You have been busy writing, recording, and compiling your first album, and your single “King of the Pines” coming out Today! Are you excited?
Man, it feels like Christmas. It can be nerve-wracking, but it gives you something to be excited about honestly. I know when it gets here I’ll be like a little kid.
How did you choose this song as your single?
The moment I started writing it, I knew we had something special. Working with living legends like Phivstarr, it makes my job so much easier. I was excited to hear the star Upchurch himself would be featured on the record and that was enough motivation for me to push my limits. The grittiness of this record is insane!
What was it like working with Upchurch on that song?
Oh, Upchurch is awesome man. I actually got to meet him in Pensacola and I played him the rough track and he loved it. He said he’s going to push it too, so I’m excited about that.
Are you mainly inspired by what happens around you for your songs?
Absolutely, my records are reflections of my life. Reflections of where I’m from. Coming from the South I think everyone has their own perception of how we live and most are dead wrong. Where I’m from we love each other, we bust our butt, and we enjoy ourselves when we can. Hey, that sounds like a new song lol.
You were also featured on Average Joes’ Popular Mud Digger series, Mud Digger 7, with Fan-Favorite song, “Booze Cruise.” What was that like for you?
I’m going to try to put into words what that was like. First off, I can’t thank Shannon enough for believing in me. Being able to buy a Physical Cd from Walmart with my name on it was one of the proudest days of my life. I remember my mom calling me telling me she had been to four Walmart’s buying them all out lol. I singed a copy for her and had to fight back tears. I made that woman proud!!
Is there anyone that you would love to collaborate with?
I’ve said it before, but a lot of my music is high energy and some laid back, but I’d love to do a track with Waka Flocka. If we got DJ KO to mix a beat, I feel like we could do something special with that.
If we turned on your Ipod right now what would be playing?
You would judge me so hard right now! It could be anywhere from George Jones, NSYNC, to Mud Vein, to Lil Boosie, back to The Lacs. My playlist is all over the place.
What do you have to listen to before you hit the stage?
A lot of my bandmates will tell you I’m a stickler because I listen to nothing. Not to be rude, but I kick everyone out of the room about an hour before the show. It’s all focus.
Now for the Fun Questions!
Southerners know good cookin’. What is your favorite comfort food?
What’s not a comfort food? Is that a trick question? I guess ribs!
What should every Southern kitchen be stocked with?
Tony Chachere’s. When I make food, it seasons it perfectly!
One food everyone tells you to try, but you just can’t get up the nerve.
Mayonnaise. Since I was a kid, and I’ll never forget, we were going to a baseball game about an hour away from my city and my mom made a sandwich with it for my dad and she said “if you don’t eat that sandwich I’m gonna whoop your butt,” so he did and I threw up all over the truck. It’s so nasty…the texture and the smell.
If you could pick one food to eat every day for the rest of your life, what would that be?
It would have to be lasagna. I love all kinds of foods, but if I had to pick it would be lasagna. My mom makes awesome lasagna!
After playing a late show, what is your guilty pleasure food?
Ok, so I enjoy myself at shows. I like to party with the people who came to see me. So usually nothing is open but gas stations. Lucky for me I love gas station food like no other. If you can fry it chances are I’ll love it.
I can’t imagine you get a lot of time to cook while you are on tour. When out on the road, what’s your fast food of choice?
Again, I love gas station food. I swear to God, if it’s fried, I’ll eat it. Especially if I’m intoxicated, I’ll spend $40 at the gas station, “I want this hot dog, I want this hot dog, what’s that, what’s it got in it? It looks awesome!”
South AL has some great foods that come from there, G-Momma’s Cookies, Southern Flavor Seasoning, Pecans, Conecuh Sausage. Do you have any “Made in AL” favorites?
Oh my gosh, Conecuh sausage is like legal crack. It’s very addictive and that’s my favorite.
Is there anywhere you have wanted to travel or a restaurant you have always wanted to dine in that you have not yet?
There are so many places in Europe I want to visit. Oh and Red Robin, I wanna eat there. I don’t even know their food selection but their slogan gets stuck in my head. Figured that’s a sign lol.
Do you have a favorite brew/wine?
Wine, it’s called Roscato. It’s actually a blend. It’s amazing! It’s like a moscato and red wine blend.
Finally for Battered and Brewed, If you could have a drink with anyone, who would it be and what would you drink?
If we could resurrect George Jones back before he got sober, back in his heyday-ing, I’d love to have a drink with him. A lot of my writing and inspiration comes from him.
Lightning Round: Ok, let’s talk about a few of your favorites.
Favorite place for date night: Is it ok to say a bar? I’m not the kind of guy to say “let’s go watch a movie” or get a red box.
Favorite venue to play: It’s all about the people. I enjoy everywhere I play, so it’s hard to answer that question.
Breakfast: Don’t do. I can’t eat right when I wake up.
BBQ: There’s a place in Mobile, AL called Brick Pit. It’s amazing! You pay like $15 for four pieces but it’s so worth it.
Seafood: Crawfish all day long
Coke or Pepsi: Diet Pepsi but regular Coke
Baked Potato or French Fries: I’m not too big on potatoes. I don’t like chips or potatoes or fries or anything.
Pineapple Whiskey Sour
This simple three ingredient pineapple whiskey sour is a refreshing drink, perfect for any cocktail night.
- 4oz pineapple juice
- 1/2oz lemon juice
- 1oz whiskey
Add ice to a cocktail shaker. Pour ingredients into shaker. Shake until thoroughly chilled. Pour over ice. Serve with an optional pineapple or lemon slice.