With the weight the last name Montgomery holds in country music it would be easy for Walker Montgomery to feel overwhelmed to step out as an artist. Walker’s the son of John Michael Montgomery and nephew of Eddie Montgomery of Montgomery Gentry. After talking to Walker for two minutes it is clear as day of two things: he bleeds blue for his home state of Kentucky and has a level confident head stepping into the country music world on his own.
With “yes ma’am” and “mama” flowing from his mouth with ease it is apparent Walker is a true southern gentleman the female fans are sure to swoon for. It’s hard to believe he is only 19. Walker is quite an old soul, referencing both Luke Bryan and Frank Sinatra as some of his favorite musicians. At the mention of his debut EP Simple Town releasing on October 19th he immediately gets giddy with excitement. “Words can’t really explain it. I’m so excited to get the fans this new music.” The Kentucky native who is currently residing in Nashville full-time took some time to talk about the new project further:
You’re debut EP Simple Town is out on October 19th! I got to take a sneak listen and I think the fans are really going to love “Burning 18′” and “Just a Truck” especially.
Walker: I love every song on that EP. I think “Burnin 18′” is a really good song, it might be my next single! It’s the eptiome of a rocking summer country song. That’s going to be fun to play and fun for the fans to hear.
It’s been about two years since I first heard “Just a Truck”. I grew up on a farm and it seemed like we always had an old truck to go mess around in and do everything that mama didn’t know about in [laughs]. So that track really spoke to me. When I went to record this EP I wanted to have songs that the fans could relate to because that’s what I look for in a song.
What made you decide to release “Simple Town” as the first track?
Walker: What happened is I was playing at a UK football game and played “Simple Town” for the first time live that day. The local radio station said if I recorded the song they would play it on the air. When your hometown radio station says that, you gotta go record it [laughs]. I wrote “Simple Town” about my hometown of Kentucky and it’s a very special song to me.
Colt Ford and Noah Gordon were the producers for this EP. How did that relationship come to be?
Walker: My dad sang on Colt’s first single and we’ve been family friends since I could really remember. Colt’s a great guy. Him and Noah have taken care of me with this EP. I trust both of them, Colt like a second dad, to give me their honest opinion and help me become a better musician. It was a blessing having Colt and Noah produce this EP. Lots of good times for sure.
Obviously you have a little bit different of a background coming into this industry than others with your family being such a large part of country music. Did you rebel against being an artist yourself or was it always something you knew you wanted for yourself?
Walker: I respect my parents immensely because they never pushed me to choose a single path. They surrounded me with sports and acting. I played football and basketball and did school plays. Obviously school was in there a little bit as well [laughs]. I kind of chose my own path into music and it made me love it more. They never forced me into anything.
Every artist is influenced and inspired by dozens of other artists throughout the span of their career. With that said, if you were to pick your musical parents who would they be?
Walker: That’s a tough question! Beside’s my daddy I would have to say Randy Travis. Randy Travis is my favorite artist of all time. His lyrics and the way that he sings with such ease is a really special thing. On the mother side it would have to be a good ole’ Kentucky girl, Loretta Lynn. That coal miners daughter I tell you, she sings with such passion.
If you can’t wait until tomorrow to listen to Walker’s EP head on over to The Boot for an exclusive first listen!