Feed the Band
Feed the Band
I’ve got what it takes! This is a line every artist tries to sell me on. It’s a pretty loaded statement and can mean a whole plethora of things to different people. A big part of my job as a journalist is to figure that all out. Yes, artists need to be naturally talented. That said, a performer needs more than raw skill to reach the summit. When I was first introduced to country artist Tucker Wetmore, I was ready to write him off. A ball cap and plaid shirt-wearing, beer-drinking guy with facial hair is about as average as it gets in country music. It wasn’t until our second conversation that I realized there was something more to Tucker. His unwavering focus and strong work ethic set him apart from many other artists. These two things are essential because they reinforce the connection to you, the fan, and Tucker.
What does it mean when I say Tucker is focused? Simply put, he puts most, if not all, of his energy into creating quality music in hopes that it connects to you. You would think this would be the goal of every artist, and in a vacuum, this may be true, but artists are exposed to many outside influences like you and me. Family, friends, love, and bills are just a fraction of the things that compete for our attention. Sometimes artists have to divide up so much energy it takes away from creating the music they want. But, somehow, Someway, Tucker Wetmore has found a balance that keeps his music at the forefront. I think it’s paying off for him, and you. His song “Kiss My A$$” pretty much sums this all up.
Let’s talk about work ethic. Unfortunately, there are some lazy artists out there. If some of them put in a bit of the elbow grease, they could make some exceptional music. Unfortunately, these are the ones that stall out between good and great. I can personally say Tucker Wetmore is willing to roll up his sleeves and get to work. From concerts to taking over my Instagram when I was down, he has always been ready to help. Quite humbly, I might add. Something you don’t see much of in the music industry.
Another thing to add to Tucker Wetmore’s work ethic is how he handles setbacks. In my experience, many male artists get red hot with the slightest whisper that there might be something not going to go their way. However, failure does not push Tucker back, but moves him forward. He can take a beating, learn from it, and move on with his life. Thats’ what real men should do and a big reason Tucker has earned my respect.
Tucker Wetmore "Kiss My A$$" Official Video
These are my opinions and mine alone. You don’t have to take my word for it. That’s why we do an interview. We also created a tasty recipe around our interview. Our recipe for Samoan BBQ Chicken with Coconut Rice will tantalize the taste buds. So be on the lookout for that dish and the giveaway at the bottom. Here is our humble interview with country music artist Tucker Wetmore.
Tell us about your road to Nashville.
I’m originally from the small town of Kalama, Washington. I played sports my entire life and started playing piano when I was 11. I played college football in Butte, Montana, and ended up breaking my leg for the third time towards the end of my freshman year. I decided to move back home and started digging into music. I found out that I was called to make music, so I moved to Nashville to pursue it.
Your faith is something important to you. How has that faith contributed to your music career?
My faith in the Lord is something I will always put before everything else, and I feel like my faith has led me down the road of music. Something that I believe is he’s asking from me is that when I do get on a big platform to make a difference that I use it to spread his word.
What does success look like to you?
Success to me is pretty short and sweet. As long as I’m healthy, happy, and continuing to go down the path that is meant for me, then I’d say that I’m pretty darn successful. Even though I might never be satisfied and always want more in music, success means more to me than that.
If you came with a warning label, what would yours say?
Haha, probably just a “you sure?”. But, as FGL and Hardy say in Y’all Boys, “ they think they know what kind of man they want until they meet him” kinda thing.
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We are always developing recipes here at Southern Fellow; when writing music, what recipe do you use?
I usually have a couple of Busch lights and a good vibe.
Christmas is coming! What is your favorite family holiday tradition?
Probably just the entirety of it. Decorating, cooking, catching up with family. I’m a big Christmas guy!
What is your first fond memory of food?
Oh gosh, I don’t know, probably my family’s meat soak or Kalua pork.
What advice would you give a high school student who has big dreams of becoming a music artist?
Don’t overthink and do what you love. It’s always good to take constructive criticism but not dwell on it. Stick to your roots, put your head down and prove them wrong.
Tell us about your latest single,” She’s Trouble”.
It’s pretty much about a girl I met this last summer. I know every guy can relate to meeting a girl and thinking, “She’s Trouble”. So my goal was to get that picture across lyrically over a fun end-of-summer melody, and I think we kind of hit the nail on the head with it.
Try this inspired recipe!
Samoan BBQ Chicken with Coconut Rice
What’s the best gift you’ve ever received?
I’m not a very big gift guy, honestly. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate the gesture of them, but it always makes me feel weird receiving them. I’d much rather give them if that makes sense.
What does 2022 look like for you?
Hopefully, I can do lots of shows, grow in my music, and as a person. I feel like it’s gonna be a really good year for me and the people around me.
What do you feel is the best way to deal with failure?
I always try to fail with an open mind and use it as a learning lesson in whatever it is.
If you could write and perform a duet with anyone, living or who has passed on, who would that person be?
Ahh, shoot, I have no idea. If I were to pick right now, it’d probably be Jon Pardi. I feel like we’d vibe pretty good.
If you could only choose one song to play every time you walked into a room for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Haha, probably gonna have to start at the drum fill of “In the Air Tonight” by Phil Collins with a slow-mo-frame shot.
Is there anything else you want your family at Southern Fellow to know?
Just how much I appreciate y’all taking the time to check up on my journey! I have lots of exciting new stuff to come in 2022.
That is Tucker Wetmore! This guy has a lot of good things going for him. I think Tucker will be telling stories that will connect with you for decades to come. I highly recommend you check out his music. You can find his latest single, “She’s Trouble”, and all of his music on your favorite streaming platform, including Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, and YouTube. While you are listening, crank up the BBQ and give our recipe for Samoan BBQ Chicken with Coconut Rice a try! It will add a little sunshine and beach sand to your life this winter.