Something great about Country Music Life is the opportunity we get to learn a little about new country artists.
Tim Culpepper is a new artist in the sense that he’s just getting noticed on the mainstream level of the business. But in a different sense Tim has been around for quite a few years. In fact, Tim has been involved in the music business since he was born. His dad was a country entertainer and Tim was naturally drawn to the craft as well. He learned how to play and sing and before long he was in the country clubs playing his own shows.
After kicking around the scene for years Tim finally found the break he needed just a short time ago. Now he’s ready to bring his music to the country fans out there.
Here is a look at Tim Culpepper, the new traditional country singer.
Tim Culpepper – New Country Traditionalist
Share a little about your personal history. What led you toward the road of country music artist?
As far back as I can remember I’ve always been drawn to Country Music. I guess you could say I’ve had the burn from birth and it sure didn’t hurt that my main influence, my Dad, was a country music entertainer himself. From about the age of 9 yrs old, I was asking my dad to teach me how to play the guitar and by my teens I was playing honkytonks in Montgomery, Alabama. After the passing of my father it was time to take it to the Row. Music Row, that is. I made the trip to Nashville in 2005 and proceeded to beat the doors by day and play in the honkytonks at night with the hope of surviving just long enough that the music industry would take notice and give me a shot. Then 2 ½ years ago, it just so happened I was discovered while playing in a honkytonk on lower broadway in downtown Nashville, which led to my first album and single release, Ghost.
Who are the artists that inspire your music?
My Dad, George Jones, Gene Watson, Keith Whitley, Randy Travis and George Strait.
How would you describe your music?
I would describe my music as Organic Country. In other words, I write and sing what I know and I’m just like anyone else out there… living the life.
There is a definite traditional sound in your songs. Do you feel there is a niche for your kind of music in today’s country landscape?
Oh Absolutely. I read an article a few months back that stated that there are more than 93 million people in the United States alone who are fans of country music. So I guess, out of those 93 million, my niche would be all those who can relate to punching the clock just to barely get by, leavin, lovin, cheatin, hurtin, and honkytonkin.
What music and artists do you listen to today?
These days I don’t have as much time to discover new artists but with what little time I do get to enjoy listening to music I’m still wearing out my “Sticks and Stones” album by Tracy Lawrence, my “Too Cold at Home” album by Mark Chesnutt, my “Killing Time” album by Clint Black, and my “No Fences” album by Garth Brooks.
What are your days like today compared to just a few years ago?
22 hrs a day, 7 days a week, doing what I love … making music.
What is something your fans can expect from your songs both on record and in the live show experience?
For the record, Just consistent, honest country music,, and as far as the live performance, It’s important to me that folks feel they’ve got their money’s worth.
Now, what is something, non-music related, that your fans would find interesting about you?
I’m a Huge History buff in the sense that I collect old newspapers and magazines. In fact, one of my prize possessions is the actual newspaper announcing Elvis’ death in 1977.