East Parker McCollum a much-needed encore for the Nashville scene, or what?
The Texas native has absolutely been in a race to the top for the past few years and certainly looks like a solid bet for one of the next big bands in all of country music.
With 2 number one And one ACM New Male Artist of the year, you can believe the pressure is building as he takes the next step that will truly launch him into orbit.
But according to the man himself, that couldn’t be further from the truth.
On a recent episode of his podcast, Theo Von asked Parker exactly that and his answer was what we need to hear more of in mainstream country music today.
“The awards are cool, I watched the awards shows when I was a kid, so it’s cool to be on it…and I don’t know if that’s a blessing or a curse, but I don’t don’t give a fuck, really don’t.”
He went on to say…
“I just want to be as successful doing this with as much integrity and respect as possible. Trying to do it the hard way, you know?
I started from the very, very, very low in my van, got a van, trailer, nicer van, tour bus, then got a record deal…I got made the long hard way, the way I wanted to do it.
So the prices are great, man. Number one songs? Great. The double-platinum song? Impressive. But that’s not what makes me feel successful. These are just small bonuses, I guess.
What a great way to look at it.
Listen, of course artists want hit songs and trophies to hang on the wall. Hell, even we reference these wins when describing performers because they add some context and flavor to a person’s backstory.
But is this the reason why an artist should get into the business? Hell no, and those who get into it for reasons like that tend to die out pretty quickly.
Safe to say, Parker isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
I just saw him in Raleigh a few weeks ago and I highly recommend getting to a show ASAP. Hell of a time.
This part of the podcast starts around 24:30, but I recommend the whole thing. Two absolute first-round life hall of famers in the making.
Plus, who can resist a wild party, The story of Koe Wetzel?
Also, be sure to check out Parker’s recent appearance on the Whiskey Riff Raff podcast.