Your most recent single was “Boots On The Dance floor? Why did you release this as a single?
The first time I heard “Boots On A Dance Floor” I wanted to go straight to the studio and record it. I felt like it was a smash, like people were going to hear it and say, “That’s a Jon Wolfe song.” It’s talking about all these country elements, but with a modern mainstream feel.
You’ve toured all around Texas and the U.S. What’s been your favorite show or craziest moment on tour?
In these past three years, we’ve seen amazing growth and looking back on those, I’ve gotten to cross a lot off my bucket list. The first show that comes to mind is when I played Billy Bob’s in Fort Worth, Texas. That is definitely one of my Top 5 moments. Another one is Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa, OK. I grew up in a small town in Oklahoma, so that was big for me. I’ve opened for groups like Sugarland, but never thought I’d be headlining my own show, let alone two shows in the past eight months! That one goes down in the history books for me. Another one of my favorites is getting to play a sold out show in the famous Gruene Hall recently.
Any pre-show rituals or must haves when you’re on tour?
I’m a big “game face” guy. When it comes to to getting ready before a show, I don’t like to be around a lot of people because I want to be focused. I’m usually by myself rehearsing songs and going over lyrics. One of my must-haves prior to a show is a Shiner Bock. That beer is definitely a Texas thing!
What are your Oklahoma influences and your Austin influences?
Obviously, Garth Brooks was huge influence for me growing up in Oklahoma. I saw Garth when I was younger and that was the moment I knew I wanted to do music. He has an ability to take you on an emotional rollercoaster ride. George Strait and Pat Green are also huge influences on my career. Living and touring in Texas, there’s this maverick mentality where you work hard and do it your own way. That’s my standard.
What is your first memory of performing?
Chase Lounge in Houston, TX. It was an open mic night back in 2003/2004. My friend asked me to get up and sing a song. It was nerve-racking!
If you could perform with any musician living or dead who would it be and why?
Garth Brooks is definitely number one on that list because of my early childhood memories getting to see him live. He’s such a huge entertainer.
Do you have a process when you’re writing a song?
I come up with the title first. That’s how it was for “Any Night In Texas.” When I need to come up with ideas, I go for a run. It allows me to clear my mind and think about what I want to say. After I have a title, the melody starts to drift in. My co-writers expect I’ll come with a title and we just go from there.
Where do you look for inspiration?
Inspiration varies from where I’m at in my life or how I’m feeling that day. I like writing both happy and sad songs, so it just depends on what’s going on. If it’s a day where my truck was repossessed or my girlfriend broke up with me I’m probably not writing a happy song!
What was the influence for the new album?
For me, this album is about being a little more comfortable in my skin. I wanted this to be a raw record and an album that means different things to different people. The song itself says magical things can happen any night in Texas. This is your summer album. Whether you’re 21 hopping in your truck or going to the rodeo – this is your soundtrack.
What’s your favorite song on the album?
It sounds kind of obvious, but it has to be “Any Night In Texas” because I wrote it and it has some Americano influences. It’s a storytelling song. I really loved what we did with production and the nostalgia of it. It’s my own little personal favorite.
Do you have any clues for you fans on your next single?
I’m excited to announce my next single will be “Baby This and Baby That.” I can’t wait for you all to hear it!