When asking folks what draws them to country music, a common answer may be how the songs relate so well to its listeners. The songs speak the truth. That’s the music Blaine Holcomb was brought up on, and with his new EP, Lessons, that’s the music he’s delivered.
Songs of love, love lost and reminiscing comprise Holcomb’s newest six-song effort, as Holcomb provides a backbeat that fits perfectly between 90s country and contemporary sounds to create an EP that has a little bit of something for any layer of country music fandom.
We chatted with Holcomb all about Lessons, staying busy releasing music, new merch and more!
Pro Country: You’ve stayed quite active with new releases in the last few years. How important has it been for you to continue to offer new music for your fans and to keep them hooked in that way?
Blaine Holcomb: I’ve been focusing a lot the last couple years on trying to consistently release music. I think it’s important to try to release music as often as possible in today’s music scene, because it not only allows your fans to stay engaged, but also gives you new music to continue promoting across all social media platforms. And you never know when one song might take off.
PC: What went into the decision to release “When It Comes to Love” as the lead single from your newest EP, Lessons?
BH: I just felt like that song was very relatable and also up-tempo and radio friendly, so I figured it would make a great leadoff single.
PC: “When It Comes to Love” has earned nearly 400,000 streams on Spotify alone since its release. How encouraging is it for an artist when the lead single from a new project performs that well out of the gate?
BH: It’s been great! I think that song is an easy one to listen to and sing along with, and it’s cool to see it kind of set the tone for the rest of the singles and EP. I’m really grateful for how well it’s doing.
PC: “Lessons” is a duet with Kinsey Rose. How did Kinsey come to be involved with the song and why did you feel she was the right duet partner?
BH: Kinsey and I have been friends for years, and she’s always been one of my favorite singers in Nashville. She’s incredibly talented. When I first thought about recording “Lessons,” I thought that it might sound cool to have a female vocal on it, so I reached out to Kinsey to see if she’d be interested. Lucky for me, she agreed to be a part of it, and when she came in the studio to lay down her vocal part, it really took the song to a whole new level.
PC: What went into the decision to have “Lessons” serve as the title track of this EP?
BH: I think “Lessons” kind of sums up the entire EP and the different themes throughout it. There’s songs about love, heartache, reminiscing on the past, childhood memories, etc., and I think “Lessons” being a song about life and about life lessons was the perfect song to serve as the title track of this EP.
PC: “Expectin’ Champagne” is a song written by heavy-hitters Ray Scott, Ward Davis and Tommy Karlas. How did you hear the song and what drew you to cut it?
BH: I knew I wanted to cut this song the first time I heard it. My good friend Cassidy Lynn is the one who first showed me the song. Cassidy is a great songwriter and we wrote a song together on my last EP called “New Neon.” Tommy Karlas also wrote “New Neon” with us, and he’s one of the writers on “Expectin’ Champagne.” So I called Tommy and asked him if I could cut that song. I’m not sure how that song hasn’t already been recorded by someone and become a hit. It was written 18 years ago. It’s an amazing country song, and I’m honored to have been able to record it.
PC: “Love a Little More” is a song that delves into a love that continues to grow and harkens heavily into a 90s country sound. How important is incorporating that sound into your music and paying homage to that influence?
BH: This one is one of my favorites. I wrote it with my producer, Jay Brunswick, and our good friend, Jason Blaine. All three of us love 90s country, so it was inevitable that we were going to end up writing something that sounded kind of like a 90s country song. It’s important to me to keep these 90s influences in my music, because that’s the music I was raised on and what I love the most, but it’s also important that we keep it sounding contemporary and mainstream as well. I particularly love the key change in the last chorus. That’s so 90s!
PC: What do you hope listeners take away from the Lessons EP after listening all the way through?
BH: I hope this EP inspires people to enjoy life and the small moments. Hopefully it makes people reminisce on some old memories and makes them think of loved ones and friends. It’s really a project about life, and after all, that’s what country music is all about: real life.
PC: What are your plans for the rest of 2022 and going into 2023?
BH: I just released a music video for “I Ain’t Making That Up,” which is a song that I wrote with my buddy Jabe Burgess about growing up in the 90s. So that is available on YouTube, VEVO, and wherever else you can find music videos. It was a fun project to make because I gathered a bunch of old home videos from my childhood and incorporated them into the music video. But I won’t spoil it. Go check it out! As for 2023, I plan to keep writing and keep putting out new music. I don’t know for sure when the next single or project will be coming out, but I’m working on some new stuff already and can’t wait to share it when it’s done.
PC: Is there anything you’d like to add?
BH: I’m also in the process of creating some new merch and setting up an online merch store. It will be available on my website, so people can check that out when it’s launched.
*Blaine’s music is featured on The Best of Pro Country playlist!*
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