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INTERVIEW: Gethen Jenkins

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

HEY IM DOING BITCHIN’. ON MY WAY BACK TO CALI FROM A TEXAS RUN OF SHOWS.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Where The HonkyTonk Belongs”?

YEAH ABSOLUTELY! THE SONG WAS INSPIRED BY A TRIP WE TOOK TO TEXAS AFTER WE WON THE AWARD FOR OUTLAW GROUP OF THE YEAR AT THE AMERIPOLITAN AWARDS IN AUSTIN, TEXAS.

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

OUR BAND AND MUSIC WAS WELL RECEIVED IN TEXAS AND LEFT A GOOD IMPRESSION ON US. IT INSPIRED ME TO WRITE THIS SONG.

Why naming the album after this track in particular?

A LOT OF THE SONGS ON THE ALBUM ARE INFLUENCED BY TRADITIONAL COUNTRY MUSIC AND TEXAS OUTLAW. IT SEEMED FITTING TO BRING THE ALBUM TOGETHER.

How was the recording and writing process?

THE WRITING PROCESS WAS FAIRLY QUICK AND CAME TO ME IN A FEW DAYS. RECORDING LASTED A BIT LONGER.

What role does Huntington play in your writing?

I DON’T KNOW THAT HUNTINGTON PLAYS ANY ROLE IN WRITING AT THIS POINT BUT BEING FROM APLACAHIA, IT HAS LOTS OF INFLUENCE IN MY VOICE AND THE WAY I SING. LOTS OF ARTISTIS FROM THE OHIO, KENTUCKY, WEST VIRGINIA STATES INFLUENCE COUNTRY MUSIC IN A BIG WAY. MUST BE SOMETHING IN THE WATER.

With Country earning such a great reputation in the past few years – how are you hoping to stand out from the rest?

IM NOT RELLY SURE WHAT REPUTAITON COUNTRY HAS IN THE LAST FEW YEARS BUT I HAVE BEEN WRITING AND SINGING COUNTRY LONGER THAN THAT AND I AM GOING TO CONTINUE TO PLAY MY OWN STYLE OF COUNTRY STRAIGHT FROM MY HEART.

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

I WRITE SONGS THAT ARE ABOUT EXPERIENCES THAT I HAVE LIVED AND THINGS I HAVE DONE, PLACES I HAVE SEEN AND PEOPLE I HAVE MET OR FEELINGS I HAVE. I CAN BE INSPIRED BY NATURE OR A SUNSET. IT COMES IN DIFFERENT SHAPES AND FORMS.

Would this serve as a sneak peek into your upcoming album?

THERE WILL BE SIMILARITES VOCALLY HOWEVER THIS NEW ALBUM WILL BE FULL OF SONGS THAT ARE RICH AND FULL OF LAYERS THAT PUSH THE BOUNDRIES A LITTLE BIT IN DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS.

Any plans to hit the road?

IM ON THE ROAD NOW AND DON’T INTEND TO GET OFF ANY TIME SOON!

What else is happening next in Gethen Jenkins’ world?

WE HAVE A SHOW IN LOS ANGELES AT THE ECHO CALLED THE ROOTS ROADHOUSE THIS WEEKEND. THEN I GET ON A PLANE RIGHT AFTER AND FLY TO NASHVILLE TO RECORD OUR NEW ALBUM. STAY TUNED.

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  1. Great piece on Gethen Jenkins! For fans of him, make sure to follow him on facebook.com/gethenjenkinsmusic

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