INTERVIEW: jabe burgess

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Dianne’s Song”?

This song and video is a little out of my lane, but it’s also something that touched me having heard the real story from the real character. While songs like this may not be the typical radio hit, it’s a story worth telling.

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

Steve Williams shared this story with me one day about the struggles he was facing with his wife Dianne having had Alzheimer’s and seeing the signs along the way. I couldn’t get it off of my mind, so I started writing the song. Because the song was so personal, I asked him to help us finish the song and he is actually a co-writer on the song.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

Hunter Andrews filmed and produced the video. His vision was to try to be true to the actual story. Which is why Steve and Dianne are the actual characters in the video. While it’s not a big budget video, I believe the emotion and the truth about the struggles many face with this disease is evident.

How was the recording and writing process?

As I mentioned, I started the song and asked my fellow songwriter and publisher Mark Alan Springer and Steve Williams to help finish the song. While the process was healing in many ways, it was also emotional and it was important to me that the story reflect the real life situation. As for the production, we asked the talented studio session player, David Dorn to listen to our guitar vocal work tape and to put down what he felt musically. We felt the lyric and the storyline was key to presenting the story and a huge production might take away from the song. Therefore we kept it simple.

What role does Arkansas play in your music?

My family and friends and especially my dad had a lot to do with my music. They are a big part of why I do what I do. Without the early support of the folks back home, I’m not sure I would have followed this dream.  I will always be proud of where I came from.

With the success from your previous work – did you feel any pressure while putting this track together or rather the opposite?

Yes and No. While you always feel the pressure and want others to love what you do, as an artist you just have to let your music lead the way. I think being true to your music is key to developing a true fan base that “get’s “who you are and what you do.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

I was fortunate to have played football in college and I actually received a scholarship at the University of Tulsa to play football at the D1 level.  We are currently finishing up a new video with my song “Football Town” that I am very excited about. It depicts the role of the communities across America that love their football teams and how it is almost an identity for many like it was for me. So while Dianne’s Song is out there in a certain space in the market, Football Town will be showing a more mainstream side of what I do and who I am as an artist. We have some very cool surprise guests in the video.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

The Dianne’s Song video just released this week, while we hope to have Football Town out by mid to late September.

What else is happening next in Jabe Burgess’ world?

Covid has hurt many entertainers that live for playing live and seeing and meeting their fans  face to face. Hopefully as things get back to normal, my band and I can get back to the business of making live music and supporting our released and soon to be released music. We have a good team and we have worked hard to prepare for whatever comes next. 

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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