With his long mane, skinny jeans, and cowboy boots Seth Williams has the physique, attitude, and the spirit of a ghost of country legends past...
On the topic of "Inspiration": “For me, most of my inspiration comes at the moment. It could be something somebody said or just what I am doing right then and there. So really inspiration can hit me anywhere, whether I’m in the shop working or traveling down the road to my next show.”
Here is what he had to say about his childhood growing up in Carolina.
“I was raised by a tight-knit family, in a town where everybody knows everybody. My dad was a professional mud racer/mechanic/car salesman, and my mom was a nurse until she came home to homeschool my sister and me.”
The bluesy singer’s point of view about the entirety of country music is “regret.” To him, the best country music is the ones about regret. Which is why Always on My Mind by Willie Nelson remains his favorite country song because it is the ultimate regret song.
"If you are wondering what mud racing is, it's an automotive sport. There's a 250 foot mud pit and the goal is to get the furthest through and/or have the fastest time. For my dad's side of the family, racing is pretty much what we did every weekend."
Seth Williams is kind of like when you stumble into a bar and you lock eyes with a cutie from across the bar that seems approachable so you mosey on over and say, "hi" to them and the more you talk to them you realize that they are way deeper than you thought and they "GET" you and you get a little giddy, because, you realize that you stumbled on to something magical and it's beautiful and real and it was unplanned which makes it even better...... Yeah, Seth is kind of something like that. If you were like us and couldn't get enough of Seth Williams here is where you can get more from him.
We looked at each other and said, "This girl is the total package. She looks like a model, sings like a goddess and all the while reminds you of the girl next door." So naturally we were super excited to be apart of this feature as much as she was.
Born and raised in Napa Valley, California it's very easily to relate her voice to her hometown. It's like our social media coordinator said, "Her voice is like home-made wine!" Now living in Nashville, Shelby has decided to jump in and fully commit to the life of a struggling musician in the music city. But, we had to ask... what was the connection? How does a girl from Nappa Valley fall in love with the twang of country music?
her answer: "I first started getting into music because of my Dad. While I was growing up he was in a band called "Silvercreek" so I kind of fell in love with everything about music and performance. I learned guitar when I was about thirteen, just super simple chords. Then I started writing my own music pretty soon after that. Seeing my dad perform and love it so much was definitely the main reason that I had any interest in music. Now he's one of my biggest fans and biggest critics(in the best way) and the bond we have because of our love for music is really important to me. I started really taking my music and songwriting seriously about two and half years ago when I moved to Nashville, I think that was my big push and when I finally told myself this is the career I wanted to pursue."
"I've always been a country music fan...
I'm sure it had a lot to do with the fact that growing up country music was all my family listened to, but, as I got older I also just realized that it's a genre that I'll always be able to connect to and love. I love to see country artists really putting their own flavor into what their doing though. It's admirable when artists can take country music and intertwine it with rock or soul without taking away the country roots."
We love Shelby's voice and music. Like every artist we love to get to know what makes them tick and get into their mind. So, what artists most influenced Shelby growing up?
Her answer: "Lyrically I think I pull from a lot of different experiences for inspiration. Whether it be in my own life or life around me, if it really hits me and makes me think/feel deeply then chances are there will be a song in the works about it that night. Writing is kind of my way of venting a lot of the time. I'm influenced by a lot of different artists and genres. Growing up I was mostly into bands like The Eagles, The Dixie Chicks, and Alabama but then as I got older I started liking some more pop and r&b. Right now I'm really impressed with Maren Morris in the country world, I'm pretty sure I say that in every interview but I really mean it! In the pop world Dua Lipa is a stand out for me right now. She's a fairly new artist but her soul influence is awesome, so I'm really into her latest album. I don't know, I'm pretty all over the place when it comes to who's inspiring me because it can change daily!"
If there's anything you'd want our readers to know what would it be?
anything you heard on this EP just know there will be more where that came from I’m trying to get back in the studio as soon as possible to work out some new ideas. ALSO keep an eye out for a couple live acoustic sessions coming out on YouTube, one song off the EP and one that hasn’t been released or even recorded yet."
Here's the rest of the interview:
Q: what country song title best describes your love life?
A: Oh Jeeeez... “What Was I Thinkin” – Dierks Bentley
Q: What is your favorite country Song and Why?
A: I have way too many favorites but a stand out oldie I’ll never get tired of is “Two Dozen Roses” – Shenandoah
Q: Which of your songs is your favorite and why?
A: I love them all of my children equally BUT the song “Don’t” off the EP always seems to resonate with me the most and that’s why I named the EP after it. I just think it sums up a point in my life that I needed to get past and when I sing it or play it, I feel empowered and hopefully listeners will too.
Q: As an artist what is one of your favorite moments in your career?
A: Well I’m still pretty new to it all so hopefully there are exciting moments to come! But as of right now I’m really just stoked to finally have my music out, it's been a long time coming so I can’t wait to see what might come from it.
Based out of Winston Salem, North Carolina Sam Foster has a very retro evocative sound. With a mingle of Dylan/ Springsteen meets modern day country Foster is the type of artist that packs a subtle punch to your ear's senses. After listening to tracks like "Drive You Away" and "Miami Springs" we had to get to know Foster and what makes him tick. "I enjoy airplanes & collecting/listening to Vinyl," says Foster when asked what he likes to do in his free time. "Yoakam, American Aquarium, Springsteen, Steve Earle, Tom Petty, and Jason Isbell (just) to name a few. My songs are honest and real and are a reflective of those influences. (I think) authenticity is key for keeping your integrity as a songwriter," he continued. When asked about where his inspiration comes from and (like a true country artist) his reply was, "My songs are based on experiences I've gone through."
This is the problem with most modern day country artists... sorry, but, they don't write their own songs. They reach into a electronic stack of pre-made hits, sign on the dotted line, and hit the studio. CD's are basically made on a conveyer belt. Country music USED to be about the story! The story of the common man/woman... now where is it? It is about the profit. We are here to say that Sam Foster is NOT one of those artists. Sam is a man with a story to tell and we are tickled to hear it.
But, which of HIS favorite songs is Sam tickled to play the most? "There's a song I'm putting on my next record called 'Lucy' that I'm recording right now. It's a fast & fun song that's fun to jam on." While we are on the subject of favorites here's a few of Sam's.
Q: What is your favorite song & why?
A: "These Arms" by Dwight Yoakam. (This was) one of the first songs I remember hearing as a child and I memorized all the words. I've loved that song since I was 3 or so.
Q: As an artist what is one of your favorite moments in your career?
A: In October 2016 me and my fellow singer/songwriter Seth Williams opened for American Aquarium. They're one of my largest influences and getting to talk with them an share the stage was an absolute thrill.
Q: Favorite place to play?
A: That's a hard question to answer. Castle's Deli in King, NC and Quiet Pint Tavern in Winston Salem, NC are great. There's so many great venues that support up and coming artists. It's hard to name just one!
Local boys like their local watering holes am I right? Lol. We DID however have one last question for Sam though. Ladies just in case you're wondering...
Q: What one song would describe your love life?
A: "Lonesome, Onry, and Mean" by Waylon Jennings
If you wanna get to know Sam Foster more click the picture below. In the meantime, Sam is in the process of making a new album due to release sometime in 2017.
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