10 Questions with Daves Highway

Daves Highway; Photo by Matt Paskert
Daves Highway; Photo by Matt Paskert
Daves Highway; Photo by Matt Paskert

Meet Daves Highway, country music’s newest sibling trio with harmonies that will knock your socks off. 

Comprised of Delaney, Zachary and Erika Daves, Daves Highway just released a two-song, self-titled collection featuring the tracks “Hate That You Hate Me” (written by Hannah Ellis, Natalie Hemby, Josh Kerr) and “Why Do We Need ‘Em” (written by Hannah Ellis, Natalie Hemby, Josh Kear). The project was produced by Ron Fair. 

The trio is managed by Jake Owen‘s Good Company Entertainment, where Owen himself serves as head of A&R for the roster.

“I couldn’t be more proud of Daves Highway. I knew the minute I heard them, they were special,” says Good Company Entertainment’s Jake Owen. “We needed great songs and a great producer. Thanks to this amazing town and the incredible songwriters, we found those songs. Ron Fair took the songs and Daves Highway to a whole new level. I’ve always loved being a cheerleader for others. I love watching the journey. I’ve been there. Daves Highway is destined for an incredible journey….”

As Daves Highway continues to introduce their music to country music fans everywhere, Country Now is sharing 10 questions with the up-and-comers below. 

Who are some of your biggest musical influences?

Little Big Town, The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, John Mayer

When did you decide to form a trio? Did you ever explore solo careers?

We have been singing together for as long as we can remember. We started singing in church and then started traveling to other churches across the southeast. We officially formed our band in 2009 and have been pursuing this career ever since!

Did you grow up in a musical household? If so, what was that like?

Not really, but our parents are music lovers. Dad loves rock n roll and Mom loves classic country. We were introduced to all types of music from a young age and it really influenced our sound.

How did you come up with your band name?

Daves is our last name and family means everything to us. We wanted to use our name in our band name. We came up with the name when we were kids and thought it would be cool to have a positive message to share so we chose highway because God’s way is the high way. It’s kinda funny to think back on it now, but it still means the same thing to us so we stuck with it.

Fans can literally see you grow up by scrolling back through your YouTube. Do you ever look back on those videos and realize how far you’ve come? Is there a favorite old video that you like to reminisce upon?

Honestly yes sometimes,  but we tend to cringe when we watch them back. It’s sentimental and funny because we have memories tied to each video that nobody else can see.

What made you decide to move to Nashville and what was that transition like?

We always wanted to move to Nashville. We begged our parents our whole lives to move here. In 2015, we were here for the summer to write songs and we would ride around the city after our co-writes looking at houses and trying to figure how we could get here permanently. Out of the blue, we got the opportunity to study under the legendary producer, Charlie Peacock, at Lipscomb University. We literally got an offer and moved to town within the week. The transition was quick. We all moved out of our parents house at the same time. Here we are 6 years later and we’re still here!

How would you describe your music to someone who has never heard it?

It’s a mix of a little bit of country, a little bit of rock, and a little bit of pop. In Mississippi, we call it blood harmony.

What’s the story behind the song “Why Do We Need Em?”

This song was written by Natalie Hemby, Josh Kear, and Hannah Ellis. The first time we heard it, we LOVED it! With the top tier songwriters on it, we never thought we’d get this song, but Jake Owen championed it for us. It really came to life when we got into the studio and started recording it with Ron Fair. Ron really took this song in a direction we wouldn’t have been able to take it, and we are really thankful for him. We are so proud of this song!

How about the song “Hate That You Hate Me?” How did that come about?

This one was actually written by Natalie Hemby, Josh Kerr, and Hannah Ellis. Kinda funny. Obviously, we’re big fans of their work! This song made all three of us cry when we heard it for the first time because it cuts so deep. Relationships are hard and breaking up is hard. We’ve all three been through hard breakups and we’ve all had an ex hate us at some point along the way haha. Who hasn’t?  Whether you’re the one doing the breaking up or you’re on the other side of it, you can relate to the lyrics. “I don’t care if you don’t love me, I just hate that you hate me.” Like wow. That’s genius.

What’s next for you?

We will continue to write, record, and release music. We can’t wait to get out on the road again and play our songs for the world. We’re really looking forward to the future!

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