[lastfm]Blaine Larsen[/lastfm], who co-wrote [lastfm]George Strait[/lastfm]’s current hit “I Gotta Get To You” (currently at #7) will be “Chillin'” at the WYCD Downtown Hoedown Line-up on Sunday, May 16th! Check out his latest single “Chillin’!”
About Blaine Larsen:
From the very first note of his new album, Not Too Bad, there’s no doubt where [lastfm]Blaine Larsen[/lastfm] stands on making music — his own kind of music. Each song is marked by an easy confidence and a sound that is unapologetically country. With two studio projects already under his belt at age 23, the Washington state native is now more focused than ever on making music that will sound just as good in the decades to come as it does today. In short, Blaine is an artist whose music will never go out of style.
“I’m not gonna be the guy that’s out chasing whatever’s hot right now and following someone else’s lead,” Blaine explains. “Styles will come and go, but I feel like the kind of music I’m making will always be around.”
A big reason for Blaine’s resolute sense of direction on this project comes from some major experiences he’s been through lately. The powerful lead single “It Did” closely mirrors Blaine’s own journey over the last three years — marrying his wife Sammie and welcoming their first child Zoe last year. Those events also influence Blaine’s performance of the album’s title cut, “Not Too Bad for a Good Old Boy,” and the playful “Baby You Get Me.”
While making Not Too Bad has been the experience of a lifetime for Blaine, one recent accomplishment just might trump it on his list of career milestones. In the process of making his latest record, Blaine’s also been establishing himself as a songwriter in Nashville, and he’s already taken the holy grail for any Music City tunesmith — a [lastfm]George Strait[/lastfm] cut. Blaine co-wrote “I Gotta Get To You,” which is included on Strait’s 2009 release Twang. “I found out George had cut it on a Friday morning while driving in my truck. I remember pulling over on the side of the road and crying like a baby. Having George Strait cut my song — that’s done. Nothing or no one can take that away. That’s something I’ll be telling my grandkids.”
Amazingly, the Strait cut is the first time Blaine’s had one of his songs cut by an artist other than himself, but he’s no stranger to country’s A-list when it comes to performing. Tours with the likes of [lastfm]Brad Paisley[/lastfm], [lastfm]Rascal Flatts[/lastfm], and [lastfm]Kenny Chesney[/lastfm] have put Blaine in front of country music’s biggest audiences in the past few years, and that excitement of performing live is a big part of what keeps Blaine in the music business chasing this crazy dream.
See [lastfm]Blaine Larsen[/lastfm] on the River Stage on Sunday, May 16th at 4 p.m. at the WYCD Hoedown!