Sterling Drake- Q&A!!!

1. Hello Sterling, can you tell us all a little bit about yourself before you became a country singer?

Thanks for the interview! I was originally born in the south east and since then I’ve spent time in just about each corner of the country. I particularly spend a lot of time between western Montana and Nashville. I’ve been involved in Nashville as a songwriter for three years.

2. What made you want a career in country music?

I don’t think I originally intended to seek out a “career” in country music. I just enjoy writing songs and playing music and at some point I realized that my passion needed to supplement itself financially in order to continue pursuing it.

3. What is the background story behind your brand new single “Roll the Dice?”

Roll the Dice is a simple song about taking a chance on love! I attempted to package the song in a contemporary interpretation of Western Swing arrangement, one of my favorite forms of music. I sure hope it translates well with others!

4. How would you describe your music in 3 to 5 words?

Neo-traditional country music

5. Where are a few of your favorite venues to play at?

I’ve had the opportunity to play some amazing venues but I have to say my top venues would have to be:

-The Old Saloon, Emmigrant, MT
-The American Legion Post 82, Nashville,TN -White Horse, Austin, TX
-Luckenbach Dancehall, Fredericksburg, TX

6. What is your recording process like when making and creating new music?

I usually accumulate a collection of songs and try to find a consistent production value or instrumental arrangement amongst them. Then, I’ll take them into a studio live room and cut them all together with arranged musicians. When it comes to my own artistry I like to arrange the production and work alongside an engineer.

7. Who are some of your musical icons?

Roger Miller, Ray Price, Larry Sparks, Glen Campbell, Ralph Stanley, Willie & Waylon, Red Steagall, Bob Wills, and Marty Robbins

8. What do you like to do when you are not working on your music?

I spend about a half of the year working as a hired hand for a ranch in western Montana. I enjoy being an ever-evolving student of both horsemanship and stockmanship. I also like seeing the country through visitings other friends of mine in the ranching community. You learn a lot by experiencing the different ways in which folks get the job done. Needless to say, I spend a lot of time on the road. When I get some down time I enjoy learning about history through books, music and film. I’m a low key nerd.

9. What is one of your favorite quotes?
Ride me down easy, Lord, ride me on down. Leave word in the dust where I lay. Say, I’m easy

come, easy go, and I’m easy to love when I stay” – Billy Joe Shaver

10. Is there anything else you would like to share?

I hope you all enjoy the latest single! Keep an eye out for more music and an upcoming EP by fall this year! Find me on Spotify, Instagram, or Facebook.

Sterling Drake- “Artist Spotlight”!!!

American recording artist and songwriter, Sterling Drake, has his origins located in the tradition of Country and Western music, from the Mission Mountains of western Montana, and  to Music City, Tennessee. Drake is a three-time Billboard charting songwriter and also a rancher. His brand-new single “Roll The Dice, showcases the production amount and details of old-time country from the legends and today’s renovated country songs. This seven-song EP comes from the pedal steelwork of the Grand Ole Opry Player Tommy Charley McCoy. “Roll The Dice,” was written over a brief amount of time when Drake spent his time living the song words in the middle of Nashville at his favorite honky-tonks. Drake shares he is going back to his roots when he was working on “Roll The Dice.”
As a musician, Drake showcases being truthful and organically refreshes Western swing in a new, different way, by undergoing his love of traditional Western culture and music with a development of fans who may not have the chance to encounter the genre. “Roll The Dice,” is a snappy swing song with a three-part lead section by combining the fiddle and pedal steel guitar that adds a new taste to the sound of country music in 2021. As a leader, Drake is shattering the shape and making a road for himself. 

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