Artist of the Month

On a monthly basis, spotlights a Georgia artist that we feel is furthering their career in country music. Below is our current artist of the month. We hope you enjoy reading their interview and getting to know this artist more. Be sure to check out their music, videos and schedule for the month. If you are a Georgia-based artist, 18 and over, and would like to be considered for Artist of the Month, please contact us with your name and a website to review.

Our January Artist of the Month is Chase Thomas. Below is our interview with Chase as he talks about his music and career.

GC: Lets get Georgia familiar with Chase Thomas. Tell us where you grew up, raised and current family.

CT: I was born and raised in the small town of Clarkesville, Ga up in the Northeast Georgia Mountains. I have lived with my family on my grandfather's farm for the past 28 years. My mom and dad, are still happily married after 35 years and my wife, Brittany, and I live just down the road from them. I have a younger brother, Cody, as well, who is 24.

GC: You started your love for music at an early age. What is your oldest memory of being involved in music?

CT: My oldest memory of my involvement in music will always be watching the CMA's with my mom and dad. Even at 3 years old I was always mesmerized by the country music sound. My parents have an old wood heater that I would stand in front of in my diapers and use the handles as a microphone while I watched the awards.

GC: Did growing up in the hills of North Georgia have any influence on your music and songwriting?

CT: Growing up in the hills of North Georgia definitely had an influence on my music and songwriting. We're just good ole country folks up here and I think you can see that in a lot of my songs.

GC: You have been songwriting since your mid teens. Has there been any one subject that you keep returning to for inspiration?

CT: I haven't had really one subject that I return to for inspiration when writing music. I take every life experience possible that I have and tried to turn that into something that everyone can relate to. I also want them to see how I was raised and what my point of views are.

GC: Outlaw country is very obvious in your music. Who would you say is the "King" of Outlaw Country (past or present) and why?

CT: I've got say that I think Johnny Cash is the king of Outlaw Country. He's the type of artist that I absolutely admire. He wasn't conformed by anyone when he played or wrote his music. He did his own thing, wrote about what he wanted to write about, and it worked out amazingly for him. He stayed himself and wasn't worried about what others thought about what he was doing.

GC: You had a very busy 2014. What was the highlight of the year for you in 2014?

CT: The highlight of the year for me performance wise would definitely have to be having the opportunity to open up for Chris Stapleton. He is one of my all time favorite song writers and that was such a privilege. Outside of just performing, one huge highlight for me is going to be the amazing band that I was able to be blessed with. These guys are outstanding musicians and guys. I wouldn't have the opportunities I've had without them.

GC: What has been your favorite place to play and why?

CT: My favorite place to play so far is Saddlebags in Savannah. We played there recently for the first time and fell in love with the joint. It's right on river street and it's just a great place to get some new fans.

GC: You've got to open for many bigger name acts. What ONE act would you DIE to open up for and why?

CT: I would love the opportunity to open for Eric Church. He is just a lyrical genius and his sound is unlike anyone I've ever heard. I would have to see he is the King of the Outlaw scene at the moment. He's another one of those guys that cares more about the music than anything and I respect the heck out of that.

GC: What acts are you currently listening to?

CT: I have all kinds singers/songwriters/musicians that I'm listening to at the moment. To name a few: Eric Church, Justin Moore, Jason Aldean, Chris Stapleton, John King.

GC: With a new year here, what would be your number one goal for 2015?

CT: My number one goal for 2015 is to reach as many people as I possibly can with my music. We're working on some new material at the moment and home to have a new album coming out by the end of 2015.