Cre8tive reviews recently had the pleasure of interviewing up and coming country artist Justin Myers following the release of his EP titled “This is gonna hurt.” His EP has a great mix of rockin’ country music mixed with that softer, romantic side and songs that really identify with their listeners. It takes a lot of talent to write music that has the ability to move the listener and that doesn’t sound like every other typical country song on the radio today. Myers is currently not signed, but plays shows weekly in Nashville, Tennessee at various venues. He has also toured in Texas and has several out of state performances in the works. The most important thing an artist can have is the support of their fans when they are trying to make their mark. The more you request that particular artist, their music or share their links the more chance they have to be heard. Myers has a strong fan base via twitter that helps him do just that. So, what is Myers all about? We hope you read through the interview with him, and find out for yourself!
What do you feel sets you apart from other country artists on the radio today?
I’ve always called myself a knuckle dragger.. Music comes from the vein of just blue collar hard work. I’m not trendy. I think underdogs have a voice and I come from and respect guys like that.
If you could describe your show in one word what would that word be?
Who are some of your musical influences that have inspired your career ?
I am like Garth in the respect my influences come from so many differnt walks of life. So he tops it. Also matchbox20, George straight, Waylon, Bruce Springsteen, Ray Charles.. I am a fan of the dreamer the ones who step back at look at the piece of the puzzle that is missing.. They don’t just think outside the box.. They don’t have a box… It isn’t needed.
How do you come up with inspiration for your songs?
They say write what you know so I try to stick to that.. No one really wants to spout at the mouth about things they have no business talkin about.. Makes em look like an ass. My songs are litterally little moments in my world.
If you could open a show for anyone who would it be and why?
Easy.. Garth. There is a reason he is on top of everyone’s radar.. The man is a global artist. To sit back and watch that magic happen and steal some ideas would be “epic” in the purest sense of the word. I would definitely have pen to paper for that one.
What direction do you see country music going in the next few years?
Hopefully I just continue to grow and develop my style more. I respect guys like Gary Allan.. His music grows and gets better. There is change but it’s in the relm of what he does. That’s what I wanna do.
What projects are you currently working on?
I am currently slowly working on a new record. I love to write and I have been missing the creativity that comes w a record so I figured let’s just write one and go from there.
What one item is a standard item that should always be in a country song whether it be beer, trucks, an emotion, etc in your opinion?
I think your heart has got to be in it.. Country music can’t be faked. I think that’s what makes it stick so well and reach so many people.
What is the most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to you while performing ?
Well I am known as a “wiggler” on stage.. I get lost on stage and just go nuts. So let’s just say once or twice I have ripped a pair of jeans pretty good ha ha.. Underwear is a must now.
Why should people buy your EP?
Because it’s a Justin Myers record!? Duh! No really all kidding aside. My musc comes from a deep life and hard work. So if that’s where you come from. Give it a listen. I don’t wanna change the way people think.. I just wanna speak louder than most and I pray people feel what I have to say.
Where do you say you see yourself in five years personally and professionally?
It’s hard to say. Music is such a hard business. You can’t predict it. I just hope to be out somewhere playing a show giving my all with a big ol goofy grin on my face.
Do you think its easier or harder in today’s world of the Internet, social media all the other outlets to get your music out there and is it tougher to make it?
It’s definitely a double edge sword. It’s easier because I can reach so many people faster than just one town at a time. But it is much harder because so can everyone else. I love it though. It allows me to reach out and get more personal with the people which is the best part of it.
Okay, now that we got the music ones out of the way – Tell us your favorite joke:
Thats tough because I don’t really know a lot of clean ones… But here goes: Knock Knock, Who’s there? Interrupting Cow. Interrupt-MMOOOOOOOOOO!!!
Do you do any impersonations at all, and if so of who?
I often like to argue with myself as Arnold Schwartzenegger and Barry Gibbs. (There may be a recording out there of this.)
Design your own ice cream flavor and name it:
I would call it the Buckaroo Cattleprod : Butterscotch, vanilla and chocolate chips.
Describe your personality in one sentence only.
I would like to describe myself as intelligent enough to act a fool while remaining completely random and unconnected.
A special thank you to Justin for taking the time to interview with us. I know we had potentially discussed an over the phone interview, but his voice had been a little strained from his recent string of performances. So, we stuck to emailing over the questions this time.
Please support this new artist by spreading the word, and requesting his music. You can contact your local radio stations, tweet about it, buy his music and encourage others to do the same. To find out more about Justin Myers, please visit him at the following links: