There’s a one-of-a-kind spunk that radiates off Texans, and Appalachian cosmic soul artist Jerry Castle embodies the Lone Star State’s spirit on his rowdy new track “Throwback Texas Man” out today. The track channels the grit-fueled attitude of Castle’s favorite Texan icons like Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, George Jones, Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, Rolling Stones’ saxophonist Bobby Keys and more. 

Tell us about your new single Throwback Texas Man

Throwback Texas Man is part rock, part Texas county, and part blues.  It’s a high energy up -tempo song.  While all of those styles seem to fit together easily enough, I’d venture to say that you’ve never heard anything quite like it.

Have you ever been to Texas?

Of course I have! I’ve played Austin, Houston and Dallas.  I’ve spent the most time in Houston and the outskirts of Houston.  I’ve considered relocating to the Austin area before but I have kids in Nashville so that has always been the tie that keeps me in Nashville.

What inspired you to write this song?

I came up with the guitar riff on this song first and for some reason, something about it felt like it was tied to the Lonestar state.  I messed around with several different hooks related to Texas but “Throwback Texas Man” was the one that felt right.  I have a lot of musical heroes that are Texas troubadours.  Willie Nelson is my all -time favorite.  Waylon Jennings, Billy Joe Shaver, Bobby Keys, and Guy Clark are some other Texas dudes that I’ve always admired.  I love that these guys all marched to the beat of their own drum, carved their own path, worked hard, played harder, seemed to have a philosophical approach to life and weren’t scared to call a spade a spade.  I spoke about all of these gentlemen in past tense, obviously Willie Nelson is still alive and still doing his thing like only he can do it.

Where else do you find inspirations for songs and lyrics?

Anywhere and everywhere.  Real life, relationships, movies, things I’ve observed about others, how I think someone else views things, how I was, the man I want to be.  I think the key is you just always have to be open.  Songs ideas rarely come at a convenient time, so you have to be prepared to document them and do the work when they do.

How would you describe your sound?

It’s ever-changing but there seems to usually be a roots slant to whatever I do, whether its country leaning or rock leaning.  My last full-length record was described as “Appalachian Soul meets Cosmic Country” but I think sometimes it leans more “Appalachian Rock”.  There are certainly songs that are just straight up old-school country as well.

If you could collaborate with anyone who would it be?

I actually get asked this on a fairly regular basis.  I’d say it would be someone that does a different style of music than I do.  Put me on a co-write FINNEAS or Post Malone and I think we’d be able to create something that’s unique and cool.

Tell us something about Jerry Castle we might not know

Well there’s a lot of things you don’t know about me.  When I was 15, I flipped a convertible and survived without a scratch.  I lost my best friend in the world when I was 24, I played three years of college football (American) and started at running back the last two years that I played.  I practice yoga and meditation.  I didn’t get my first guitar until I was twenty years old.  The list goes on and on.  I’ve lived a pretty colorful life so far.

8. If someone was going to play Jerry Castle in a movie about your life who would it be?

Ha! Are you trying to get my super ego to kick in? I think Johnny Depp or Bradley Cooper would be able to nail it.  I say that because of the types of characters that they’re good at playing, not because I’m nearly as damned handsome as those fellas are.

Any gigs coming up?

I have several livestreams and tv appearances coming up.  I’m doing shows for the Americana Music Association, an outlet in America called “The Boot”, a midday tv appearance on a show here in Nashville but no actual live shows.  I’m hopeful that I’m able to get back out and play by the fall but I’m also prepared to accept the current reality and to make the most of it.

What next for Jerry Castle…..?

I’m working on another record right now.  When the time comes that I can get back out and play, I want to be ready to hit the ground running.  It’s going to be a different environment then and I want to be at my absolute best to be able to navigate that environment

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