The Recording Academy Texas Chapter played host for GRAMMYs On The Road At Austin City Limits Music Festival during the festival's 10th anniversary from Sept. 16–18 at Zilker Park in Austin, Texas. The Chapter conducted exclusive backstage interviews with country artists Jack Ingram and Nick 13.
Ingram discussed his songwriting process, career highlights and being the recipient of the Academy of Country Music's top new male vocalist award.
"The first time I heard my song on the radio was in 1993," said Ingram regarding one of the highlights of his career. "[It was] a song of mine called 'Drive On.' I'll never forget it. I pulled over [and] turned it up. It was just like in the movies."
Ingram first made his mark on the Texas music scene playing gigs in bars and roadhouses from Dallas to Houston. In 1995 he released two independent albums, a self-titled release and Lonesome Question, and was the opening act for fellow country artists Mark Chesnutt and Merle Haggard. Ingram released his major label debut, 1997's Livin' Or Dyin', on Universal Records' Rising Tide Entertainment, but when the label shuttered its doors Ingram moved to Sony Music Entertainment for 1999's Hey You. Electric followed in 2002 and cracked the Top 40 on Billboard's Country Albums chart. Ingram moved to Big Machine Records for 2007's This Is It, which peaked at No. 34 on the Billboard 200. Ingram took home the top new male vocalist award at the 43rd annual Academy of Country Music Awards in 2008. Big Dreams & High Hopes was released in 2009, spawning three songs on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart. Ingram is currently scheduled to play several dates in Oklahoma and Texas through November.
Nick 13 discussed his songwriting process, self-titled debut solo album and advice for aspiring artists.
"I've been a professional musician for a little over 10 years," said Nick 13. "But it was initially from the punk underground and the world of rock. To be part of a label and be exposed to the Americana and country scene…there are a lot of differences between that world and the rock world."
Born Kearny Nick Jones in San Jose, Calif., Nick 13 derived his name from his first band, Influence 13. Nick 13 is best known as the frontman for psychobilly trio Tiger Army. Though Tiger Army continues to be his main focus, Nick 13 explores his passion for classic country music on his solo project. His self-titled debut solo album was released in June on Sugar Hill Records, featuring nine songs written by Nick 13 plus one co-written with Morrissey side man Alain Whyte. The album peaked at No. 22 on Billboard's Country Albums chart.
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