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October 3, 2013

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Austin Webb Talks About His New Single “Slip On By,” Musical Influences and Tattoos — Interview

by Krissie
Photo Credit: www.facebook.com/austinwebbpages

Singer/songwriter Austin Webb has a new single out that you must hear. “Slip On By” is one of those songs that sticks with you, moves you and makes you think differently. With his soulful country sound, songwriting ability and knack for conveying emotion in his songs he is undoubtedly making an impact on country music. Recently we were lucky enough to have the opportunity to talk with Austin about his new single, his upcoming album and we had some fun talking about his tattoos. Take a look at the interview below to find out what Austin’s reaction was when he first heard “Slip on By,” some of his musical influences, how he describes his music and much more.

CMM:

How long have you been making music and who have some of your musical influences been?

Austin Webb:

I started writing poetry when I was just nine years old and then I got into music when I was fifteen. Some of my influences include Vince Gill, Randy Travis, Kris Kristofferson, Guy Clark and also singers like Otis Redding, Joe Crocker and Elvis.

CMM:

When you were writing at nine years old were you thinking you wanted to be a songwriter at all?

Austin Webb:

When I was nine my main goal in life was girls! After I matured I realized I could only have one at a time, so I decided to focus on music at fifteen. I knew as a kid I was meant for something great, but it wasn’t until I was fifteen that I really took hold of it.

CMM:

I heard that while you were working on breaking into the music scene you were juggling 25 jobs? How the heck did you manage that?

Austin Webb:

Well I didn’t juggle them at all once. It was throughout the years from about 15 until about two years ago that I just worked a lot of odd jobs. I did it out of necessity; I have been touring on my own since I was about 16 basically playing for peanuts. You don’t make a whole lot of money when nobody knows who you are, but that was ok…I loved it and the fans kept me going. I worked in construction, welding, building cars, electrical jobs, cleaning closets…I did whatever it took to pay my bills and follow my goals.

CMM:

I love the current single “Slip On By.” It has so much heart and emotion. What did you think the first time you heard it? Did you know you had to record it?

Austin Webb:

Being a songwriter and hearing this song, it hit me so hard emotionally I pulled over to the side of the road and was crying. The song was so intense and sent such a powerful message I knew I had to cut the song because country music fans needed to hear it. I keep telling everyone it is the best song I’ve never written. I am extremely grateful to have it and I know it goes straight down the country music road and I think everyone can relate to it…If not literally, then metaphorically because it hits on every level.

CMM:

You are currently working with Producer Byron Gallimore on your upcoming album right?

Austin Webb:

Yes I am. I wrote everything on it except “Slip On By,” and I am extremely happy with it. The album to me, and the only way I can really describe it, is that it is like a quilt. Each song is a patch, they can be something beautiful alone, but all sewn together they make one beautiful piece of work.

CMM:

How would you describe your overall sound to those who may not be familiar with your music?

Austin Webb:

I would describe my music as country soul and rock and roll. You will hear all of my musical influences in it, but it will all make sense and sound new and fresh at the same time. I am a huge fan of so many artists including Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Guy Clark and Katy Perry. You will hear all those influences. It will appeal to those who like traditional country and to those who like modern country at the same time. I don’t want to leave anyone out. I don’t make these albums for me, I make music for the fans and country music fans are the best.

CMM:

Have you had the chance to perform “Slip on By” live for the fans yet?

Austin Webb:

Yes I have and it has been amazing. I hope people who read Country Music Matters can come out to a show. It is one of my closing songs and it gets a big response. I have had people coming up to me crying and that is very humbling. I think this song helps people and that is one of my ultimate goals in life, that and raising awareness about Autism.

CMM:

I heard you have quite a few tattoos, and they all have a meaning. How many do you have and have you gotten any recently?

Austin Webb:

Well let’s count them…on my left arm I have a tattoo of Patsy Cline on a microphone, a rose, a star, an anchor, a ship steering wheel, a modern target (looks like the symbol for “The Who”), a running radio, my dog Archie, a harmonica with eyes and an ex-girlfriend’s initials. On my right arm I have an anchor with “Jacquelyn” written in it (she is my cousin and we are really close), and “Old Dogs, Children and Watermelon Wine” which is a Tom T. Hall song. I have a Jesus fish on my wrist; a sparrow on my chest and that is about it so far. Each one tells a story and I love describing them. When people come up to me it never gets old to tell them about them.

CMM:

What does the rest of 2013 hold for you?

Austin Webb:

October through December we are visiting radio stations to tell them about “Slip on By.” I have a few shows opening for people and new things are coming up all the time. Keep an eye on www.austinwebb.com for shows!

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Austin Webb has a passion for his music and enjoys getting it out to the fans. If you haven’t heard Austin’s songs, you have to check him out! “Slip On By” is available NOW! Sample it below!

For more information on Austin Webb visit:

www.austinwebbmusic.com

 https://www.facebook.com/AustinWebbpage

https://twitter.com/austinlwebb

*Photo Credit: www.facebook.com/austinwebbpage

 

I’m Krissie and I am blogging all the way from sunny southern California. You should know I strongly believe country music matters! Do you have a question or a comment? Email me at krissie@countrymusicmatters.com. I also can be found on twitter chatting about country music so come say hi @khmusic12.

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