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Interview with Avery Roberson
North Carolina native, Avery Roberson, realized his love of music and acquired his talent for entertainment from his father and grandfather. Music was all around Avery growing up, and Dad, Tony, played in a country music band called the Hutchins Brothers. They had a Top 100 hit in the late 80s. As a result, Avery picked up the guitar and started singing at an early age. It didn't take long for him to fall in love with Country Music.
Avery got his break when NBC's The Voice cast him in their 20th Season. He finished in the top 28, and the experience solidified his thirst for the stage. Since then, Avery has been writing, spending time in the studio, and playing at live events such as the Carolina Country Music Festival. He released his first single, "Ringtone." which debuted on iTunes Top 100 Country Chart, followed by a second release, "Lord Have Mercy." The song "Alive" is his most famous song yet, with over 1.5 million streams.
When he’s not writing new songs, or in the studio recording, Avery enjoys fishing, hanging out at bonfires, playing cornhole, and taking in a few rounds of golf now and again.
What got you into music, and what would you be doing today if you had not gotten into music?
My dad got me into music, showing me tapes of him playing. He was about my age on those tapes. He showed me a couple of chords on the guitar, but I taught myself to play the guitar through Youtube–looking up how to play chords and listening to different types of music that I could replicate. If I weren't playing music, I would be in a trade or working outside—a blue-collar job.
What do you like to do when you are not playing music, and how does that influence your creativity?
When I'm not playing music, I like golfing. Golfing allows my brain to rest, so I am more involved when I do music. It's my main hobby, but I also like to fish and hunt.
How long has music been your career?
Where are you based and how did that influence your music?
I live in Nashville. It's "Music City," a place where being around other artists drives you to be even better.
Tell me about the best and worst shows you have played.
My favorite show so far was in the Coors Lite tent at "Night In the Country: Las Vegas, Nevada in 2020. The worst place...I won't name it. When I showed up, there were only about three people and they didn't have a sound monitor system. It was still fun, though, and was good practice.
Tell me about your favorite venue to play at, and do you have any places you want to play that you have not already?
Thus far, my favorite venue has been the Knoxville Auditorium. The crowd was the biggest I had played to, and they were interactive. The Grand Ole Opry is a place I want to play at.
If you could play any show with any lineup, who would be on the ticket?
I want to be an opener for Earnest, Hardy, and Morgan Wallen.
What is some advice that you would give to someone who is just getting into music?
Don't focus on wanting to be famous, but enjoy your work. And don't be discouraged if things don't go as you expected. If you keep working, something good will happen.
If you could go back in time and give yourself advice, what would it be?
I would go back to high school and tell my high school self, who was very shy, to be more confident and to put myself out there more.
Of your songs which one means the most to you and why?
Ringtone paved my style of music. It was the second song that I released.
Which songs are your favorite to play, and which get requested the most?
Of the music I have written, my favorite to play is Rington and Home Sweet Home. Wildflower and Ringtone are the most requested.
What is the creative process for you, and what inspires you to write your music?
I like seeing how much emotion I can put into a song and how relatable I can make it for people. I write and play music because it's something that I love to do.
What kinds of messages do you like to get across in your music?
It depends on the song. Putting as much truth in a song as possible is the most important.
Do you ever have disagreements when collaborating and how do you get past them?
It doesn't matter how long you've worked with someone; you may go back and forth. You want to make the collaboration the best possible so you will put inyour two cents worth, regardless. It's essential to try the other person's idea and go back and forth until you can agree. Don'tsettle, but be open.
What are your plans for the future, and do you have anything that you want to spotlight that is coming up?
I plan to try to play as much as possible in as many places as possible to build a more extensive fan base and see the world. I want to spotlight all of the new music to come.