Got Country Online Interview With Jacob

Country entertainment website Got Country Online sat down with Jacob at a coffee shop in Nashville after a huge snowstorm to talk about a wide range of topics.

One of our favorite lines in the preface: “Needless to say, if you’ve ever met them it’s quick to see that the band is a bunch of fun loving jokesters with a passion for music.” This couldn’t be more true!

Got Country posted the full audio of the interview and you can listen here: http://www.gotcountryonline.com/jacob-davis-talks-tours-fears-and-the-future-with-contributor-kelly/

We’ve also transcribed the audio for you below, because that’s what we do.

Also, if you missed Jacob’s EPK, here it is:

Got Country Online audio interview transcription:

Hey Guys! This is Kelly with Got Country Online and we’re here today in Nashville with Jacob Davis.

K: Jacob, how are you?

J: I’m good, I’m good, happy to be here.

K: Braving the snow to come out and meet with us today.

J: I am, it’s crazy out there.

K: So for those people that don’t know you, give us a little background of how you got started in music and yourself in general.

J: Ok. I’m from Louisiana, north Louisiana, and went to LSU. I kind of grew up on music and around music. My mom played in the church and dad wrote songs and played guitar and that whole thing. But I didn’t really get into it until late in college. I just kind of fell in love with it. I wrote the first song and knew that it was just kind of a good thing to get away to. And I started playing in bars out of college and I guess the bug got ahold of me. When it gets in your blood, it gets in your blood. There’s nothing you can do. So that’s when it started. I moved to Nashville a year out of college and it’s been rock-and-roll ever since.

K: Back in September, you released your single “Something to Remember You By,” what’s the story behind that?

J: Something To Remember You By I actually wrote with two good buddies of mine, Trevor Rosen and Matt Jenkins. I remember writing that song at Trevor’s house. Both of them had newborn babies and I’ll never forget on the work tape you can hear both their babies playing on the floor, laughing and stuff so it’s so funny. I need to try to find that. But as far as the story goes, you just try to find, we had a good groove, it started with the “bump, bump, bump, bump, bump, bump, bump, bump” and then Trevor threw out the line “wake up, stand up, stretch” and then it was off to the races from there.

K: That song was actually on Whiskey Riff’s Top 25 of 2015. What does it mean to you to be on a list that’s also Tim McGraw, Sam Hunt, what does that mean to you and your career?

J: It’s awesome. It’s great. I really am, I’m flattered about it. To be in company with those guys, it’s hard to put into words. I look up to a lot of them, I’m friends with a lot of them so it’s really cool.

K: Tell me a little bit about the mixtape that was recently released that’s kind of circulating and getting quite a buzz.

J: That was kind of the Squad, the whole crew doing that, getting their hands on it and just getting free music out there. I’ve always had the mentality getting into this business, writing songs and just letting the music kind of take a life of its own. That’s really what that’s done. I mean the response has been incredible. People are just falling in love with it. I couldn’t be happier to let that kind of grow legs and do what it does. [Ed. Note: If you want a free CD or email of 15 of Jacob’s songs, message the Jacob Davis Squad on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.]

K: Well we love to get new music out there and let the listeners hear. You kind of touched up on it and I was going to ask if there’s any truth to the song “Daddy’s Dream” and your father being a musician.

J: It’s all a true story, it really is. You know, Dad didn’t get the chance to do this and when I did, it was like he really is living it through me. He’s a proud, proud Papa. But it’s all true, it is.

K: Is your brother a musician as well?

J: Yeah, yeah he is. He’s actually out on the west coast right now on tour with Chase Rice. He’s killing it! [Ed. Note: Jacob’s brother is Jordan Davis, check out his Soundcloud here: https://soundcloud.com/jordan-davis-songwriter]

K: What song on the album means the most to you?

J: “Daddy’s Dream” for sure. Yeah.

K: Do you feel like when you’re songwriting, do you tend to write more about what you know, personal experiences or do you get an idea and just branch off of it?

J: It’s usually an idea. It usually like it will start with a title and then you just try to keep running with it. But sometimes like “Daddy’s Dream” comes up. It’s a true story and you want to just branch off on that. You’ve got to really dig deep. You’ve got to get vulnerable in stories like that. Sometimes it can be a groove like “Something To Remember You By,” sometimes it’s an idea, sometimes it’s just a cool lyric. It kind of varies. Every song is different. It comes to life in a different way.

K: If you could co-write with anybody, who would it be?

J: I haven’t written with Shane McAnally and I want write with Shane McAnally. He’s a guy that I know, I love Shane, he’s awesome. He’s a busy guy and I haven’t gotten a chance to get in a room with him but hopefully soon. So it’d be Shane.

K: Is there anybody that you currently write with a lot that you mesh really well with?

J: Yeah, Trevor. Trevor Rosen’s one of my favorite co-writers in town. I write great stuff with him. And my producer is Forest Whitehead, so Forest is another guy that I write really well with and just kind of really dig in and get the coolest stuff. They are not afraid to say what people say you can’t say. They almost want to thrive on when someone says “oh you can’t say that, they won’t play that on country radio.” They are the guys are like “whatever dude, we’re going to say what we want.”

K: I feel like that’s the current trend right now. People reaching outside the box and it seems to be working.

J: Absolutely. People are taking more risks and it’s refreshing to see that in country music.

K: Is there anything recently that you’ve worked on that you’re really excited about? Maybe coming out?
J: There are so many. We’ve got so many songs coming out that I can’t really pick one, I don’t think. We’ve got a handful of them that are about to blow up.

K: What’s the best advice that you’ve been given in your career so far?

J: There’s been a lot of good stuff. The best advice that I’ve been given is “don’t be afraid to say what you feel, don’t be afraid to say what you don’t think people are going to relate to because there is somebody out there always that’s going to.” Other co-writers, other artists that are like “don’t be afraid to take a chance.” No fear baby!

K: What’s been the hardest lesson that you’ve had to learn so far?

J: Well, with the music business, the hardest lesson for me is patience. I moved to town and things started happening really quick. I got a publishing deal really fast. I was here six months, Kelly, and it doesn’t happen that way. A lot of people – five years before anybody will take a chance on them. So it happened with me quick, as far as publishing goes, so I thought the next thing was in six months I’ll just have a record deal and we’ll be on a bus and running the road. That was four years ago. So, it takes time. But you know what? Looking back on it, I needed that time. There were a lot of songs that were in me that I wasn’t mature enough to get out. So that’s probably been the toughest lesson, but it’s been the most valuable.

K: Who are some of your musical influences?

J: That’s another tough one. You’re hammering it on, aren’t you?! A guy that I grew up with and that I love as far as songwriting and just playing is James Taylor. I think that guy’s got so much swag and he doesn’t even know it. He’s one of those cats. And then Garth was a huge influence.

K: I got to see him last weekend, it was amazing.

J: Did you really? It’s by far, top three shows I’ve ever seen. I saw him in Canada a little while back and it was amazing. That was when he was just coming back. So Garth, but then there’s a lot of rock-and-roll guys that we as a band, collectively, we love. Kings of Leon. We listen to them a lot driving down the road. Ryan Adams, Tom Petty as far as the rockers go. But country, God, everybody. I grew up on Tim McGraw, Alan Jackson, Garth, Strait. And then a lot of the new guys, they’re paving a way so it’s pretty awesome.

K: So a couple of our signature Got Country questions…what’s something people would be surprised to know about you?

J: {long pause} I’m afraid of elevators.

K: Is there a story behind it? (laughing)

J: No, I’ve never been stuck in one, knock on wood. But that’s right. I am. It’s the fear of the unknown. I’m so afraid of getting stuck in between floors, it kills me!

K: I’m afraid of being under a bridge, parked, and having something happen. So I kind of get that.

J: Are you really? See, and they make fun of me on the road cause we’re always in hotels. If I’m by myself, I’m GOING to take the stairs. I’m not going to get in that elevator. I appreciate you bringing that up. That’s sweet of you. ELEVATORS. NEXT QUESTION.

K: What is something on your personal and professional bucket list?

J: Professional – I want to play at Bridgestone (Arena). I want to headline Bridgestone. That’s a big one. I’ve seen so many great concerts there from just moving here to last week. So, that’s a big one. And we’re going to do it. Personally – I want to be a great husband and a great dad. That’s a big one, man.

K: If you could do a CMT Crossroads with anybody, who would it be?

J: Ooh, good question. Ryan Adams would be awesome. Ryan Adams would be awesome. Yeah.

K: Well, we’ll set that up with CMT.

J: Yeah, if you’ll call him and just tell him that I’m interested, he’s cool, he’ll be down.

K: Just recently you opened up for Old Dominion and coming up I believe, Chase Bryant and Drake White, what do you take from those shows and the learning process?

J: They’re all clowns, every one of them. No, I’m kidding! What do I take from them? So much. Like Old Dominion, those guys are just buddies of mine but as far as performers, and just being on stage, the presence is unreal. And from Drake, Drake’s the same way. Drake is all over the place, he’s a stomping fool. And Chase, what I took away from him, not only is he one of the best guitar players that we’ve been on the road with, but he’s got a way of connecting with the audience that is awesome. He’s a young guy but he feeds off of them, he knows how to read. He can go from singing an intimate song to being on top of the speaker whaling away on a solo. They all have different things but I guarantee you every show we collectively as a band learn something. And if we keep doing that, we’re good.

K: What is one song you wish you wrote?

J: The most recent is Brothers Osborne “Stay a Little Longer.” That song is a frickin’ hit. That’s the most recent one, you see it on the charts and you’re like “oh my gosh” how is that song so smooth.

K: I think you know, I opened up to Twitter if any of the fans had questions, and in 2 1/2 days there was over 3,000 engagements with that tweet alone. Whether it was favorites or retweets, that’s how many people saw it.

J: What? Wow!

K: So I did pull a couple of those and Kristen wanted me to ask about your Squad.

J: My Squad?

K: Your Squad.
J: I don’t even know how to put words together for that. They are a machine. I think that that’s a good word for it. They are a machine. Those girls, and if there’s guys in it, I’m not sure, but they work their tails off and they do it for the love of the music. It’s not like they’re getting a check from a company or anything like that. They love the music and that touches me because I touch them with it. And as an artist, as a songwriter, as a singer, as a player – that’s the pinnacle. If people are responding to your music, there’s nothing better. So yeah, they’re a total machine and I love them. Make sure they know that.

K: Erica wanted to know, what’s your favorite song to perform?

J: Most recently it’s been “Flight Risk.”

K: Kristen wanted to know if you prefer to go into a co-write with an idea or just a fresh slate.

J: I like to go in with an idea, but sometimes when you go in with an idea, it may not work. But there’s also something about going in with a totally blank canvas that’s cool. Preferably I want to have a hit idea that I can walk in and be like “y’all check this out.”

K: Danielle wants to know if you’ll ever tour or do shows with your brother.

J: I hope so. That would be amazing. That’s on the bucket list for sure.

K: What are you most looking forward to in 2016?

J: We’ve got a lot of good things happening. There’s great interest. So, in 2016, I’m looking forward to recording. I’m looking forward to going into the studio with that clean slate, that blank canvas, a putting it down. Being creative. On top of touring and playing shows. But while we’re in Nashville being in the studio. So that’s what I’m looking forward to.

K: What’s the best way for your fans to keep up to date with everything you’re doing?
J: What they’re doing now. Twitter, Instagram, the website. So those three are the best, I’m the most active on all those. And trying to get better so forgive me if I slack here and there!

K: We will try to keep everybody up to date with Got Country Online. Jacob I want to thank you for meeting today.

J: Thank you Kelly, I appreciate it, this has been awesome.

K: It’s been fun getting to know you and we look forward to a lot more from you.

J: Absolutely, Thanks again!

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