Cowboy Boot History

Cowboy Boot History

The cowboy boot is more than just a shoe.  It’s part of a lifestyle, and it’s one of the key pieces of clothing that transform a person into something new.  Even with a horse, a cowboy hat, a six-shooter, a lasso, and a dusty street at high noon, no cowboy would be complete without the boots. That goes the same for a country music fan.  Try going out dancing or hitting a concert without your favorite boots.  It just wouldn’t work.

But, what’s the history behind cowboy boots?

Riding Boots Aren’t New

First off, the concept of having special footwear to wear while on the back of a horse isn’t anything new.  Some sort of equestrian boots have been around for hundreds of years.  They have been very different in every culture, but they usually managed to be unique and distinct.

What Makes a Modern Cowboy Boot

There are a few rules that are needed before something qualifies as a cowboy boot, and each feature was given for a reason.  They always have a rounded to pointed toe, and this helps the foot to get into the stirrup.  Next, they have a Cuban heel (the fancy name for the big heel on the back), and it’s there to give the boot an easier hold in the stirrup.  They never have laces because those only serve to catch on things and cause harm to the wearer.  A real cowboy pulls on his boots.  Also, they have a high shaft, and this means that they go pretty far up the leg.  Finally, they’re made from tough material, usually leather, to protect the wearer from stirrups, horses, snakes, barbed wire, and other nasty things.

Hessian Boots

Hessian Boots

And Now, the Roper Boot

The story continues into today with the more modern roper boot.  Our rodeos have more demands on the cowboys, and the biggest is that they often have to run on foot, not just on a horse.  This led to the creation roper boot, and it solves that problem by having a lower heel and not going as high up the leg.

The Inventor of the Cowboy Boot

No one really knows who made the first pair.  But, with all the different types in the evolution of the boot, maybe there wasn’t a true first pair.  Some rumors say the original was in Texas or Kansas, and that’s likely because of the location, but it’s impossible to prove.

Descendant of the Hessian Boot

Another boot that had a big influence was the Hessian boot.  This was a popular part of the cavalry uniforms during the big military period in Europe in the 19th century.  These boots had a rounded toe and slight heel, so they weren’t as extreme as cowboy boots.  But, they reached nearly to the knee to really protect the rider.

Wellington Boot

Wellington Boot

Next Came the Wellington

Wellington boots are still around as those clunky, rubber monsters that people wear when splashing through puddles, but they’re different from the original version.  They were named by an English nobleman, the Duke of Wellington, who decided to modify his Hessian’s.  Basically, they made them a little softer and significantly cut down length of the side.  This made them more comfortable and fashionable, so they weren’t unbearable to wear around during city life.

Influence by the Spanish Vaqueros

The closest ancestor of the cowboy boot was the footwear worn by the Spanish vaqueros.  These were basically cowboys from Spain, and they were around before the Wild West grew up.  They came into Mexico and Texas to herd cattle, and a lot of their traditions and methods spread north.  They wore some footwear similar to the cowboy boot.

Needed to be Affordable

One issue with making cowboy boots is that they had to be able to be sold at a fairly cheap price. Equestrian boots for militaries and high-class riding competitions could be more expensive because the buyers had deeper pockets.  But, the cowboys were farmers and country folk, so they generally had a tighter budget.  So, a big influence on the design was they had to be strong and sturdy, but for the least amount of money possible.

Cowboy Boot HistoryEven Hollywood Had a Hand in It

By the 1930s and 1940s, the Wild West had died out, but Hollywood was resurrecting it in the form of Western movies.  However, they really didn’t value functionality as much as they did appearance, and they started making costumes a lot more colorful and noticeable.  They wanted things like bright leather and patterns of flowers stitched on the outside.  It’s more than likely that a few old gunslingers were rolling over in their graves as they realized they were being portrayed with such flashy footwear.

Function vs. Beauty

Today, real cowboys still wear their boots, but they’ve become an icon for many others.  The debate between having a practical boot or a fancy pair will never end, but the best solution is probably just to get multiple pairs.  How many do you have?

Be honest…

Top Outlaw Country Songs

Top Outlaw Country Songs

Believe it or not, country music at one point was a genre which was hard to popularize and profit from. Country was a traditional style music normally enjoyed live and varied greatly from region to region. It wasn’t until the Nashville style of country came along and created a consistent standard for the genre that it was finally able to see mass appeal.

Top Outlaw Country Songs

Eventually a sub-genre called outlaw country rose up in almost direct response to the slick, mass produced patterns of the Nashville style and brought a bit of attitude to the popular country music scene. Even if the term outlaw country sounds unfamiliar, it is incredibly likely that you are already familiar with the genre without having been aware of it. The following songs are some of the most well known and culturally influential songs to have spawned from the movement. Enjoy these top outlaw country songs.

Folsom Prison Blues, Johnny Cash

A quintessential example of the outlaw style and charm is Johnny Cash’s Folsom Prison Blues. Cash actually got the chance to perform this song at Folsom Prison for one of his live albums before going on to record another album at San Quentin.

Cash, also known as the man in black, is probably one of the most well known outlaw country artists. His songs have been sampled for countless movies, commercials, and trailers over the years. If you’ve ever seen any sort of cowboy movie made after the 70s then chances are good that you’ve heard at least one of his songs.

Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain, Willie Nelson

While for many artists the term “outlaw” country is just a label, for Willie Nelson it’s a little bit more on the nose. Nelson has infamously had more than a few run-ins with the law, mainly for marijuana possession. Despite this, Nelson is popularly thought of as more of a good natured hooligan than a serious criminal.

Nelson’s Blue Eyes is a somber ballad full of longing and love gone by. While there’s normally a touch of the sentimental in most outlaw country songs, it really takes the spotlight here.

Ladies Love Outlaws, Waylon Jennings

The song Ladies Love Outlaws is argued by many to be the origin of where the “outlaw” in outlaw country comes from. If this is the case, then that would make singer Waylon Jennings and songwriter Lee Clayton the pioneers of the genre. The song itself also sets a standard for outlaw country both in sound and subject matter. The refrain of the song, “ladies love outlaws,” can be applied not only to ladies, but the populace in general. There’s a certain appeal in outlaws that ring true with almost everyone. The song itself more or less explains why the subgenre caught on.

Mama Tried, Merle Haggard

If you want to dig even deeper into the history of outlaw country, you’ll have to go back and look at the “Bakersfield Sound.” The type of country music pioneered in Bakersfield, California could be seen as almost a predecessor to outlaw country in that it too also shrugged the conventions set by the extremely popular Nashville style of country music. Merle Haggard was a musician heavily inspired by some of the biggest names in Bakersfield style country such as Buck Owens. Haggard’s music specifically can be seen as an update of the ‘50s and 60’s Bakersfield style brought into the ‘70s and ‘80s.

Mama Tried sticks to a popular theme in outlaw country- the laments of a remorseful criminal that the audience can’t help but feel sorry for. While justice usually prevails in this sub genre, we’re still allowed to root for the criminal and enjoy some of the thrill. There’s a certain amount of catharsis involved before the status quo is returned.

The Devil Went Down to Georgia, Charlie Daniels

The Devil Went Down To Georgia is much beloved for its narrative similar to that of traditional country fables. Devil also features some of the finest fiddle performances in country that manage to incorporate elements from blues and rock. This song and story has inspired countless aspects of popular media and has even been featured contemporaneously in video games and internet memes.

Jackpot, Nikki Lane

While many are quick to assume that country music is generally a man’s genre, the history of country has been shaped just as much by female musicians. The outlaw movement is no exception, with many notable women adopting or adding to the style.

More importantly, Nikki Lane is a much more recent example of outlaw country. While the sub-genre saw the most activity during the 70’s and 80’s, artists like Nikki Lane keep it alive. Jackpot is a great example that carries the same energy and devil may care attitude as many of the old classics.

King of the Road, Roger Miller

In this song, the outlaw aspect is present conceptually more than literally. The idea and romanticism associated with outlaws is generally that of freedom, which this song celebrates and reveres. Freedom might not always be glamorous, but there’s a certain magical element to it captured very well in this song.

Interview with Ray Scott

Interview with Ray Scott

We’ve got Ray Scott joining Sawyer Brown for what’s setup to be a fantastic show this week! If you haven’t bought tickets yet follow the link below.

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Interview with Ray Scott

We’re excited to have you back at the Grizzly Rose again! Tell us about your last time playing with us?

It was a snowy Thanksgiving eve a couple of years back, so the crowd was a little small, but it was great!

Tell us a bit about your newest album “Guitar for Sale.’ How is it unique and different from your previous albums?

Guitar for Sale is a little different than the last couple we put out. It’s still me, still my songwriting viewpoint, but we tracked this one live, giving it more energy and more of an unpolished sound. I wanted this record to sound reminiscent of the music that lit a fire in me years ago, be it country or rock.. I think we accomplished that. I’m proud of our results. Michael Hughes produced this record and it was a first time effort with him.

You have been in the country music game for quite some time now. What are your top 3 favorite venues to play in the country?

Well, the Grizzly Rose was on my Bucket List for a while, and we finally got to do that, so that’s one of them. I also enjoyed playing at the Corn Palace in Mitchell, SD. There have also been a number of old theaters across the US that all have their own charm. It is really hard to narrow it down.

What was your path to becoming a country musician like? Was there a defining moment or influence in your life that is most responsible for driving you to become a country musician?

I was a rocker… My first band was a rock band. Growing up in the 80’s I wasn’t a big fan of the country stuff my dad was listening to, but looking back that was more about rebellion against the folks! I heard Steve Earle singing ‘Someday.’ The song spoke to me really loudly and I was hooked. I then began to realize country was getting cool again. I immersed myself with it during the early 90s. I realized that it much more suited my sensibilities as my songwriting began to develop.

What is your all-time favorite line in any song that you’ve ever written?

My all time favorite line in one of my songs is:

  • “It ain’t the neighborhood you’re in… It’s the neighbor that you are.”

Another one that I really like is:

  • “I ain’t always thirsty when I drink”.

Ray Scott Country Singer Interview

When you aren’t on the road, in the studio, or on tour. What activities usually occupy your time?

When I’m not on the road or in the studio, I like to hang out with my best friend which is my wife Stacey. She always reminds me of what life is all about, the simple things.

It seems as if a cowboy hat is a permanent fixture in your wardrobe. Do you have a favorite brand or store for your cowboy hats?

Man, I like Lonestar Cowboy Hats. I’ve been getting them at Boot Barn, but they don’t carry them as much now. I need a new hook-up!

If someone had never heard your music and wanted to know what you are all about based on one song. Which song would you recommend them to listen to?

My first single, My Kind of Music, is a good place to start. Then they could peel the onion a number of ways after that, haha…

Looking back on all you’ve achieved, what advice do you have for someone who wants to pursue a career in music?

The Music Biz is harder than it’s ever been… You’ve gotta really burn inside to do it. And you’ve gotta work your butt off to set yourself apart from all the other newcomers. With social media, it’s like every other person is an “artist” these days. You’ve gotta really work to make yourself unquestionably legitimate and original. I still believe the cream rises to the top, but there are a lot more dead fish in the way now.

Drinkin’ Beer is a fantastic song. When your partaking in this activity, what’s your favorite beer?

Man, I’ve actually taken a break from the golden beverage, but I tend to like getting away from the big brands. I enjoy trying the specialty stuff like micro-brews. I’d also recommend Veteran Beer. They’re a smaller company that makes a superior product, and they donate a lot of proceeds to the needs of Veterans and their families. That rocks in my book!

Eric Paslay Exclusive Interview

Interview with Eric Paslay

We are very excited for Eric’s upcoming show at the Grizzly Rose. If you haven’t already got a ticket for the show you can purchase tickets below.

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Have you played at the Grizzly Rose before?

This will be my 3rd or 4th time playing at the Grizzly Rose


It’s been said that honesty is a potent tool in your creative arsenal as a musician. Can you explain this a bit and why you’ve developed this as a part of your music.

Honesty is a tool in my creative arsenal. I think every great song has honesty at its root.


Who are your top 3 favorite red heads (besides yourself)?

My Top Three Red Heads:

  1. Willie
  2. Reba
  3. Lucille Ball

You’ve had a lot of #1 hits in your time. Regardless of how well the song performed, what is your favorite song you’ve ever written and/or performed and why?

I am grateful and love all of the number one songs I’ve been a part of. One of my favorite songs is Deep As It Is Wide because I got to record it with Amy Grant and Sheryl Crow. Not only was it a dream to sing with both of them, but it was at a time when I didn’t have any hits as a writer or as a singer and them believing in me was a boost from Heaven.


You started playing guitar at a young age. Who was the artist or band that was your biggest inspiration to pick up a guitar and want to play it yourself?

I didn’t start playing guitar until I was 15, kinda crazy! Eric Clapton ‘Tears In Heaven’ was the first song I figured out on guitar. At most sound checks you might hear me playing it.

 Eric Paslay Interview

Like many country musicians you very much identify with your Texas roots. Can you tell us how important the Lone Star state is to you and how’s it’s shaped you as a musician?

Being from Texas has shaped me musically I’m sure. I think we are all shaped from the country, state and town we grow up in. I love all kinds of music and Texas radio waves are full of diversity.


Tell us about the best day you ever had. What happened that day?

The best day I ever had was when I married my wife!


Besides Texas, where is the city that’s your favorite place to play? The place that every time you see it on the tour list you smile.

One of my favorite cities to play is Denver!!!


Here’s doubled a barreled question. Who is your favorite artist you ever performed with? Also, what artist have you not performed with yet, but would love to collaborate with sometime in the future.

It’s hard to pick one person I loved performing with. Amy and Sheryl were amazing! Charlie Daniel’s was a total trip! Singing The Driver with Charles Kelley and Dierks was super special too. An artist I’d love to perform with is Tom Petty.


What’s your comfort food? After a long tour or show, what’s your go to meal to make yourself feel whole again.

Honestly, when I get home from a tour my wife and I usually walk up the street and get some Shrimp and Grits!

Country Line Dancing

Popular Country Line Dances

One of things that makes country music the very best of all the tunes out there is the ability it has to bring folks together on the dance floor. Some would even say you’ve never truly listened to country music until you’ve danced to country music. There is something charming and old-fashioned about dancing in a group, which makes going out line dancing to country music such a fun time. Compared to Salsa or Tango, line dancing is friendly to those who are learning the steps, so no need to be shy.

We’ve wrangled up a list of the most popular country line dances that are sure to get your boots tapping!

Popular Country Line Dances

Electric Slide

An oldie but a goodie, the Electric Slide offers the perfect place for dipping your cowboy boots into line dancing for the first time. This four wall, 18 count line dance was originally choreographed by Richard L.”Ric” Silver in 1976, gaining viral popularity in the late 80s and early 90s. Branching beyond the country genre, it was paired with Marcia Griffiths’ Electric Boogie. For a more traditional get down we recommend Josh Turner’s “Why Don’t We Just Dance” or Tim McGraw’s “I Like It, I Love It.” Here’s a step sheet and a tutorial video below that will have you doing grapevines all over the dance floor before you know it!

The Cowboy Cha Cha

Choreographed by Kelly Gellette & Michelle Stremche, this one has a lot of turns. It might take a bit of practice, but trust us, it’s a heck of a lot of fun once you’ve got it down! This step sheet gives a good run down of the four wall, 20 count dance. Colorado’s own Brooke & Company does an excellent demo (shown below) of this one, dancing you through everything you’ll need to know. The Cowboy Cha Cha lends itself to a handful of songs, but most often you’ll find yourself rocking back and forth to Neon Moon by Brooks & Dunn. From time to time, it will be paired with a more uptempo to tune such as Gone Country by Alan Jackson.

Double D

The Double D, also known as Duck Dynasty, is a newer line dance on the scene, choreographed by Trevor Thorton in 2015. A four wall, 32 count dance this is done to “Cut ‘em All” by Colt Ford Featuring Willie Robertson and has plenty of rocking back and forth to get you grooving. Here’s the steps break down and you can try it out for yourself with this Double D demo:

Tango with The Sheriff

Most of us do our best to avoid run-ins with law enforcement, but Tango with The Sheriff is one encounter you won’t want to miss out on. Choreographed by Adrian Churm, this four wall, 48 count dance is a delightful mixture of slides and box steps. Practice stomping along with the video below and gear up to dance to this one with “Cha Tango” by Dave Sheriff.

Bring on the Good Times

This four wall, 32 count dance choreographed by Gary O’Reilly & Maggie Gallagher absolutely lives up to its name. With a mixture of claps, slides, and struts Bring on the Good Times makes for a fun transition between beginner to intermediate level line dances.  Coupled to Lisa McHugh’s song of the same name, you’d never know this one has Irish roots…to us it sounds as country as all get out! For this one, we will have these French cowboys and cowgirls show how it’s done:

Tush Push

On par with the popularity of the Electric Slide is the Tush Push, one of the most widespread line dances found on the dancefloor over the last twenty years. Choreographed by Jim Ferrazzano, this four wall, 40 count dance earns its name from plenty of hip bumps and cha-chas as detailed in this step sheet. Some great songs are Brooks & Dunn classic “Boot Scootin’ Boogie” which makes for a great match with Tush Push, as does Alan Jackson’s “Chattahoochee.” Let’s have Robert Wilson, five-time world champion of country dance, working with artists like Taylor Swift, Kerry Underwood, Brad Lesley, take us through this one:

Step sheets and YouTube videos are helpful, but there is no replacement for hitting the dance floor to practice those shuffles and slides! With thousands of different line dances out there, we could keep rambling on, but why not grab your dancing boots, come on by the Grizzly Rose for a line dance lesson or two? We promise to show you why the most popular country line dance steps and a hoot and hollerin’ good time!

Jon Pardi Exclusive Interview

Interview with Jon Pardi

We’re very excited for our upcoming show with Jon Pardi! We had the opportunity to ask Jon some questions to get to know a bit more about him, here’s what we found out.

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Jon Pardi Grizzly Rose

Have you played at the Grizzly Rose before?

YES! It’s been a couple of years, but we are excited to be back!


We’ve heard that you started writing music before you were even a teenager. What inspired you to want to be a musician at such a young age?

My grandmother was a big inspiration for me. I grew up listening to 90’s country so all those guys inspired me as well.


You’re a California boy who moved to Nashville to pursue a dream of becoming a country musician. Which do you prefer California or Tennessee?

I prefer AMERICA!


Your California roots are more blue collar than the stereotypical Orange County, surfer boy type. Tell us a bit about why this is important to you and how it shaped you as an artist.

Man, that’s just how I grew up. I’ve always worked hard and I carried that work ethic into music with me. It’s what helped drive me to Nashville.


If you could team up with one other country artist right now to record a duet album and go on tour, who would it be and why?

Gotta go with Dierks. I am out on tour with him right now. The album would be called “Jon and Dierks sing Frank Sinatra”

Jon Pardi Exclusive Interview

A lot of people talk about your voice and that it has a very old-school country sound to it. Is this something you deliberately worked on to give a certain tone to your music or is just something you were born with?

I’ve been twangy since I was 7!


How many instruments can you play?

Guitar and drums.


What is Jon Pardi doing when he’s not playing music or touring the country?

Working on my ranch and renting bulldozers!!


What’s your favorite song that you’ve written so far and why?

“Head Over Boots” because it was my first #1! Everyone loved this song and I really think it had a big impact on couples.

Top Red Dirt Country Songs

If you’re a big fan of country music, then you’ve definitely heard of red dirt music! It’s a musical style that’s rough around the edges, and it can really spur up the rebellious outlaw in you, so we’ve put together a list of the top red dirt country songs to get you going!

Top Red Dirt Country Music Songs

What Is Red Dirt Country Music?

Red Dirt is a style of country music that comes out of Stillwater, OK. We can get even more specific and say that it came blasting out of a house called the Farm, owned by Bob Childers – the father of the musical style.

As with any type of music, it’s hard to limit it to one specific definition, but there are many traits that most songs in the genre follow. It’s basically the rebellious side of country music, and the mindset is as important as the music itself. Most of the time it has a folky sound to it, but the lyrics are often edgier than the more mellow styles of country music. Because of the mindset behind it, a lot of the artists borrow from other musical styles when making their magic.

Now, for a sample of some of the best.

Restless Dreams

Tom Skinner

This one’s a bit of a mix of history because Restless Dreams is a song by Bob Childress, but this version is done by one of the other originals out of the Farm, Tom Skinner. The title says it all with this one, because Red Dirt music is perfect for anyone with a restless spirit.

Red Dirt Roads at Night

Jimmy LaFave

Here’s one that’s about those Stillwater days, plain and simple. It talks about all the great things he misses from the good ol’ days of his youth, but the top of the list is cruising down the red dirt roads at night. If that doesn’t make you want to hop in the car and road trip it to Oklahoma, nothing will.

Shortenin’ Bread

The Tractors

Steve Ripley is one of the leaders of the Tractors, and he’s a man with heavy influence on the Red Dirt music. That’s because his earlier band, Moses, self-published a live album in the early 70s, and they said it was made by “Red Dirt Records.” This was the first usage of the name, but it definitely stuck around.

Gin, Smoke, Lies

Turnpike Troubadors

Gin and smoke and lies – this is obviously a song about a broken heart. Since it’s a feeling that most of us will have one time or another throughout our lives, it’s a popular topic for songs. But, most styles of music can’t pull it off like a Red Dirt song can. Heartbreak was never so raw.

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Cross Canadian Ragweed

This young band managed to blow up big, and they helped spread the Oklahoma sounds around the country.  They were named as a combination of the last names of the original group, and they were a college band in Stillwater who just happened to be in the right place at the right time – for all of us.

Somewhere Down in Texas

Jason Boland and the Stragglers

Red Dirt music may have come out of Oklahoma, but it also grew and evolved in Texas. There are arguably two different versions of it depending on which state it comes from, but this song shows just how connected it all is.

Cry Pretty

Jason Eady

We’ve all had that awkward moment when you run into an old love interest unexpectedly. The raw sounds and feelings in this really speak to the thoughts that rush through your head when it happens. After all, if you think someone cries pretty, you know there’s been some love there.

Trains I Missed

Walt Wilkins

We all know that it’s a big ol’ world, and we have plenty of choices that define our futures. Do you have regrets? Walt Wilkins did, and here he belts out a passionate song about it all. Good thing he started performing, because we’d all regret it without his contribution to Country.

Carry On

Pat Green

Pat Green is a Texan who embraced the Red Dirt style and built quite a name for himself with his own fearless musical style. A song like this is good advice because he reminds you that sometimes you should just let loose and enjoy your life!

The Goes on Forever

Robert Earl Keene

“The road goes on forever, and the party never ends.” A lyric like that is enough to show why Red Dirt music is so popular.

What’s Your Favorite?

Just like with any list, it’s tough to pick out all of the best. Did we miss anything? What’s your favorite Red Dirt song?

Casey Donahew Featured

Interview with Casey Donahew

Last week we had the opportunity to host Casey Donahew for a great night at the Rose. Afterwards we had asked him some questions about his life as an artist and his love for Texas. Here’s what we learned.

Casey Donahew Interview

Was this your first show at the Grizzly Rose?

No, we have been playing the Rose for years, it’s one of our favorites!

We know that Texas is very important to you. Tell us a little bit about your roots and upbringing in Texas.

Born and raised in Fort Worth Texas, and I’m still living there today! I love everything about it, from the history and tradition to the western heritage.

What’s different about the country music scene in Texas than the rest of the country?

Texas I think is unique with in the fact that people can tour and play in Texas and
never have to leave the state if that’s what they choose!

“Once you get your heart broken for the first time, you’ve got a lot to say, I guess.” We’ve heard you credit past relationships to the inspiration behind your early work. What’s the story on the woman behind this quote?

Oh there’s no specific story, I think the ups and downs of young love sticks with you.

We’ve heard you like to keep things low key and continue to play at smaller local bars in Texas. What’s your favorite small venue to play at?

I’m a low key guy, but when it comes to music and venues I love the big, loud, rowdy
places. Bigger the crowd the more fun it is for us!

Casey Donahew Concert Photo

Tell us a bit about your decision to release albums independently and without the help of a major record label. How did you decide to go this route and are you happy that you did?

This is just the way it played out for us! We always wanted to have a strong hand in
the direction of our music and sound. I never wanted anybody telling me what to sing
or wear. I am happy and proud that we were able to accomplish what we have as an
independent artist.

Where’s your ‘happy place’? Maybe it’s a family ranch, your hometown bar, or a wide open stretch of land. Where’s the place you like to go to get away from it all.

We have a ranch in west Texas called the One Star, and that’s my escape. That and anything I can do with my family. I spend a lot of time hunting and fishing with my two sons

What’s the biggest challenge you have ever faced as a musician?

The travel away from home and family continues to be the hardest thing about being a musician.

You’ve probably played a lot of incredible shows over the years. Is there a single show that sticks out in your mind that made a lasting impact on you? Maybe it was the crowd or you were just in the zone that night?

We have played some cool places for some amazing people! But being from Fort Worth. The first time we sold out Billy Bobs was a huge moment for us.

The classic question of ‘you are stuck on a deserted island with one album to listen to’ (and it cant be one of your own). What are you going to choose?

Always a tough one! Merle Haggards Greatest Hits probably wins.

Connect with Casey Donahew

Website: http://www.caseydonahew.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CaseyDonahewBand/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Caseydband

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/caseydonahew/

Chase Bryant Grizzly Rose Interview

Interview with Chase Bryant

Chase Bryant Grizzly Rose

We are excited to be hosting Chase Bryant on Friday, March 31st at 8:00pm.

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We had the chance to interview Chase to learn a bit more about his band.

Have you played a show at the Grizzly Rose before?

I have! The first show we ever played there was a big sell out show! Let’s do it again!

We are always curious as to what musicians are listening to. Who is an artist in any genre that you are into at the moment?

The 1975’s. The melodies are so incredibly infectious!

Life as an artist means you are on the road a lot. How do you keep yourself entertained while you are on the road?

Sleep as much as I can! I’m an early riser however! I love the newspaper. I know I sound like a hundred years old!

Tell us something that your fans probably wouldn’t expect about your band?

We’re all a bunch of neat freaks! A clean bus is a happy bus!

What is the most memorable show that you were in attendance for that impacted you as an artist?

Man, that’s tough! Probably Bryan White or Steve Wariner!

Chase Bryant Grizzly Rose Interview

What about your favorite show that you played in?

The first Grizzly Rose show. It was for me and my entire band!

Let’s talk about ‘being country.’ Was there a time in your life where you really felt like you embodied the country lifestyle?

Must have been county fairs showing goats, cows, and chickens! Haha…

When you are not on the road or playing music, what are you doing?

Either hunting, fishing, or cooking! I love all three. They all run hand in hand!

Is there a part about being a country musician that you don’t like?

Actually, thinking about what I’d do if I wasn’t a musician! It’s the greatest feeling I’ve ever known.

Is there a particular song that you prefer to perform live?

I love playing some covers. Anything from The Chainsmokers, to Stevie Wonder!

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Michael Tyler Interview

Interview with Michael Tyler

Michael Tyler Interview

Michael Tyler is a young artist from Missouri who’s quickly making an impact on the country music scene. He’s an incredibly nice and funny guy, and we had the opportunity to chat with him about his experiences as a musician and to get the scoop on his upcoming album.

Thanks for playing a show with us back in November, we had a great time! What did you think of the Grizzly Rose?

It was my first time playing at the Rose and I had an excellent time. I’m not just saying this because you are interviewing me, but honestly I think it was my favorite show on the whole tour. It was one of our last shows and we got to bring out a whole camera show. The audience was great and it was just a lot of fun.

Did you get some time to hangout in Denver?

I didn’t have a ton of time, but I enjoyed myself, it’s always a fun time. I’ve only been to Denver once before, but Colorado is one of my favorite places in the country to travel to. Aspen is another really great place to be.

We heard you’re dropping a new album this month. What’s the inspiration behind the album and what can we expect?

I grew up in a small town in Missouri and this album is supposed to show what that world is like. The album is called ‘317’ and that number is one that has a lot of meaning to me. The first time I drove out to Nashville from my hometown in Thayer, MO was a really important trip for me. When I pulled into Nashville, I noticed that the odometer read exactly 317 miles. That number was permanently imprinted in my memory and I wanted to dedicate this album to that experience which is the story behind the name. Overall, this whole thing just take me back to my roots which I want to share with everyone.

What’s your favorite song on the album?

There are a lot of songs that I really like, but the one that sticks out that I’m really excited to show people is ‘Songs about Missouri.’ This song is about what my life was like back home in MO which is what I’m trying to do with the album.

What’s the most difficult part about being a musician?

That’s easy, it’s flying… My mom, my grandpa, and my uncle were all pilots. You’d think I would be into it, but I hate being on airplanes, I’m a nervous reck. I find myself flying to shows and I absolutely hate it every time. For me that’s the toughest part about being a musician, because going on tour is essential which means I have to fly a lot.

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Whether your on the road or relaxing at home, what are you listening to these days?

I like a variety of stuff and it’s always changing. I really like the whole album ‘All Day’ by Locash that’s a good one. Been listening to a lot of Jason Aldean, Machine Gun Kelly, and some old school stuff like the Capris. A super random artist I listen to is One Direction. I feel like a lot of their songs have a strong 80s influence and I really like that.

How do you spend your his free time?

I like going back home to Missouri and I really love the Spring turkey hunting season. I try to get back for that as much as I can. Other than that I just try to be outside as much as I can. Get into the river, go fishing, or even out playing golf.

Who influenced you to become an artist?

Jason Aldean. He was my biggest influence and I still love all his stuff. My brother and I got into it and he was a big part in getting us into country music. When he came out it was the bridge between country and rock music with a lot of guitar.

You are a young artist. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

That seems like a long way out, but hopefully I will be on a massive tour. I want to play in the biggest arenas in front of big crowds of people. My dream is to travel the world and play music. If that’s what I’m doing then I will be very happy!

If you couldn’t play music anymore, what would you do instead?

That’s tough, I have no idea really. Real jobs probably require going to College, haha. I suppose I would just be working with Dad and brother at the glass company in our hometown. I love spending time with my family back home, so that would make the most sense.

Michael Tyler’s new album ‘317’ drops on March 17th. Make sure to check it out!

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