The modern songwriter can find inspiration almost everywhere, and rising star Josh Bagwell is no different. The concept for Bagwell’s new single “Take That To The Bank” came from a tv show Bagwell was watching, and once Bagwell heard the line “take that to the bank” his inner songwriter was awakened and started thinking up ways to make this idea into a song. “Take That To The Bank” is a song about the idea that no matter how many little white lies Bagwell may tell his friends, when he tells his wife he loves her and will always be there for her she can “take that to the bank”.
Recently, we had the chance to chat with Bagwell about his musical style, “Take That To The Bank”, and so much more.
Worlds of Country: Growing up, when did you sort of know that music was something you wanted to do with your life?
Josh: Oh, man, I’ve always been passionate about music. I’ve always listened to country music. And I kind of played around in a little garage bands and stuff when I was in high school and middle school. It wasn’t really ever country music, but a little bit more rock stuff. But then when I got into college, I started doing I was in kind of like a little cover band, actually doing country music. And we got to where we were traveling around playing around a lot and kind of went our separate ways. And after that I was probably about twenty two years old and started to write my own songs and put out my own music. And it’s been all I’ve done since then.
Worlds of Country: Who would you say are your biggest musical influences?
Josh: I like a lot of 90’s country, I would say, you know, I really like a lot of Tracy Lawrence and Travis Tritt. More current stuff, I really like Jason Aldean a lot. So, yeah, that’s what I like at and a lot of Eric Church, especially Eric’s early stuff. “Sinners Like Me”, that whole album, really got me wanting to write songs. And I know like a lot of other people in this town and it was a big inspirational album for me to really want to do that.
Worlds of Country: How would you describe your own musical style for people that haven’t heard you before?
Josh: I have to say, it is a country with a little bit of a rock edge, you know, a little bit gritty. I try to write songs or things that I’ve been through personally or, you know, things that I think that people have experienced.
Worlds: Can you tell us about your new song “Take That To The Bank”?
Josh: Honestly, that song came about, I was laying in bed one night and I was watching a TV show, a guy had said something to one of his buddies. And when they left and his wife was like, you told him a lie. And the conversation turned into what else you’ve been lying to me about. And he was like, you know, this and that. But at the end of the day, when I tell you I love you, you can take that to the bank. And I was like, that’s interesting. So. I thought on that. I thought back to times where my wife had personally, you know, she heard me tell a buddy one day that I shot a deer that was hanging downstairs in this certain place. And she was like, it’s not where you killed out there. And, you know, a little white lie about some stuff, you know? But at the end of the day, you know, when I say the things I say to you, they’re true. And yeah, that’s the title that came from something on a television show .
Worlds of Country: Would you say that is the strangest way you got inspiration for a song?
Josh: No, not really. I mean, as a songwriter, you know, we’re always listening to everything everybody says and, you know, I’ll be in conversation with people sometimes and they’ll just say something that’ll trigger it, and just naturally, as a songwriter, you you think of every angle, you can turn that into a song.
Worlds of Country: That seems to be the way the songwriter brain works is just anything you see could be used.
Josh: Yeah, exactly. You know, it’s crazy what you can turn into a song, but, yeah, I just I hear things and write them down and try to try to make them creative. Yeah.
Worlds of Country: How did you sort of keep yourself in that creative space during the covid times when you couldn’t get out there and and play?
Josh: Honestly, at first it was great, you know, it gave so I just had we just had our first kid. We had a little boy back in June. So in my mind, at first I was like, this isn’t that bad. You know, I’m going to get to spend a little bit of time at home with my kid and get to see him more at first. But as far as songwriting goes, you know, it gave us a lot of downtime to think and to come up with new ideas and to be creative. And I got to travel a little bit more for pleasure. I got to go back home or and I got to go to a farm we have in Kentucky to deer on stuff. And those are the things that give me my creativity for songwriting. And it really helped kind of clear my mind. And but after a little while, you know, it started it kind of had the opposite effect. It kind of started that way. And I’m like, man, I’ve got. This has got to end, this is going to drive me crazy and. You kind of start going stir crazy a little bit.