Examination of life, love, and experiences focus of new EP from Tucker Beathard
Rising country music star Tucker Beathard grew up in a family that excelled at both music and sports. His father is hit songwriter Casey Beathard (Gary Allan, Trace Adkins, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church) and his brothers were star quarterbacks. It’s no wonder the Big Machine Label Group recording artist has such an unrelenting competitive spirit. He says he wakes up every day trying to write the perfect song, and the self-taught guitarist and drummer doesn’t believe in anything being “good enough.” He adds he’s drawn to “anything with great melodies and … the little things.”
“When I listen to Led Zeppelin, I focus on John Bonham's drums. Or Joe Walsh's guitar licks in the Eagles. And Hank Williams Jr.'s ‘Family Tradition’ is as country songwriting as it gets,” explains Beathard in an artist bio posted on TuckerBeathard.com. Like any good scribe, Beathard documented his diverse experiences on the six-song EP, Fight Like Hell. The Big Machine Records project is highlighted by the hit single ‘Rock On,’ which is currently No. 6 on the Mediabase Country airplay chart and No. 4 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart. The song about “regretting the girl that got away” is also a Top 10 entry on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.
Other standout tracks on the EP include the “wise-beyond-its-years” ‘Momma and Jesus.’ The song ‘20-10 Tennessee’ uses a football game as the metaphor for a relationship. There’s also ‘Better Than Me,’ which puts a unique spin on an arena-ready breakup anthem, “ultimately wishing the best for someone after parting ways.” Beathard says he’s always been a huge fan of deep songs has always liked poetry. “I'm an introvert, but writing songs that go beneath the surface allows me the chance to open up a piece of myself,” he says.
The remaining EP tracks in contention for Beathard’s debut album are the titles ‘I'll Take On the World With You,’ ‘Home Sweet USA,’ and the ‘Fight Like Hell’ title track. “I've been writing for six years now, and all of [these songs] are meaningful, have a story behind them and came from somewhere,” Beathard tells Rolling Stone Country. “Every song explains some side of me. It's a good representation,” he adds.
Producer Angelo Petraglia (Kings Of Leon) notes that Beathard’s rhythmic way of playing guitar—influenced by his innate drumming ability—has also helped create “some of contemporary country music's most progressive songs.” Beathard is also an engaging live performer. Learning the ropes by opening for artists such as Dierks Bentley, Keith Urban, and Miranda Lambert, Beathard regularly “bares his soul” in front of a crowd.
Beathard is currently showing fans who he is on tour in Portland, Ore. (Oct. 19); San Diego (Oct. 22); Nashville (Oct. 27); Tallahassee, Fla. (Oct. 28); and Bradenton, Fla. (Oct. 29). Beathard opens the Rock On College Tour with Aubrie Sellers in Madison, Wis. (Nov. 3), followed by shows in Lansing, Mich. (Nov. 4); Bloomington, Ind. (Nov. 5); Oxford, Ohio (Nov. 9); Ann Arbor, Mich. (Nov. 10); and Columbus, Ohio (Nov. 11). The Rock On College Tour wraps up Nov. 12 in Iowa City, Iowa. Beathard ends the year in the U.K. (Dec. 3-5) and kicks off 2017 in University Park, Pa. (Feb. 3).
Watch Tucker Beathard in the official music video for ‘Rock On’ from the Nashville native’s new EP, Fight Like Hell.
As A Matter of Fact…
* Singer-songwriter Tucker Beathard is a native of Nashville. The son of two-time Songwriter of the Year, Casey Beathard, was raised around music, learning to play guitar and drums and performing with his brothers by age ten.
* Beathard’s own rebellious attitude as a teenager was the inspiration for his father's song ‘Homeboy,’ which was a No. 1 country hit for Eric Church in 2011. The young artist passed up a baseball scholarship because he wanted to pursue a career as a songwriter.
* After signing a publishing deal with Big Machine and a recording contract with its DOT Records affiliate, Beathard debuted his rock and country mix in 2015 on the EP, The Demos, Vol. 1.
* Beathard’s second project for Big Machine Records is the EP, Fight Like Hell, which features his debut hit single, ‘Rock On.’ The song is currently a Top 5 hit on both the Mediabase and Billboard country airplay charts.
* Beathard is working on his debut album, following a series shows this summer opening for Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Miranda Lambert, and Keith Urban. He is currently touring the U.S. in support of Fight Like Hell.