Feed the Band
Feed the Band
Guys are hard to come by in my line of work. They either shy away from interviews altogether or stop somewhere in the middle. With a music career as in life, you get out of it what you put into it. Our next artist on Feed the Band is going all-in on his music career with no backup plan. He has put a ton of work in it and it’s starting to pay off.
Alex Maxwell may not come up in dinnertime conversation around your table today, but he is an artist on the rise. Alex is a man of many talents. This fact alone puts him a notch above many in the Nashville music scene. He is a producer, songwriter, vocalist, and instrumentalist. He has worked with many other artists in one way or another but has also woven these talents together for his own career. This has formed a firm foundation for him to launch some damn good songs of is own.
Alex Maxwell’s latest single “Thought We Were” is a shining example of his talent. It is hard not to like this song. “Thought We Were” is a real country track. (Who thought that would be a novelty?) It’s lyrics are middle America blue-collar gold and the story resonates with me, as it will many of you. It’s also produced well. The song has a Keny Chesney stadium like vibe to it. It’s definitely worth a listen, especially sitting around a lake with all your buddies tailgates down and the volume set to 10
It is really an honor to have someone as talented as Alex Maxwell as part of the Southern Fellow family. Our interview really felt like two old friends chewing the fat. Before we get to the interview though, be sure to look out for the recipe Alex inspired and the giveaway at the end. Here is our interview with country music artist Alex Maxwell.
Tell us about your road to country music.
When I was 3 or 4 years old, my dad used to play Garth Brooks’s records and I instantly fell in love with it. I used to dress up in the whole Garth outfit, stand on tables and “perform” at family and friend gatherings. From there, the love of music and performing just never went away, and through the years it just grew to become my whole life.
Tell us about your favorite spot in Nashville.
Recently, there has been this new spot I’ve been really enjoying called Cross Eyed Critters. It’s a little karaoke bar but it’s just fun to be in. It’s a hidden gem.
What takes up too much of your time?
Recording and learning new instruments. I’ll get so consumed sometimes by doing those two things that I won’t actually get anything else done.
In your own words define country music.
It’s a way of life. I think that is why there are people who just don’t get it because you won’t unless you’ve experienced it.
What is your biggest fear?
Not appreciating accomplishments. It’s easy to always look forward to the next thing and take it for granted, but it’s hard to be happy if you don’t stop and smell the roses.
We are always developing recipes here at Southern Fellow. When writing music; what recipe do you use?
I think the only “ingredient” I really focus on is a feeling. The process is always different, sometimes a song can start with a title, a guitar lick, melody, or an emotion, but I think as long as you follow your gut with what feels right then a song will always be better.
Connect with Alex
What do you like most about your hometown?
The small community. Everybody knowing everybody is what makes it feel like home to me.
What is your first fond memory of food?
Sunday spaghetti dinner. It was always one of my favorite meals and we used to do it just about every Sunday growing up.
What does success look like to you?
Success to me is being able to make a living off of doing what I love.
If you wrote a song about food, what would it be about?
It would definitely involve cooking over a fire because that is one of my favorite ways to cook. The smoke taste is unbeatable.
What advice would you give a new artist?
Take opinions with a grain of salt. Everybody has them and everyone will think they know what is best for you. Criticism is great to help you grow, but don’t let it deter you from what you want to do.
Try this inspired recipe!
What does the coming year look like for you?
A lot of new music. The rest of my EP “Growing Up is Getting Old” will be getting released throughout the year.
What are 3 things you can’t live without?
Family, music, and good food.
Tell us about your single “Thought We Were”.
I wrote it with my buddy Caleb Conrady about 2 years ago. It really all just came about from talking about high school and how all of our stories we told always sound way cooler than it really was haha. I actually produced the track myself. I played a lot of the electric guitar parts, all the acoustic guitar, piano, synths, and did all the harmonies on it!
Is there anything else you want your family at Southern Fellow to know?
Glad to be part of Southern Fellow. Also my new single “Thought We Were” is out! Y’all check it out!
Alex Maxwell is one talented individual and an artist on the rise. I highly recommend you connect with him. His music is also a must-have on your playlist. You can find all of his songs on your favorite music service including Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, and YouTube. Please give that amazing recipe for Cherry and Balsamic Pork Po’ Boy a try and enter our giveaway. We have more music and recipes coming to you right here at Southern Fellow.
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Great interview with Alex Maxwell. He is very talented!
Thank you much! We are happy to have Alex as part of the Southern Fellow family!