Hailing from Lubbock, TX, TexWestus have set out to carve their own path in the country music scene by mixing the twang of traditional country, lush harmonies, and the guitar-driven energy of rock-n-roll.
We caught up with the duo during the annual Country Radio Seminar last week to chat about new music, plans for this year and more!
How have you found the last year, from an artist’s perspective? We’ve all been hit hard by the pandemic, but it’s been particularly difficult for musicians. Have you been doing many Zoom writes?
The last year has been extremely difficult as artists – there’s really only one way to make any money, and that’s by doing live shows. All of our shows got taken away, so we had to get creative! We really started writing a ton this year, and zoom has been a Godsend! We have gotten connected with so many amazing writers that, without zoom, we wouldn’t be able to work with. We take last year as a blessing in disguise.
For anyone here in the UK who maybe isn’t too familiar with you and your background, tell us about your path into country music and how it all started for you?
Chloe grew up on country music, some of her favorites include Martina McBride, Patsy Cline, Keith Whitely, and George Strait. It was a staple in her household then as it still is now! Corbin didn’t discover country music until he was beginning to play lead guitar for some country bands here in Texas. He grew up on 80’s rock/hair metal, loving artists such as Van Halen, Def Leppard, Whitesnake, and Ozzy Osbourne. After getting familiar with the Country genre, he fell in love with artists like Trace Adkins, Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton, and Eric Church, he knew where he was meant to be musically.
We’d love to delve into your writing style – where do you typically get your inspiration from when you go into a writing session? Do you prefer solo writes or co-writes?
We find inspiration from everywhere! We are just thankful to be on God’s green earth, and if we look, we can find inspiration almost anywhere. Sometimes it takes certain circumstances in life to bring out the inspiration we otherwise many not see clearly at a given time. A lot of times, we have one line or phrase and build a story/song around it. Other times a write may be driven by a specific melody that Corbin got stuck in his head… it always seems to happen differently.
We try not to get too stuck in one “method” of songwriting. As far as solo vs co-writes, we like both! We just discovered the art of co-writing this year, and we do it pretty often now! It is interesting how writing with different people brings out a different character in the song. With some people we always seem to write great songs with, and others, we just don’t gel with and may not get a great song.
Can you tell us about any new music you have coming up on the horizon?
We just released a new single, Lonestar, on February 12th. We wrote that song about our experiences with the Texas Music Scene – it’s kind of our “Girl in a Country Song” to the TMS.
We have more new music to look forward to this summer! This project is our 2020 Quarantine EP – when we couldn’t play shows, we decided to make a new project! God blessed us with some amazing opportunities. We started co-writing and got hooked up with an amazing producer in Nashville, and we recorded this project with some of Nashville’s best and most notorious musicians! We’re really excited about and proud of it!
As tricky as it is to look ahead at the moment, what achievements do you hope to fulfil in 2021?
Right now we are working to get ourselves out there as much as possible and in the most successful way possible. Of course our biggest desire is to actually travel and play shows, but if we can just build our internet audience pretty significantly, we’ll call it a successful year! This year we want to have many shows paired with significant artists, and even a tour with a big artist. We just want to spread our music to as many people as humanly possible, and sometimes the best way to do that is to just play in front of as many people as you can find!
As we’re based in the UK, we have to ask if you’d be interested in testing out the international country market at some point? The genre is growing very fast in Europe, and we’d love to welcome you across the pond!
WE WOULD LOVE THAT! Seriously, that would be a dream! Let’s do it! Heck we could even book a European tour.