Fresh Finds: Big 50
Big 50 can be known for their Honky Tonk style music that sounds like they stepped back in time with George Strait. The music they’re releasing and playing sounds like it comes straight from a jukebox at your favorite bar. Join us today in reading all about Big 50's journey so far and why they're apart of our Fresh Finds.
Brief Background of yourself as an artist, what has changed in the past year?
Big 50 consists of Jake Gunter and myself (Andrew Gaultier). Jake got his start in the bluegrass world in Knoxville, and I spent the first decade of my music career touring with rock and metal bands. I grew up in honky tonk bars back home in Louisiana watching my dad's band play as a kid and always wanted to start a country band of my own. After Covid halted the touring industry, I figured it would be the right time to step away from the metal music world and start the band that I had been wanting to put together all those years before.
Where are you based out of?
We are from Baton Rouge, LA originally and are now based out of Nashville.
What are you planning on releasing this year?
We are currently in the studio recording our first full length album that will be available in August. After that we will be releasing a cover song that we have been wanting to do toward the end of the year. We released a single called "Move Along" back in early March.
Have you been co-writing with other writers?
We have! Everything we released thus far has all been written and produced by us, but we are currently diving into writing with other songwriters here in Nashville and have been having regular zoom writes with some writing friends from other states.
What was the process for writing and releasing your new music? Why did you pick your genre you play?
Jake and I have weekly writing sessions. I typically compose tracks of the music that we will come together and add lyrics/melodies to. We like to create an archive of music that we can sit on for a while and will usually pick our favorites to bring into the studio for releasing.
Growing up in the south, we were both raised on the 80s/90s country sound. Coming from the metal scene as well, I had been wanting to put together a band that took that honky tonk country sound and added a little bit of that rock aggression and upbeat tempo. That turned into Big 50.
Where have you been playing live music and planning to play this upcoming month?
We have really been hitting the songwriter round circuit here and frequent Whiskey Jam as well. We had a rad show at the 5 Spot recently, and have been playing shows down in Louisiana/Mississippi.
We've got live performances coming up with Nashville Tour Stop and Whiskey Jam here in town, as well as shows in Baton Rouge, LA next weekend and a weekend run in Illinois
What do you like most about your music career?
Getting to create music that I want to hear and getting to meet all of the other wildly talented songwriters and musicians in this city.
Why did you choose a career in the music industry? What are your long term goals?
I came from a family of musicians and got it honest from them. I started touring when I was 15, and decided pretty quickly that was what I wanted to keep doing.
Long term goals are to just always have a job playing music. We are wanting to take Big 50 as far as it can go, and our main goal is to make this the last job we ever need to have.
What is one song that would describe the soundtrack of your life?
Chasing That Neon Rainbow- Alan Jackson!