Good Afternoon Nestor! Thank you so much for talking with Battered and Brewed! What was life like growing up in Texas?
Growing up in South Texas was truly a blessing. It’s culturally rich in all regards. From the food, the language, the people, and how we treat one another. I’m blessed to be a Texan.
They say Texas does food bigger and better than anywhere else, what was your favorite meal growing up?
That’s such a hard question to answer. If I had choose one it would be a flour tortilla with beans, potato, and eggs. Mm mmm.
Texans take their food seriously, especially when it comes to chicken fried steak—the blue plate of choice—are you a fan and what’s the secret behind a great chicken fried steak?
I’m a big fan! Unless it’s for breakfast, the secret behind a Great Country Fried Steak is the Lime.
You can’t forget the Texas Barbecue. What sets apart great barbecue from just okay barbecue?
It’s the seasoning. It’s not just seasoning, but how you season it and how you grill/smoke it. There is such a thing as seasoning and cooking with love.
Do you cook at home? If so, what is your favorite meal to prepare for friends and/or family?
I love to cook! And not only cook, but host my friends and family. There’s nothing like a hearty meal. I always like to cook up a nice steak for my friends and family when I know they’re coming over to my place.
Do you have a music playlist you listen to when cooking?
I have two playlists when it comes to preparing a meal. The playlist that sets the mood for the kitchen holds the voices of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Tony Bennett, Norah Jones, and Michael Buble. Then for the grill, the playlist consists of nothing but some good ole Texas country music like King George Strait, Waylon, Cody Johnson, Randy Rogers Band, Stoney Larue, Wade Bowen, Turnpike Troubadours, and in the midst some Nestor AnDress. Have you heard of that guy? Got to check him out.
We heard you you are quite the grill master! What is your idea of perfect grilling happiness?
Perfect grilling happiness? That sounds beautiful within itself. It would have to be the company. High energy, lots of laughter, ladies working up the side dishes, guys slinging beers and setting up the outdoor toss around games or talking about the football game on (Go COWBOYS), my favorite tunes in the background, fire burning steady, the smell of grilled onions and the mixture of seasoning and lime. Then there’s that satisfying sound of that sizzling meat.
If you had to pick one type of cuisine, what would you say is your favorite?
It would have to be outdoor grillin’.
What is the strangest or most inspiring thing you’ve ever eaten?
I’m going to keep it very simple. Tacos are inspiring.
What are 3 things you can always find in your kitchen?
Meat in the freezer, beer in the fridge, and my Texas apron.
What’s a typical day like for you (food-wise) when you’re at home and how is that different from when you are on tour?
It’s healthier when I’m at home and the cravings are satisfied to my liking. On the road, I have to succumb to the way others have prepared the meal at restaurants or the ungodly amount of snacks that I have to burn in the gym.
Do you have a favorite brew/wine to drink and cook with?
I like to consider myself a classic kind of guy. My beer has to and will always be Miller Lite. As for wine, you have to try “J. LOHR” Cabernet Sauvignon 7 Oaks. Just trust me, I’m a Texan.
Tell us about one memorable meal you’ve had while touring. What did it involve?
I played a show in Maine and was introduced to a lobster roll. Not the sushi lobster roll. It’s the most buttery lobster, in a hot dog like piece of bread, but the slice is on the top. It was quite unforgettable.
Now that you have been in Nashville awhile, where are some of the places fans coming to town to see you perform must try?
Fans have to try “Bar Taco.” It’s a bit fancier than one would expect from a taco place, but its worth it.
What food is your food vice? You know, one you sneak in a little extra of when no one is looking.
I am an absolute chocolate addict. Anything with chocolate and caramel, I must have it, and literally have withdrawals when I don’t.
Aside from your passion for food and music, what’s the one thing that really keeps you ticking?
Besides the love for and from my family, its passionate people. Intellectual conversations, expressing ideas and perspectives, and golden hearted people.
Your new EP released in February, “Falling in Love” has some great songs. Tell us a little about the song, “Drunk at a Bar.” How did that song come about?
“Drunk at a Bar” was written with the idea of passion and desire. Just like seasoning a perfect steak, it requires that touch (kiss) of seasoning to capture that savoring aroma and taste when the flame has served its purpose. Mmm. I’m getting hungry. So in the same sense, intoxicate each other with a kiss and never lose that loving feeling.
What’s coming up for you in 2017?
I’m currently laying out the plans for starting up a “Falling in Love” Tour in Texas. A lot of exciting things are coming up like videos, music, and nothing but the good times.
Finally for Battered and Brewed, If you could have a drink with anyone, who would it be and what would you drink?
It will always be my father. The drink of choice would be Johnny Walker Blue Label. He was a scotch man and I lost him too soon, but I know for certain we’d have a heck of a time in our conversation.
About Nestor AnDress:
While this Texas native didn’t grow up with neon in his blood or eager for a stage and stars in his eyes, the power of music grabbed hold of his heart while attending college at Texas Tech, where he studied Pre-Law and played football. Shifting his focus to music, he soon played his first gig at the Blue Light in Lubbock and went on to play local dancehalls. The aspiring singer-songwriter began gainging attention from radio after a performance alongside Tracy Lawrence, which landed him on the cover of “Celebrity Nights” magazine where they labeled him “a rising star in Texas.”
After leaving Texas Tech, the Red Raider moved to Music City, where he has sinced grabbed the attention of industry professionals and captivated fans while performing alongside Country Music mainstays Craig Campbell, Cody Johnson Band, Tracy Lawrence, Jon Pardi and more. Fans can catch him out on the road this Spring.
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