Like many of today’s country stars, Thomas Fountain draws a tremendous amount of inspiration of country’s golden era, the 90’s. Fountain feels as though this era influenced him and got him hooked on country music and he is now looking to pay it forward by introducing the next generation to his unique sound. Fountain’s latest single “It Don’t Matter” puts a fresh spin on what Fountain describes as a “rowdy sing- along honky-tonk anthem”.
Recently, we had the chance to chat with Fountain about his musical influences, journey, and so much more.
Who are your biggest musical influences?
Any of the big country names from the 90s. Everything from writing to production.
When did you know that you wanted to pursue music?
I always loved playing music but it wasn’t till probably my early 20s till I knew I wanted to pursue music full time. I saw the impact my songs were having on people and I knew it was bigger than me. I felt like I had a family behind me that believed in me and I wanted to make them proud.
Once you knew, what was your first step towards making it a reality?
My first goal was to write good music and record. The next step was putting together the best possible band I could. Even starting out I took great pride in being surrounded by great musicians and putting on a great live performance.
What are some of the challenges you’ve faced along the way and how did you overcome them?
There’s been so many as the industry is ever changing. The biggest is probably the social media and streaming game. There’s always something to keep up with to stay relevant. It’s very time consuming but necessary to stay in the game.
How would you describe your musical style?
I want to write and record songs that impact an audience and will stand the test of time. I’ve tried my best not to fit into what current fad there is in country music. Fads pass but good impactful songs stand the test of time.
What’s the story behind your song “It Don’t Matter”?
It’s one of the few songs I’ve recorded that I didn’t write. It was written by Wyatt McCubbin and Aaron Raiterre. The song kind of started as a bluegrass tune and we turned it into a rowdy sing-along honky-tonk anthem. It’s very different from anything I’ve put out, but I felt like my fan base needed something different from me.
What’s next for you?
The goal is to always progress and never become complacent. I’m always trying to find ways to get my music to the greater masses. Now that shows are picking back up, I’d love to be back touring again soon.
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