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Introducing Rich O'Toole
Country musicians are a gift that keep on giving. Country songs consist of lyrics, music and vocals, all wrapped up and presented to the fans to treasure.
No matter where your journey of life may take you, chances are there is a country music song that you could relate to. Whether these songs make you happy, sad or yell yeehaw, you will always remember the lyrics that helped carry you along.
Join me as I introduce you to another amazing artist who is as passionate about singing country music as the fans are with enjoying the ride. And what a ride I'm about to take y'all on as I introduce you to a fantastic musician from The Lone Star State.
Rich O'Toole was born and bred in Houston, Texas and now calls the Hill Country north of San Antonio, Texas his home.
Let's go y'all and meet country-rocker Rich O'Toole. His wit, charisma, talent and fondness for tacos just might make you a fan too!
Favorite Food - Drink - Dessert?
Tacos, Chinese Food, Red Wine and Cheesecake.
Sidenote: I follow Rich on Instagram and his food photos are not only entertaining, but they also make me hungry and possibly gain weight just from looking. He should receive endorsements from the establishments he promotes!
Is There a Family History of Musicians?
Not really, I am the first one. My grandma played the organ.
Do You Have a Pre-Performance Ritual?
I focus and drink two Coors Light beers - then I go rock the stage.
How Did You Get Started in the Music Business?
I began by playing at the back porch of the Dixie Chicken in College Station, Texas.
Is There a Musician That Inspired You?
Absolutely! Bruce Springsteen and Robert Earl Keen.
Who Inspired Your Love of Music?
My mother. She would listen to Rock 101 in Houston when she was getting ready for work.
Would You Prefer a Record Deal or to be Independant?
I think Independent because it's the most fun and offers me lots of challenges.
Advice For an Aspiring Artist?
Never quit. Work hard every day at getting better and improving your talent.
Your Thoughts on the Evolution of Country Music?
Everything changes for the better or worse.
Have You Had Vocal Training?
Not really. I learned to sing listening to Jason Boland live at Billy Bob's.
Which Instruments Do You Play?
The guitar, mandolin and drums.
Do You Write Your Own Songs?
Yes, about 95% of them.
Have You Written Songs For Other Musicians?
Yes. Josh Abbott, Kyle Park, Scooter Brown Band and Pear Ratz.
A Song That You Are Working On Now?
Casino Lights. It's about a wild trip to Las Vegas.
A Special Song That You Wrote?
I Thank God. This song is about my mom, she is amazing!
You Are Performing a "One Night Only" Concert, Where Are You?
Who Is Your Muse?
People watching me perform helps to inspire me to be the best performer I can be.
Most Famous Musician That You Met?
Robert Earl Keen.
Where Do You See Yourself in 5 Years?
Hopefully we can just grow to play beautiful theaters around the US and Europe.
How Long Have You Been in the Entertainment Industry?
About 10 years. It's been a long and hard journey, but well worth it.
Most Memorable Career Moment So Far?
Getting to open Robert Earl Keen's Christmas show in my hometown of Houston, Texas.
Select a Musician to Star in the Movie of Your Life?
Have You Been Charted on Radio?
Yes. We have had 16 top ten hits on Texas Radio!
Marijuana or Jalapenos?
My two favorite things! Ha!!
Sidenote: It was via this song that I was introduced to Rich O'Toole's music. The first time I heard the song on Nashville iHeart Radio I instantly researched the musician and began to follow him on social media. My thoughts were, anyone who was creative enough to write a song about marijuana and jalapenos must be a badass artist! I was correct.
Favorite Toppings on Nachos?
Rich's Favorite Fun Facts
- Venue to perform: Golden Light Cantina in Amarillo, Texas
- Inspirational quote: Anything by John Fitzgerald Kennedy
- Song lyric: "No Retreat, No Surrender" - Bruce Springsteen
- Song: Leap of Faith - Bruce Springsteen
- Concert: Dixie Chicks at the Hollywood Bowl in LA
- Musician: Bruce Springsteen, Jason Isbell, Robert Earl Keen and Ryan Adams
- Artist to collaborate with: Bruce Springsteen and Natalie Maines (Dixie Chicks)
- Act to open for: Do you have to ask?? Bruce Springsteen!!
Haha! No, I didn't have to ask, I could have guessed.
© 2016 Linda Bilyeu
Dianna Mendez on December 10, 2016:
Such a gifted artist. Thanks for sharing his talent with us.
Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on December 09, 2016:
Hi Sha! Rich's songs are badass. He is a natural entertainer. Thanks for stopping by!
Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on December 07, 2016:
I love this guy's sound and sense of humor, Linda. His Marijuana Jalepenos song is pretty ballsy. The video had a surprise ending - caught me by surprise.
What a talented guy! Thank you for introducing him to us, Linda.
Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on November 26, 2016:
My girls and I begin to make a list of what we would toss over the wall, then the wall gets nixed, then it's back on...so indecisive, but I agree, Rich would definitely be on the list. His music is just what we need to have a good darn time!
Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on November 26, 2016:
Come on, girls, hiking boots on - we are climbing the wall (it is built, right??!!)
... yee haw, we need to get our 'three favorite things' - including Mr O'Toole.
Suzie from Carson City on November 25, 2016:
Did I just hear someone call my name?......
Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on November 25, 2016:
Suzie from Carson City on November 25, 2016:
O'Wow! O'Awesome....O'Cute, Talented, Sexy.....O'My, O'Yeah! O'Thank you, GF!.......O'TOOLE!!!!
Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on November 25, 2016:
O thank you for the introduction....I had not heard his work...if anyone has ever listened to crickets' melodies they know he nailed it with that song...and Jaded, a soulful song that many of us can relate to....
I am learning so much here....
Hoping all is good with you this Thanksgiving weekend...Angels once again are on the way ps