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INTERVIEW: Small Town Sound

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Todd (Bass Player) Well, we have been very busy lately, but you know that is always a good thing.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Whiskey”?

Whiskey is our first single that we have ever openly marketed.  We had several fans suggest that we submit Whiskey to a local internet radio show called The Red Dirt Kraze, and it just took off.  I will never forget hearing us on the radio for the first time.

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

Todd:  Whiskey is a true story.  A good friend came over to hang out and started talking about his break up.  Well after he left, Tuffy Casteel (lead vocalist) grabbed his guitar and fifteen minutes later, we had the song Whiskey.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Todd:  Actually, yes, but it is a timing issue and finding the right people to shoot the video.

The single comes off your new material For Mama – what’s the story behind the title?

Todd:  As you know, we are country boys from Oklahoma. Out  mama’s are the center of our worlds.  They have been there for us from the beginning.  Honestly, we could not have thought of a better way to honor them.  For me, it has more of a special meaning.  My mom lost her fight with cancer right before I got with Small Town Sound.  I know she would have been super proud of this EP, and would have been telling everyone in the grocery store checkout line about Small Town Sound and the EP.

How was the recording and writing process?

Todd:  Tuffy and Tim Elliott (lead guitarist) write the lyrics and the melodies and they usually break out the songs when we all are hanging out.  At that point, it becomes a group project of writing our own parts and putting our two cents in.  As far as the recording process, we had the best experience.  We met Mr. Mike McClure of the Great Divide awhile back and he invited us down to the BooHatch in Ada, Oklahoma to record some songs with him.  It was incredible!

Would this album follow up your previous album or this “gift” it’s a departure?

Todd:  Right now, we have about 16 great songs that we would love to record.  We are trying to figure out now which songs go best with the EP so we can turn it into an LP.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

Todd:  One of the many great things about being from a small town are the people.  Sure people are people, but in a small town, you get a chance to know everyone and their stories.  Trust me there are a lot of stories.  If you listen, people tell you those stories and if you are a songwriter, you make a mental note of them and it becomes a song like Whiskey. Oklahoma has bred some pretty great songwriters including Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire, Leon Russell and even Wayne Coyne ( The Flaming Lips).

Any plans to hit the road?

Todd:  We would love to, making plans for the Fall now.

What else is happening next in Small Town Sound’s world?

Todd:  Grammy Award nominee Christian Davis contracted us a few months ago and had us send him three of our unrecorded songs.  After reviewing them, Mr. Davis asked if we wanted him to produce and record us doing Small Town Kind Of Guy.  Well, needless to say we are headed to Nashville.

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