From a casual introduction from mutual friend, Ray Fulcher, country duo Southerland was off to the races. Bandmates, Matt Chase and Chris Rogers felt an instant chemistry from that first meeting and were playing shows together within a week.
When they first began playing together, Chase and Rogers described what they were doing as “being in a duo without putting a label on it”. For years, Chase and Rogers resisted playful urges to make their duo official. The duo credits the persistence of River House executive Lynn Cline for ultimately bringing together the Southerland you hear now. Chase and Rogers recall the epiphany that occurred on a trip back to Nashville. After playing a long show in Florida, Chase and Rogers decided that they were ready to put a label on their musical relationship and drove straight to Oliver’s house to tell her the news that her years of prodding had finally paid off.
When you listen to Southerland’s music you’re instantly drawn in by the 90’s esque sound the duo produces. Listening to Souhterland is an experience that fills many with drops of nostalgia for what country music used to be. While, Sutherland appreciates the fact that they’re 90’s influence shines through, they also consider the early years of Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean as being consequential to who they are as artists. And if Southerland’s brand new EP. “Boot Up”, is any indication this sound is one that has the ability to resonate with fans from across the spectrum of country music. Southerland credits their label and publishing company for giving them the ability to make the music that they want to make without being pushed in directions that would feel inauthentic to them. For Chase and Rogers highlights on the EP include the boot stomping, honky tonkish title track “Boot Up”. Chase considers “Came Out Of Nowhere” to be the most meaningful song on the EP. “Came Out Of Nowhere” is an ode to the often unseen and overlooked hard workers that seldom receive the credit or recognition they deserve. While, to Rogers the song that means the most is “Along Those Lines” which describes all the ways Chase and Rogers grew up so different but yet the same. “Along Those Lines” is a song that while super personal to Chase and Rogers is also incredibly relatable to people everywhere.
Be sure to check out Souhterland’s brand new EP “Boot Up”