your leaving?

Live shows are definitely breadwinners in my book. You get to interact with your fans face to face. You get to know them and they get to know you. It’s a special thing in this business. Because, it’s not always about the money… It’s so satisfying to see someone else resonate with something you created. That can be more rewarding than anything. Don’t get me wrong though! Money is great too!  Lol

How and when your first professional recordings took place?

I was put in contact with some folks out of Sugarland, TX, a suburb of Houston, about cutting a record with them. Edgewater Music Group. It was such a great experience getting to work with some talented musicians! This was back in 2016. The record, Dive Bars & Old Guitars,  was released in mid 2017.

I suppose you did not have already the opportunity to sing for a foreign country so:

Did that put any new or unusual pression on your shoulders?

Actually, while visiting family in  Ireland several years back, I ended up picking up a gig at a local pub. I believe that counts as playing in foreign country LOL! What a great time it was! But, in a sense of being invited over to another country to perform, no, this will be my first time. I'm extremely excited! A bit nervous, but who wouldn’t be! I'm just looking forward to making and meeting new fans. And if I’m being honest, very humbled that I was invited to play for y’all! 

I should be honest with you and tell you that, unfortunately, in France, Country Music is not especially a popular format, due to incompetence of most of French medias that confuse Country Music with on line dance! Yes in this 21st century, most of French reviewers that are supposed to be specialists did not know at all, except a few of them, what new country music is. Most of Country music French fan are traditional country fan which goes well with what you do. 

What are the images you get from France, even if is, as often, clichés ;-)

Well, I instantly think of Paris & the Eiffel Tower. I know… super cliché! But, I tell you what, I’m excited to see for myself what the beautiful countryside of France has in store! 

What would you say to French country music fans that will come to see you at Equiblues festival?

Put on your best dancin’ boots,  and be ready for a honky tonkin’ Texas  time! See y’all soon!