We’re back with another #whatmadeyoucountry and this time, we spoke to Todd Barrow! Todd is a singer-songwriter from Texas who is making quite the name for himself as a country artist to watch. He’s already racked up plenty of accolades, including a PRSA Award of Excellence, an Akademia Award for Best Country Album, and an artist spotlight in Alternative Roots Magazine, American Pride Magazine, and AVA Radio. He has appeared on television shows including Good Morning Texas with Jerry Matheny and Texas Music Café on PBS.
One of my all time favorite country tunes is Driving My Life Away by Eddie Rabbitt. I heard this song on a road trip to Colorado with my grandparents in a pinto vehicle. The vocals were amazing and the rhythm of the guitar swept me away. My first country gig was performed at Adairs Saloon, a popular country music venue in Deep Ellum located in Dallas. Willie Nelson performed here!
The country artist that directed me towards country music is the legendary Sonny Burgess, who was mentored by Charlie Pride and has been inducted into the Texas Music Hall Of Fame.
If I had to choose one country album to listen to for the next ten years, it would be Closer You Get by Alabama.
Five songs that inspired me to make country music – well, there are so many! But let’s go back to Johnny Cash and songs like Folsom Prison Blues. Hey Good Looking by Hank Williams. Cowboy Cool by Sonny Burgess. Sit here and drink by Merle Haggard. And an artist I met a few years back, Charlie Daniels; his song, Long Haired Country Boy!
I grew up in a small town where I learned about real living. It’s about ordinary living but country music makes it superordinary.