I spoke with country music star, Chase Bryant, about touring and his love for music at such a young age.
Q: Where did you grow up?
I grew up in a small town called Orange Grove in Texas..sort of close to Corpus Christi.
Q: When did you know music was your calling?
Before I could talk ::laughs:: I was raised on music. So as a young boy, I ended up clinging to it..it made me comfortable. It’s where I could be myself. I’ve never let it go.
Q: Who were your musical influences growing up?
Oh wow. Tons. ::laughs:: Jerry Lee Lewis, Tom Petty, Keith Urban, Ray Charles, Bryan Adams, Vince Gill, Fleetwood Mac..I’m all over the map!
Q: Is it true you learned to play guitar backwards and upside down at the age of three?
Yes! It’s really funny, actually. I first picked up a guitar when I was a year old.
Q: What was it like working Michael McDonald?
That was one of the coolest days of my life: I’m a HUGE Doobie Brothers fan. I was beyond thrilled..he’s such a nice guy. It was like a spiritual experience!
Q: Is it important for you to be a part of the songwriting process?
It’s vital for me. It explains who I really am. I have a chance to state my feelings..be myself. It’s where I find myself, really.
Q: Do you have a favorite song you’ve written?
It has to be “Change Your Name.” It defines who I am as a young man growing up and falling in love.
Q: Favorite part of performing live?
It has to be seeing and meeting new people, and how they react to my music and lyrics.
Q: Are you excited about performing at the Great Frederick Fair this weekend?
It’s funny, the other day I was looking at every show date, and thinking how each shows are like whole new experiences. I can’t go in with any expectations, I just like to be surprised. I think we’re going to have tons of fun this weekend, Frederick!
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