Sometimes you have to let go to be something better. I’m no stranger to experimenting with music. I’ve tried it all from blues, to alternative, and a whole lot of indie. While I’ve learned something form the various music genres, nothing has ever felt as homey as country western music. But in the spirit of the Halloween season, I’ve decided to share with you guys a look at the time when I was just a little bit goth.
Back in 2007 I released Ashcraft through Poizen Pop Records. It was a mix of indie and goth and explored supernatural themes throughout the album. It was a fun project, but following it’s release I realized that it just wasn’t who I was.
The thing about music is that authenticity is the truest form of creation and self-expression. The dark clothes and heavy eye liner were just a gimmick, and my music was a product of the image I was trying to hold. The music was good, of course I may be a little biased on that, but I feel like it could have been better. The thing is, how good can it be if I’m not being true to myself?
The truth is, I’m a good ol’ boy. I’ve got roots in Kentucky. I grew up listening to the Bakersfield artists. I connected with the rebel mentality of Outlaw country. Yeah, I might have a touch of twisted in my nature, but let’s just say that’s what keeps things interesting. Country is in my blood and is a big part of who I am.
So, this is where I’m at. For the past year I’ve committed myself to the development and production of my own style of country music. I had a few small releases of some songs here and there, but its time to kick things into gear. I’ve got a full album in the works and songs will be released over the following months. I’ve also got a show in production. The Stanford Lee Show will be releasing on YouTube very soon and I can’t wait to drop that first video. Lots of new things are happening and I’m so thankful to share every step in this journey with you guys!
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