Austin Meade first caught our attention with his 2014 full-length album “Chief of the Sinners”. Immediately we took notice of Meade’s strong personal relationships and rich characters throughout his music. The Austin, TX native has created a lot of buzz over the last year, and is looking to keep the momentum going with his new 5 track EP “Heartbreak Coming”. The EP is a little departure from the warm family relationships we saw in previous record. While the characters still remain rich and the stories still personal, Meade takes us down the path of heartbreak and moving on.
His unique blend of Americana, Country, and Blues also appears to be fuller, and Meade’s songwriting more mature. We can see the growth between productions, and think it indicates even better things ahead! The EP drops tomorrow (6/3) and we suggest you get your hands on it!
We had a chance to chat with this rising star about his new record and what the last 18 months have been like and here’s what he had to say:
Texas Music Pickers: Tell us a little bit about yourself and your style of music.
Austin Meade: I grew up moving around Texas and ended up graduating high school in Brenham. I moved to College Station and graduated from A&M in May 2015. I relocated to the Austin area as soon as I graduated and have been pursuing music full-time since then. My dad has been taking me to concerts since I was young. He listens to just about everything ,but loves rock.
I took an interest in blues when I got into high school. When I was 17 I worked for KTEX 106 in Brenham, and around that time I started listening to classic country. Once I got into college, I took interest in Americana music. Songwriting started to attract me just as much as the actual music and I’m still that way today. I have a hard time describing the style of music we make, I’d rather the listener decide what it is when they hear it. I hope my music reflects all of those influences.
TMP: Who would you describe as musical influences?
AM: I’d be crazy to list them all. If I had to pick the top 5 that I was listening to at the time I was writing and recording Heartbreak Coming, I’d go with: Cody Canada, Ryan Adams, Merle Haggard, John Moreland, and Jonathan Tyler.
TMP: It seems like a lot has happened in your life since the release of your previous record “Chief of the Sinners”. What has your journey looked like over the last 18 months?
AM: It is amazing how much has changed in my life. I moved to the Austin area, put together a band of great guys, and have been pushing hard to stay busy on the road. There was some growing up I did along the way (still learning of course). I am so fortunate to do this for a living! I’ve made some of my best friends on the road. I have progressed as a songwriter and musician since Chief of the Sinners. I never thought we would have the opportunity to play and work alongside some of my musical heroes!
We have a long way to go but I can stand here today with a smile on my face, knowing that things are going in the right direction.
TMP: Tell us about the new EP, “Heartbreak Coming”.
AM: Heartbreak Coming was recorded in Austin, Texas. Produced by Jay Saldana and Elijah Ford. I’m proud of what it turned into. I think we are finally figuring out our own sound. I credit this growth to the guys in the band. They brought their own style to the table and made it great. The songwriting is very personal stuff. That’s the way I like it. Honesty can be painful, but it makes you feel something. The songs on Heartbreak Coming are a snapshot at the last year of my life.
TMP: If you had to pick just one song from the EP, which song are you the most proud of?
AM: Honestly, it depends on the day. I’d have to say “Feet On The Floor” or “Written In Stone” because I’ve always been a sucker for sad songs. Shane Boeker’s lead guitar on “Feet” is just so killer alongside the steel guitar. Shane’s theme riff and Matt Gracy’s solo on “Written in Stone” are so fitting to the vibe of that whole song. Those two guys are really something special when you stick them in the same room.
TMP: Our favorite song from the record is “Courage to Talk”. Can you provide us with some background on it?
AM: “Courage to Talk” is the most rocking tune on Heartbreak Coming. I pulled the title of the EP from the lyrics in the chorus. The song explains how things go in certain relationships. It’s tough to be honest and come to terms when it doesn’t work out with someone. I don’t understand why everything happens, but it usually turns out better if you speak your mind and communicate clearly. I think a lot of us have either been in the situation personally or seen a close friend go through this.
TMP: Tell us about the lead single “Born with a Broken Heart” When can people expect to hear it on the radio?
AM: “Born with a Broken Heart” just hit radio this week! This song was co-written with my friend, Shane Boeker (who also plays lead guitar in our band). Shane is a rare talent that can write killer tunes and shred a guitar. I started writing this song to describe how I felt when I moved from College Station to Austin. There was so much changing in my life in a very short time period.
TMP: What is your favorite thing to eat while out on the road?
AM: Chick-fil-a is always fine by me, but I’ve got to get my Mexican food fix a few times a week.
TMP: Can you share a funny story with us about something that has happened while out on the road or performing?
AM: Trying to think of a story that is acceptable to share… A few years ago, when Seth and Lee were in the band, we all dressed up for Halloween and played in the stockyards. After our show we had some fun with our buddies from Dolly Shine. I specifically remember walking out to the van, which was old and creepy, to see Lee asleep in the front seat. The funniest part is that Lee was dressed as a priest. He was asleep in his priest costume (still wearing his Rosary and holding the bible on his chest) parked underneath the only streetlight in this dark lot. Brandon (our current drummer) is known for being picked up in alleyways or random gas stations when we play in west Texas. Find me at a show and I can tell you more…
TMP: What is on the horizon for Austin Meade?
AM: This year has been great and we are going to continue that. We are hoping that listeners dig “Heartbreak Coming” and ask for more. We will continue to tour, hit new areas and keep working our current spots. I want to get back in the studio already and knock out a follow up record. No promises, but I hope a new van is on the horizon too.
TMP: Is there anything else you’d like your fans to know?
AM: Go out and work hard for what you want. Nothing feels better than working hard to build your dreams from the ground up. People come and go in your life but you have to stay focused on the big picture and realize that you can’t control everything. I’m preaching to myself here, but it took me 22 years to learn that. Believe in yourself or no one else will. Enjoy all the little moments of happiness and your steps along the way. Take a step in the right direction each day and don’t be scared to fall a few times.
Check out our favorite track Courage to Talk below!
w/ Charlie Robison
New Braunfels, TX
Lone Star Music
San Marcos, TX
River Hofbrau (Acoustic)
New Braunfels, TX
w/ Jonathan Tyler
Cheatham Street Warehouse
w/ Flatland Cavalry
San Marcos, TX
Music addict, a sucker for heartbreak songs, and avid Houston sports fan! I’am also the Editor-in-Chief of Texas Music Pickers.