April 5, 2020

Artist Spotlight – Graham Nancarrow

Meet Graham Nancarrow. Born and bred in the California sun but country through and through! He moved to Nashville 3 years ago and has been quickly gaining attention throughout the city. His cowboy, hippie vibe along with his clean country vocals set him apart in Nashville from the first note you hear him sing. We sat down to learn a little more about his story.

What first got you into music?

My dad was a weatherman in Encinitas, CA and he was doing a live shot at a barn in a town near where I grew up and I got to go along with him that day. The owner of the barn had a local radio station playing over his speakers and Elvis Presley came on, Hound Dog, and I remember saying ‘Dad what is this?!’ and he said ‘This is Elvis Presley, the king of rock and roll.’ I became instantly obsessed and got everything Elvis that year for Christmas. That was the first instance I remember falling in love with music.

Who has inspired you the most in your career?

At first, Elvis but also my dad. There are also so many friends I have met along the way who have inspired me but really, I still get inspired every day by people I meet here in this town.

 Where and when was your first show?

Back in 2002 at a place called Fat Katz. I played 4 songs with my band at the time called Assetones, a punk band. I have come a long way since then from punk to country and just realizing the kind of artist I want to be long term in life.

What does your day to day look like living in Nashville?

I play gigs most nights and then wake up late, find projects and creative outlets to inspire me to paint the picture a different way, go to the park with my dog, yoga. I really like California flowers.

What is your favorite part of performing?

 My favorite part is the interaction with people, seeing their smiles and feeding off the energy in the room. Just being in the moment.

If you could open a show for any artist who would it be?

The Clash – the only band that ever mattered because to me they were real and themselves. They were not in it for money, that’s important to me. The lead singer had such a cool life and story, he was my favorite dude because he brought all kinds of cultural diversity to his music.

 What's your favorite song you have written and why?

My new song, Don’t buy her a drink. I wrote it with my buddy, John Bohlinger. I love it because it is deep and I really connect with the lines. It is something I could hear on country radio today but still feels like me.

What is your 5-year goal?

To still be here in Nashville, touring and making music for a living!


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