After the success of their debut single, “She Don’t Like Roses,” the Trent Cowie Band, the newest signees of Red Barn Music, are looking to take their next step forward in 2019.
With a new single to be released at the end of the month and a full-legnth album later in the year, the band is looking to ride the wave of “She Don’t Like Roses” into their major break in 2019, and all signs point to it being a big year for the quartet.
But before they catch their wave, hear from frontman Trent Cowie about the band’s influences, when he knew he wanted to make music for a living, “She Don’t Like Roses,” and more!
Pro Country: Who were your biggest musical influences growing up?
Trent Cowie: I would have to say anyone from Tom Petty, Waylon Jennings, to Merle Haggard; I don’t have just one. I form ideas from everything I can. There’s talent even in the “newer age” of music. Artists like, William Clark Green, Jason Boland, and Randy Rogers, just to name a few. But without a doubt, I credit my dad for my love of country music. When I was a kid, he used to put “Country Legends 97.1” on the garage radio, and I would hear all the classics while tinkering on cars or four wheelers. Outlaw music has been in my head ever since.
PC: Was there a specific moment you knew you wanted to make music for a living?
TC: I used to play acoustic gigs here and there, and I have played guitar for as long as I can remember, but it wasn’t until I wrote my first song, played it live, and had people dance to it that I realized this is what I want to do for a living. It’s a feeling I can’t describe, having your heart out there in the ears of people on the dance floor. Both nerve racking and rewarding.
PC: Can you talk about the inspiration behind “She Don’t Like Roses”?
TC: I was sleeping on a really uncomfortable couch at my buddy’s house, in between jobs, and missing my friends back home when I got the idea for the song. The first verse, “The couch ain’t as comfy when the work is light, but that stove is hot and that porch feels right, oh how the yellow bulb shines” describes the night I started writing it.
PC: As you were preparing to release “She Don’t Like Roses,” were you feeling any pressure- internally or externally, as you were preparing to release music for the first time?
TC: I was nervous, but at the same time, my excitement diluted my anxiety about it because I was confident in what my band and I had created for the song I wrote.
PC: What level of confirmation does it give you when your debut single achieves nearly 50,000 streams on Spotify and thousands of views on YouTube?
TC: I am definitely blessed with the outcome of our first single; it makes everything feel worth it and gets me excited to release more music. It’s a small success to me, and I want to aim higher and hope to only learn more with the next release.
PC: The band showcases a few different sounds, from southern rock to 90s country to more progressive sounds. Is it at all important/ a focus for you to have that versatility in your sound?
TC: Ultimately my main focus is to play well and create something people can feel and relate to. I don’t think there is a specific sound we shoot for other than good of course. I believe in organic/natural methods, and It’s important to stay genuine to us, that being said, it’s definitely important to have each band member’s contribution to our overall sound. We each have different backgrounds, and to me, that’s what makes our sound so unique.
PC: How do you think your partnership with Red Barn Music will help you take the next step with your music career?
TC: Being from Texas, I definitely look forward to getting into the Louisiana music scene. I know that’s Red Barn’s turf, so I know they can help.
PC: What kind of validation is it to have the backing of Red Barn and be amongst the great talent they are working with?
TC: I am looking forward to seeing what it means to be a part of Red Barn music.
PC: When can fans expect to hear new music? What do you have planned for 2019?
TC: We are releasing another single at the end of January. Fans can look forward to more shows in more places, and more music! Aiming for a full-length album mid-year. We’re also booking bigger and more significant shows this year, so I’m remaining hopeful that 2019 is our break out year.
*All images courtesy of Trent Cowie Band Facebook Page*