I grew up in a small town outside of Houston. I tried college at 18, but couldn’t stand it for more than a few years. At 21, I parted ways with traditional education, moved to New York City, and soon after to Austin, Texas. Ironically, it was after I left college that I feel like I learned much of anything at all…
In 2007 I attracted the attention of a major label and secured a development deal. In hindsight, this whole ordeal did lead to some real development, but not in the way that the label or myself had anticipated. The whole thing completely disintegrated in a matter of 5 months. It caused me to question the very purpose of what it is that I do. For a period of time, I think it would be safe to say that I had a genuine dislike for creating music altogether. It was a tough time, but a necessary one. It was at that point that I moved back to Texas, did my best to re-focus, and re-invested my energy in to building something that nobody could take away. Over the next two years, I released two full length albums, garnered placement on all kinds of television shows, got involved with some amazing opportunities, and played music from one coast to the other. It felt good to be able to call ‘music’ my occupation. I felt truly lucky. I still do. That being said, I felt like something was missing. It was about a year ago that my childhood friend and I put our heads together and created something that would change my entire direction. We spent the better part of our adolescent years on a huge expanse of land in north Walker County, Texas. Through our experiences and our memories came the inspiration for Jamestown Revival. The conscious decision to put my solo career on hold and pursue a collective effort was one that never even really crossed my mind. It just happened. One year down the line, Jamestown Revival has been in Rolling Stone Magazine, we’ve toured the country three times, and our self-released, produced, and recorded EP has done far better than I could ever have anticipated. Momentum seems to come easier when you’re in an honest place.
In mid-2011, my wife and I made the decision to pick up our things and head west. Los Angeles was our destination. We were ready for a change of scenery, and with her being in fashion and me in music, it seemed like the appropriate choice. While I do miss Texas, it was definitely the right decision. Where we’ll be in five years I have no idea, but what I do know is that this feels ‘right’ for now. My main focus and priority is Jamestown Revival, but I’ve also been experimenting with a few different ways of creating music lately. I recently scored a short documentary (Bloodlines), and I’ve gotten more in to film-score composition altogether. It’s a rewarding outlet, and a welcomed escape from the intensity of writing songs for a record. That said, it still doesn’t compare to the feeling I get when I write a song that I know will eventually land itself on a record. A song with words I believe so much that I can’t think about them too hard if I want to keep it together. That is the way I feel about the songs I’ve (we’ve) been writing for Jamestown Revival, and that is why it consumes the majority of my conscious thought.
Currently, we’re working on a full-length Jamestown Revival release. We’re also touring quite a bit, so I’ve been spending a lot of time on the road. I’ve re-tooled my pedal board, and I’ve been doing some exploring. I can honestly say that I’m more enthused about music than I have ever been. I’m thoroughly enjoying doing what I do, and good things are on the way. This, I know.