An exciting career is about to take off over at Red Barn Music.
Nate Rogers, a 21 year-old artist with a traditional flare from Louisiana, will soon be releasing his first batch of original songs in the coming months.
Read below to get an idea of the sound Rogers will bring with his new music, as well as his start in music, getting his record deal, and more!
Justin Loretangeli: Who were some of your biggest musical influences growing up?
Nate Rogers: My biggest influences were Brooks and Dunn, Alan Jackson, and George Jones.
JL: Was there a specific moment you knew you wanted to make music for a living?
NR: As far back as I can remember, I always knew deep down that music was what I’ve always wanted to do as a career.
JL: You’ve been performing since you were six years old. Is there anything you’ve learned during this time span that has helped you with your performances today?
NR: I’ve definitely gained a lot of stage experience; how to handle all the positive and negative things that can be thrown at you during a live performance especially.
JL: How did you come on to the radar of Red Barn Music?
NR: One of Red Barn Music’s artists, Ashton Dupré, was playing at a bar in my home town, and during one of his breaks, I asked to hop up on stage and play a couple of songs, and as soon as I climbed back off of the stage, he handed me a business card for Red Barn Music. He told me if I was serious about pursuing my music career, to give that number a call, so I did. One thing lead to another and here we are.
JL: As a young artist about the release his first single, is it at all intimidating/nerve-wracking to allow people to hear original music for the first time?
NR: I’ll admit, there is a kind of nervous feeling about releasing original music. But I ask myself, ‘is it something I enjoy listening too?’ Because if I enjoy it, someone else will too.
JL: As a young artist, have you gotten any valuable advice from more experienced artists as you prepare to release your first single?
NR: I have. Multiple artists have stressed this point to me: to stay humble no matter what. Regardless of how big of an artist I become, I’m just a regular guy just like everybody else in this world.
JL: What type of sound can people expect from you on your debut single and future releases?
NR: Classic, old school country sound. Somewhere between Alan Jackson and Keith Whitley.
JL: What are your thoughts on the current state of country music? What can young artists like yourself do to change the current landscape?
NR: Some new country music is good music, don’t get me wrong. I personally think a lot of what’s called ‘new country,’ isn’t even country music at all. It’s more along the lines of pop music! I plan to bring back the original country sound, with steel guitars and violins. How can someone consider it country music just because they talk about drinking beer on a dirt road? Country music isn’t just about the words of the song, but sound of the song as well. People have lost the true sound of country music, and I intend to bring it back.
JL: What are some of your goals for the next part of your career?
NR: My main goal for this year is to put out an original EP. I am working with the writers at RBM and have been in and out of the studio. I also want to grow my local and regional fan base, and start headlining the bigger venues in the area, like the Mikko at Coushatta and Cowboys in Lafayette. I have opened there a few times, and the atmosphere is awesome.
JL: When can fans expect to hear original music?
NR: I plan to release my first album hopefully in the beginning of 2019! Once released, it will be on all major music markets.
*Images Courtesy of Nate Rogers’ Facebook Page*