Texas native and Nashville resident Nestor AnDress released his most recent album, Falling in Love back in February. Having been out on the road this summer, AnDress is gearing up to return to the studio to work on a deluxe version of the album to be released sometime later this year. Ahead of his shows in Florida, AnDress kindly took the time to talk about his current single “Drunk In A Bar,” its accompanying video, what’s ahead and more.
You were on the road to becoming a lawyer when you chose to follow your dream of making music. Was there any one thing that spurred the career change?
I had always been a poet and a writer, so when I found out I could play a melody on the guitar alright, I put them together - and I fell in love. For me being, being able to have an influence and impact on people through music is an incredibly cool thing.
And was your family supportive of the change?
Absolutely not! At first, nobody really understood what I was doing because no one in the family plays and sings. One time though, I brought my mom on stage at a rodeo to sing her a song I wrote for her called “Mama.” When she heard a bunch of strangers singing back the words I wrote for her she said, “Nestor, you’re born for this.” That was all I needed to hear.
You wrote or co-wrote every song on the album. Were you writing from a young age or did that come later?
I’ve always loved music - George Strait, Brooks and Dunn, Texas artists and Frank Sinatra - but I was more into writing poetry and literature than songs. I didn’t write my first song until I was in college, and when I saw that people cared and wanted to hear my music – well, it’s like no other feeling. I pour my heart out in a song and when what I sing means something to another heart, that’s a beautiful thing.
I also started playing shows in college too. My RA’s [resident advisors] and I would jam out every now and then and eventually we decided that we wanted to put on a show. We didn’t know the first thing about scheduling [a gig], so I just started calling bars and found out they booked three months in advance – but by then the semester would be over. We did get a last minute call to fill in though. I don’t know how we pulled it off, but we did. And then we got called back and referred to another bar and that started a ripple effect.
This past February you released your latest album, Falling In Love which really has a theme running through with the songs connecting with one another.
I had a vision, and purpose, for Falling In Love. I like creating and capturing a moment with words and with this album I wanted to take the listener on a journey of a relationship. The correlation between the songs is a natural flow that was definitely very intentional.
One of the songs from the record, “Drunk In A Bar,” is your current single which you recently released a video for. Can you share the story behind the song and the video?
I was really excited to use that title because a title can carry its own weight and meaning even if it’s never mentioned in a song. The title “Drunk In A Bar” completely will sidetrack whoever will experience the song. You hear the title and expect whiskey, late nights and neon, but instead it captures a moment of passionate love.
As for the video, I worked with Chris Stanton on it and am really blessed and happy with how it came out. It was a beautiful experience, as a writer, to work with and create a shared vision with someone to bring my words to life visually.
There are a bunch of Easter eggs in the video too. I wanted both Kevin Post [steel guitar] and Charles Longoria [guitar] in the video because they did such a glorious job on the record; the bartender is Devin Barker, who I co-wrote the song with, and the girl we chose is actually a fan. We had a casting call and all of the ladies who showed up would have been phenomenal, but I wanted someone to capture the magic I was looking for. I started to describe this girl and I realized, ‘I know her!’ She goes to my shows every time I’m in Nashville and so I messaged her and she lost her mind in the most beautiful, excited way. So it was really cool to bring in a fan and make her a part of the project. Now, I not only have a lifelong fan, but I have a friend as well.
What are your plans for the remainder of the year?
As soon as I am done this last run in Florida, I will head into the studio to work on the deluxe version of the album for the month of September. I haven’t decided what all will be on it yet, but I do know that I want it to be very organic and give the listener the feeling of being right there with me when I’m singing.
I will also be filming the documentary of Falling In Love where we’ll go behind the songs and give the fans the different back stories. After that I will make my way down to Texas to play some shows. I’m excited to expand my touring and bring my music to people who don’t even know I exist yet…and make sure they do!
Finally, I always like to know: is there one recent release that you cannot stop listening to and recommend we check out?
I really like both Jon Pardi’s [California Sunrise] and Cody Johnon’s [Gotta Be Me] new records.
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