Top 15 Country Drinking Songs

Drinking is an experience which can be greatly varied depending on the context surrounding it. The location you are in and the people you are with will make all the difference. Some people drink when they are happy, some when they are sad, some when they are social, and some just because they feel like it! We’ve come up with a list of our favorite country drinking songs with a variety of different styles. From melancholy to old-school to sing-alongs, these songs all pair well with alcohol.

Garth Brooks
Friends in Lows Places

Of course this is the first song on the list. The ultimate country drinking song and when combined with alcohol it’s nearly guaranteed to create a bar wide sing along.

Luke Bryan
Drinkin’ Beer and Wastin Bullets

Not every drinking environment is a bar or a party. Sometimes you just want to hang out with your friends nowhere in particular just talking and killing time. This song is about a similar situation, with the singer just kind of bored and passing time.

Alan Jackson
It’s Five O’ Clock Somewhere

Drinking is always better when you have a good excuse, err- good reason. A good starting song to kick off the night, or afternoon, and say goodbye to the tedium of the workday that came before.

Toby Keith
I Love This Bar

While definitely a lot more mellow than some of the other selections on this list, the same “feel good” vibe is still here. This song is a celebration of all of the little things, good and bad, that can be found within Western bars and bar culture.

Merle Haggard
I Think I’ll Just Stay Here and Drink

There’s something about Merle Haggard’s voice that just pairs well with alcohol. Most of us have felt exactly how Merle does in this song and no matter what’s happening in the world around us, we’d rather ‘just stay here and drink.’

Kenny Chesney
You and Tequila

‘You and Tequila make me crazy’. A romantic, drinking ballad from Kenny Chesney that puts people in a good mood, especially when they are with good friends and significant others. Kenny teamed up with Grace Potter for this country drinking song.

Dierks Bentley
Drunk on a Plane

Who has never wanted to have a big ol’ part on an airplane? This is a great country drinking song about lost love. The video is also hilarious with cameo’s from Bentley as two difference characters.

Brad Paisley

Drinking does things to people, both good and bad. This song is all about the things possible with alcohol and how it can affect people’s judgement.

Blake Shelton
The More I Drink

This song is both a country drinking song and a warning about how the more you drink, well the more you drink. It’s a very honest song that probably hits home with a lot of drinkers for the better or worse. That being said, it’s a fun, catchy tune that also goes great with good friends and booze!

Little Big Town
Day Drinking

A classic country drinking song, especially if the sun hasn’t set yet! This fun video and great sing along song is perfect for when you get off work early. It’s a happy hour favorite for country music fans.

Willie Nelson
Whiskey River

Country drinking songs are not limited to more recent hits. Whiskey River is an old school country drinking classic by none other than the legend that is Willie Nelson. If you’re drinking Whiskey with some buddies this is a fantastic song to listen more than once.

Hank Williams Jr.
Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound

Love and Whiskey are both complicated things for many people and Hank does a great job of describing why. This is one of those songs that needs a bottle of Jim Beam sitting on the table while you are enjoying it.

Billy Currington
Pretty Good at Drinking Beer

Not everyone is cut out for digging holes or working in a bank. Some of us are just pretty good at drinking beer. This is a nice country drinking song for those who like to drink beer with their buddies in their free time.

Waylon Jennings
I’ve Always Been Crazy

Following up on the theme of drinking songs on the sad side, Waylon Jennings’ I’ve Always Been Crazy is a song of self-reflection. The audience and singer looks back on their mistakes and regrets, something that is usually done with the aid of liquor.

Roy Rogers
Happy Trails

If you really want to hit someone in the nostalgia, this song will do the trick. Just imagine it- you’ve been out all night drinking with your closest friends, the bar’s about to close, you guys are downing your last drink, and this song comes up on the jukebox. A bittersweet ending to a fantastic night.

Want to list to some more good country drinking songs? Check out our Country Drinking Music Playlist on Spotify.

Country Music Evolution

The Evolution of Country Music

Artistic inspiration is like a giant river- ever changing, but ultimately comprised of what came before it. Whether the medium is film, art, or music, the ideas of the past influence and inform the content of the future. The same of course is true for country music as well. Let us take a look into this transformative process to better understand country music as a genre.

The Evolution of Country Music

The Songs of the People: Early Country (1920’s)

Originally country music shared structural similarities with folk tales. The performances were usually live and the songs and instrumentation would vary depending on the geographical location. Listening to traditional country music allowed one to learn about the history and culture of that area, making it a very personal genre that proved hard to make accessible on a large scale.

Musicians who studied and drew upon these traditional tunes began to pop-up over time, creating fusions between the styles of different regions. It wasn’t until the 1920’s these musicians such as Fiddlin’ John Carson and Jimmie Rodgers were given an opportunity to record their music.

The resulting success of this music would lay the groundwork for popular country music as it is known today.

Gene Autry Country Music History

The Legends of the West: Singing Cowboys (1930’s)

Westerns used to be one of the most popular film genres in Hollywood. In fact, the only individual to have been awarded a Hollywood star in every category- film, music, television, radio, and live, was known for his roles as a kindly singing cowboy. Autry and peers such as Roy Rogers ended up creating a strong romanticized vision of the wild west which captured the imagination of America for decades to come.

The history of country at this point sees it tied very closely to film. Not only did country music take influences from these Western flicks, it scored many of them.

Popular country music songs of this era not from television and film were usually ballads which would tell their own stories of heroic cowboys.

Hank Williams Country Music

Country vs Rock’n’Roll: Honky Tonk (1940’s)

As rock’n’roll exploded in popularity, even country music began to take inspiration from high energy rock riffs. The style of country known as “Honky Tonk” was a lot more rough and raw than it’s predecessors. Despite the new direction in country music, it was unfortunately still unable to compete with the growing genre of rock’n’roll and many music executives began to see country music as being less commercially viable than previously.

Ironically enough, Honky Tonk would end up inspiring future generations of rock’n’roll artists as well as country artists.

Country may have been in a rough spot during this period, but the works of Honky Tonk artists such as Hank Williams, Ernest Tubb, and Kitty Wells are still thought of fondly to this day.

Evolution of Country Music

Country’s Return: The Rise of the Nashville Sound (1950’s)

Despite the difficulties country music faces in the 40’s, there were those that saw an opportunity to reinvent the genre. A collection of producers and records companies out of Nashville, including Columbia Records, RCA Records, and Decca Records, ended up taking America by storm with a new style of country music which focused on smoothness and polish. The performers that these companies paired up with, such as Chet Atkins and Patsy Cline, excelled in helping create this new, more mellow sound.

Instead of trying to compete with rock’n’roll at its own game like Honky Tonk tried, the sophisticated sound coming out of the Nashville labels was unique and stood out on it’s own.

Nashville Country Music Origins

Rebelling Against The Past: The Bakersfield Sound (1960’s)

While many were taken with the slick songs coming out of Nashville, it had also gathered its own fair share of detractors who felt the style was too commercialized and didn’t have enough artistic range. Much like the punk rockers that would eventually try and put rock’n’roll back into the hands of the people, the Bakersfield Sound was an attempt to bring more humanity and passion back into country. Ordinary guys facing ordinary problems were the focus of many of these songs making them much more relatable and down to earth.

The poster child for the sound was none other than Bakersfield’s Buck Owens, whose breakout hit single, “The Streets of Bakersfield,” would define the sub-genre.

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Classic Style With A Modern Twist: Outlaw Country (1970’s)

Interestingly enough, many comparisons can be made between outlaw country and the singing cowboys of the 1920’s. The sound and instrumentation of this genre can definitely be seen as a clear evolution of the Bakersfield sound- but the themes and lyrical concepts inverted old school cowboy ballads.

The “story” songs recalling tall tales were back, but the protagonist of such songs were usually stark anti-heroes. They weren’t outright bad guys, but they also weren’t the friendly cowboys with the white hats and sheriff badges of the 1920’s.

Probably the most famous performer of this style of country music was “the man in black,” Johnny Cash, however Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard were also important musicians during this time.

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.

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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.


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?

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Why Country Music is the Best

Country music is the best, but you probably already know that! Whether you’re a lifelong fan or just started listening, have you ever stopped to think about what it is that makes it so great? Even through all the different types played by various artists over the years, most of it shares some common traits that contribute to it having such a fun and nice feel to it. It’s more than just the sound, and it also has to do a lot with the lifestyle.

Mosey on through this list to see some of the reasons why country music is the best.

Why Country Music is the Best

Positive Values

Some music styles follow rebellious themes that encourage people to become trouble makers, and others flat out promote breaking the law and hurting others. Fortunately, country music most often pumps out positive values to listeners. Many, but not all, follow positive messages that help people on a bad day, or encourage them to make the world a better place when they’re on top. While so many other genres nowadays are all about showing off a certain lifestyle, country music more often than not is about enjoying the outdoors and the people around you.


Aside from just being uplifting and positive, a lot of country songs celebrate life in the USA. It makes sense given the all-American history of the genre. While there are some similar genres in other countries, for the most part country music is an American thing, and we like it that way! It came out of the folk and blues music in the South, and it spread its way across the vast beauty of America. Country music makes people feel proud of their country and a great reason why country music is the best.

Country Music is Best

Modern Hits Are as Good as the Classics

Like all types of music, country has gone through some changes over the years. You might prefer the raw sound of the old timers, or maybe you like the evolved crispness of the new artists. But, whether your favorite is Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, or Blake Shelton, most people agree that all the eras of country had nice sounds.

Great for Dancing

If you haven’t tried dancing to country music, then you’ve never really listened to it! Unlike many other forms of popular music, country dancing allows you to get out and get involved with a group of people, so it has an extra social aspect. You can try one of the Two-Step forms, or a Western group like the Line or Square dance. There’s something nice and old-fashioned about dancing with a partner or in a group, which makes going out and dancing to country music such a great time!

Don’t be shy about trying to learn some dancing. It’s fairly easy compared to other types (like Salsa or Tango) and learning to get the steps down is always fun. At the Grizzly Rose we offer a variety of dance lessons for both individuals and couples.

Why Country is the Best Type of Music

Clean Lyrics

Another benefit of country music is that most of it is family friendly. It very rarely has any bad words or other questionable lyrics, so you won’t find yourself covering the ears of little cowboys and cowgirls listening along. And when you mix that with the first point about family values, you find that country music is a great art form to create an activity for families of all ages.

Brings People Together

Whether you’re young, or old, or single, or parents of five, there are plenty of ways country music can bring you together as a social activity. Putting it on the speakers while hanging out at home really puts on a nice background, but going to a dance hall or live concert give you a more active way to make use of your cowboy boots. There are songs that are perfect for romantic dates, and others that really liven up a backyard barbecue. Country music is a great way to bring people together.

Why Country Music is the Best

Cowboy Fashion

Speaking of cowboy boots, one of the most fun parts of country music is the fashion around it. Inspired by the Wild West, everyone gets to wear boots, hats, belt buckles, checkered shirts, and all the other fun gear designed for roaming the plains on horseback. Fortunately, this gives the freedom to be at the height of fashion without needing to hold up a stagecoach to pay for it, and the different variations make it possible for people of all ages and body tops to look good.

Grab Your Dancin’ Boots!

Of course, this list could go on forever about all the wonders of country music, but we’re sure you’re already convinced! If you aren’t convinced that country music is the best, then come on by the Grizzly Rose and we will show you why it’s such a fantastic good time!

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.

To purchase tickets to the show please click here.

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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An Interview with Cole Taylor

Cole Taylor Cold Beer

Tonight we have the pleasure of hosting Cole Taylor for a country music concert at the Grizzly Rose. We were able to interview him beforehand to get the inside scoop about his life as a musician. We are very excited for the show and here is what Cole had to say.

Have you played at the Grizzly Rose before?

I have not but I’ve heard a ton about it and can’t wait to be in Denver.

Where was the most memorable show you ever played and why?

I think the most memorable for me was a pre show at Turner Field for the Atlanta Braves and for the simple reason that I’m such a huge Braves fan that even now looking back that was still a cool moment

If at this point in your life you could no longer work as a musician or in the music industry at all, what profession would you pursue?

I probably would have finished my accounting degree or I’d be working for my dad back in Georgia doing taxidermy and deer processing

If you had to change genres of music as an artist, what would you choose to play?

Pop music has always been really interesting to me so probably pop.

Who were your biggest influences?

Garth Brooks was a huge influence just seeing how he could have a crowd on the edge of their seats and make them feel every bit of energy he was feeling.

Which song is currently the most fun for you to perform live?

My new single “Cold Beer” is a blast to play live. It’s just a big chorus in your face, real energetic and lyrically right down what I do and who I am.

If you had to live in one state for the rest of your life besides the one you came from, where would you choose to live?

I’m from South GA and Nashville TN is where I live now. I love both of those places. But if I had to choose one just random place that I love, it would be Steamboat Springs, CO. Went there last February and LOVED IT!

Michael Ray Interview

Michael Ray at the Grizzly Rose Saturday, October 22nd. Tickets:


Why/how did you decide to become a musician?

Grew up in Eustis with his family’s band his granpa dad uncles and cousins all played. You could say that I was born into country music.


Who were your biggest influences and why?

My Grandfather – he introduced my family and myself to country music. I’m a huge Gary Allan fan, I admire the honesty in songs and Garth Brooks of course.


What’s your favorite song you’ve ever written and why?

A year ago Yesterday – Keep an ear out for it.


Is there anything you are working on right now that you can share?

Been working up some surprises that you’ll see on the Think a Little Less Tour – You’ll have to come to the shows to find out!


Being born in Florida was there any inspiration from this area that comes through in your music?

More so than Florida, a small town. Growing up in a small town comes through in all of my music I feel  – Nashville has been a influence on my writing and career.


What’s your creative process for developing a song? Do you draw on personal experiences?

Yes…. And No – Sometimes I can relate to the emotions of a friend or something I saw on TV or read in a book  – Sometimes I write about my own. Connecting to the emotion, even if it is not your own, is what I try to do in my songs.


What’s your favorite song that is currently out right now and why?

Darius Rucker – If I told You

Being out on tour with Darius this summer and hearing it every night it is on the soundtrack of my summer, it’s one of the most honest songs that I can remember hearing in a while.


What’s your favorite thing about playing at the Grizzly Rose?

Headlining it is a dream come true

The best thing about playng the grizzly roase is that I get to play the grizzly rose!!!! Can’t wait to see you all there!


What’s one thing you would like to tell all your fans?

To thank them and that I love them and I am grateful their support