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Interview with Copperhead Jones
A unique, smooth sounding Texas country singer-songwriter, Copperhead Jones first started writing songs in 2012 while deployed with the United States Navy.
Living in various places throughout his adult life has given him the ability to write songs that cover not only the true feel of the country way of life but also the shine of the city lights atmosphere. Well rounded, deep thinking and heartfelt lyrics, along with his own unique sound, not only crafted the foundation for the album but also bridges the gap between any state line boundaries of music.
What got you into music, and if you had not gotten into music what would you be doing today?
I've been in music my entire life in some fashion or another. My dad was a drummer and mom was a singer and we had weekly music nights until I left for the navy at 18. Professionally speaking though it was my wife that sparked that fire. For a fathers day present in 2020 she bought me 4 hours of studio time at Fort Worth Sound. One thing led to another and now I'm gigging every weekend and releasing a 13 song album. If it wasn't music I would be working as a program planner at a defense contractor which i currently still work for and just spending my weekends at home with my family.
What do you like to do when you are not playing music and how does that influence your creativity?
I enjoy golfing, fishing, hunting, shooting guns, and perfecting my BBQ skills on my offset smoker. Almost all of these activities mentally relax me and take away my every normal life stresses. This allows me to have a clear mind and enjoy the present. That is when creativity starts to flow for me,
How long has music been your career?
Music has been a part time career for me starting Fall 2021 and I am currently working to get to a point where moving to a full time music career makes sense.
Where are you based out of and how did that influence your music?
I am based out of Midlothian, TX just south of Dallas Fort Worth. This location had and still has a significant influence on my music both lyrically and in musical style. The Texas Country scene is a community of sincere artists all working towards a similar goal of a successful music career. It has been my experience that here in Texas it is collaboration not a competition between us musicians.
Tell me about the best and worst shows you have played.
The worst show I ever played I had my strings pop twice and then had technical issues with my guitar and PA and had to play 2 hours unmic. Needless to say I didn't gain any fans that night haha. My best show was in a small town in East Texas with an audience of only 8-10 people. I've had large attending shows that were amazing as well but this one was so special because of the sincere interaction I had with those folks. We continue to stay in touch on socials and they attend any show I perform if they can.
Tell me about your favorite venue to play at, and do you have any places you want to play that you have not already?
My favorite venue to play at so far is Railport Brewery in Waxahachie, TX because they can support a full band, it's close to home, and my kids can actually come see me perform unlike most bars I play. I would really love to play at Billy Bob's in Fort Worth, TX someday because it's so iconic and close to home.
If you could play any show with any lineup, who would be on the ticket?
The list of artists would include but limited to Cody Johnson, Chris Stapleton, Josh Ward, Kaitlin Butts, and David Adam Byrnes.
What is some advice that you would give to someone who is just getting into music?
Just have fun with it and enjoy the journey. You will never guess what is on your path.
If you could go back in time and give yourself advice, what would it be?
Start learning songwriting and go play live in front of people before now, not when you're older.
Of your songs which one means the most to you and why?
My song "Anchor" means the most to me because of its naval themes but it is the one song where I reflect on my fight with depression and remind myself of the great life I have now and the hope for the future.
Which songs are your favorite to play and which get requested the most?
"Tennessee Whiskey'' gets requested almost every show but my favorite song to play is my original song "Cold Beers and TIght Lines" because of the fun memories it brings up to me.
What is the creative process for you, and what inspires you to write your music?
Sometimes I'll drive around in the country or have a little whiskey on my back porch and let the ideas flow. Once something hits me a certain way I rush to the guitar and take advantage of the spontaneous inspiration I had found.
What kinds of messages do you like to get across in your music?
I like real and sincere messages and some happen to be reminiscing fun times I've had or really reflecting on my life, where I've been, and where I want to go.
Do you ever have disagreements when collaborating and how do you get past them?
I have yet to have any significant disagreements with anyone I collaborated with.
What are your plans for the future, and do you have anything that you want to spotlight that is coming up?
I just released my 13 song debut album "Anchor" so I'll be pushing that for a while but I will be getting a music video out there early Spring. I plan to write as much music as possible and work on my next album. I will continue to try to connect with as many people as possible with my music and hopefully in a few years I can leave the day job behind.
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