Raised in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Andrew Beam didn’t appreciate the simplicity of the one-stoplight town that’s since graduated to two. Growing up in that one-stoplight town shaped his outlook on life and continues to influence his songwriting. That country state of mind has woven the trail of Beam’s life from his career in law enforcement to inevitable country music singer.
Andrew Beam grew up surrounded by the culture that gave rise to so many great artists, from Don Gibson to Ronnie Milsap, Charlie Daniels to Randy Travis, from Chet Atkins all the way up through Eric Church. The son of a bluegrass picking preacher, Beam learned about roots music at its actual roots: bluegrass festivals, church socials, and front porch get-togethers.
All these aforementioned great influences come together and can be heard in Beam’s newest single “Selma by Sundown,” a track that captures the traditional style of the Country genre with a very subtle take to the much modern sounds of today with its steel rides to storytelling, this one is sure to hit home with everyone.
About the song, Andrew comments
Listeners will hear a story of a truck driver returning from a long haul to a loved one, but anyone can take away the feeling of returning home from being on the road in any line of work.
My producer, Joe Taylor, wrote this song in 2002 driving back from NYC to the Lowcountry of South Carolina. He was inspired by CB chatter from truckers on the long trip and various views along the route including the emotion of seeing the Empire State building standing solo in the rearview post September 11th, 2001.