WASHINGTON, July 25, 2014 – Talking to country western artist Joe Bachman, there is no doubt that country music is evolving. Or at least the talent has. No longer do the roots only go to Nashville. Artist, like Bachman, reference artists like Michael Jackson and Metallica, the Beatles and rap artists.
However the circle brings them back to the stalwarts – Willie Nelson to Garth Brooks.
“I grew up in a military family, dad was retired and he listened to Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson,” Bachman says from the road. “As a kid you don’t like what your parents like so I started to cross genres of music. I was made fun of at high school because I like Metallica and the boy bands .
Bachman also likes a good party song. His latest release is “Lookatchu” which he did not write, but loves to perform.
“It’s a straight forward Country song and it has a good beat,” Bachman says. And you can’t argue that.
Asked what he likes to listen to, Bachman admits to having some 10,000 plus songs on his iPod, perfect for the (too few) days he spends on his boat off the Florida coast.
“Music will change my mood in 30 seconds,” Bachman says. “It is a powerful influence as to how I feel from moment to moment.”
Bachman appreciates the direction music is moving as kids are not just listening to one kind of music, but accepting modern world music – a combination of country and rap, hip hop and classic, Willie Nelson and ‘Lil Wayne.
“I listened to music then, and now for the great melodies, the harmonies, and I think a lot of our fans do the same. It not just always country, or rap. It can be what works for you now. ”
Bachman references Perry Farrell of Jane’s Addiction who started the LaLaPalooza tour with the idea that music, is music.
“His whole premise is that if you grab a typical person you are not going to see just country, or just rock, or just anything,” Bachman says. “I would bet that 80% of our audience has more than one or two genres they listen to, just like me.”
Bachman also appreciates the wide range of influences he can hear in music: “It is crazy when you hear rap influence in country music!”, he says with a soft chuckle.
You can see Bachman when he appears tomorrow evening at the National Fairgrounds. The Philadelphia native appears at the Fairgrounds across from Nationals Park on July 25. Also appearing are Jason Aldean and Florida Georgia Line concert.
“Being on stage is where I belong, I’ve always felt at home there, and I especially love it because I can let go and hang with the fans. Even more, I can crank it up in my live shows and bring the party! It’s the greatest feeling in the world,” says Bachman.
For more details and ticket information, visit the events Facebook page.
WHEN: Friday, July 25, 2014
Show starts at 3p.m.
WHERE: Fairgrounds @ Nationals Park
1500 South Capitol Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003
For more information about Joe Bachman, visit www.joebachman.com.