Originally from Texas, but based in Nashville since 2014, Hudson Moore’s songs are firmly rooted in country though they’re equally influenced by other genres, like rock, pop and the blues. In 2012 his single "Fireworks" climbed atop the Texas charts where it remained for two weeks, ultimately being the 7th most played song at the end of the year. Now, multi-instrumentalist Moore returns with new music from an upcoming project that is poised to take him and his music well beyond the Lone Star state. Moore kindly took the time to talk about his new songs, his ever expanding fan base and more.
You’ve been playing music since you were a teenager, but studied film in college. When did you decide then to pursue music professionally?
I moved to Austin to attend UT where I studied radio, tv, and film. All the while I was writing songs and playing music, but it wasn’t anything I did professionally. The summer after sophomore year, I released my debut record, Fireworks, and in the Fall, I put a band together and things just took off from there. I played festivals and venues around the state to the point where I had to make the decision to stay in school or pursue this dream full time. I took the semester off and just tore up the highway playing every weekend ....and haven’t looked back since. I consciously made the decision to go for it and I don’t regret it for a minute; I can’t see myself doing anything else.
Being from Fort Worth you definitely have that Texas feel to your music, but you also bring in that contemporary sound into your songs; particularly on these two new ones, which remind me of Keith Urban. Is that a pretty fair assessment?
That’s definitely fair. Keith Urban is one of my biggest influences as far as mainstream country acts. My influences are all over the map from B.B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, the Allman Brothers and, of course, many Texas artists, but as far as contemporary country Keith is one of my favorites, so I appreciate you hearing that.
In January, you released a brand new song, “Sand in the Bed” which is pretty romantic. Is there a story behind the song?
I hadn’t put out new music in about a year and “Sand in the Bed” is sort of the leak for the project. It is a honeymoon song that I wrote with JT Hodges and Andrew Petrov. I had the title and we went into the write with our wheels spinning and walked out with something we were all excited about. I’m happy it’s the first song to introduce people to the new project.
And very shortly, you will release another song and video, “Some Are.”
“Some Are," which I wrote with Lance Carpenter and Philip Pence, is the first official single. It’s an upbeat fun song, with some nostalgic elements, about this guy looking back on different types of people. It’s kind of a play on words where it says in the lyrics “Some are gonna make you feel brand new and some are gonna break your heart in two," but it has an overall optimistic tone to it. It’s just a fun song that hopefully people will sing along to and get them moving.
We completed the video for the song as well and are hoping to release it in the next week or two. It’s in the same style as “Sand in the Bed,” but different. I really enjoy doing those videos that give you a fresh perspective, where people see that I play different instruments as well as the recording process.
The video for “Sand in the Bed” was done in black and white and shows you in the studio, as you said, playing multiple instruments on which you seem quite proficient. Is there anything you don't play?
I have to be careful what I say here because there are so many talented musicians in Nashville (laughing). Guitar and drums are my two main instruments. On my records, I do 95% of all of the over dubs from the electric and acoustic guitar, six string banjo, mandolin, drums, some bass, and harmonies. A lot of artists will come in and sing vocals and be done with it, but I enjoy laying guitar parts, and figuring out the hooks as well as producing, mixing and arranging. I enjoy every aspect of making a record.
You mentioned an upcoming project. Will that be released in the coming months?
We’re not quite sure if it will be a couple of EPs or a full album, but I’m pushing for a full album like most artists would. I just want to get music out there, hopefully in the next couple months.
Being that you live in Nashville now, will this project have more of a national push with songs to country radio?
As an independent artist it’s tricky, but we’re organically introducing ourselves to select radio stations and hopefully get them on board to play the song [“Some Are”]. My goal from day one is to make music for as many people to enjoy as possible. I don’t care if you live in Texas, Canada, Alaska or New York, if we can get there I will come play for you. I want to take my music as far as it can go.
Already you have played places that are on many an artist’s bucket list like Billy Bob’s, Gruene Hall, Austin City Limits Festival and SXSW.
I am grateful to have played those places and to have opened for people like ZZ Top and Alan Jackson, but I think once you accomplish those things, you set your sights on new goals. A big dream of mine is to land an opening slot on a big tour, play some new places and get the music out there. And of course, the ultimate goal would be to eventually headline my own tour.
The music does seem to be getting out there as over the past few months, your social media following has really grown. You gained over 16K new Facebook likes, your Spotify followers are up 51%, and your views on YouTube are over 813K.
It’s been pretty awesome to see it taking off a bit. Social media is a huge part of getting the music out there. It’s really important to have a good relationship with your fans; I really enjoy interacting with them and I think it goes a long way.
Finally, I always love to know what you’re listening to.
I’m all over the map. I’m still jamming to Traveler. Chris Stapleton, man his voice is just incredible. I’m loving the new Adele record too. And I don’t know if I should admit this or not, but I’m not going to lie, the new Bieber [Justin] is good; he really stepped up his game on this one.
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Watch "Sand in the Bed" here
Purchase "Some Are" https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/some-are-single/id1082966383
Purchase "Sand in the Bed" https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sand-in-the-bed-single/id1078758203