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Published on November 15th, 2019 | by Al Geiner

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A Look Into Country Music Artist Rob Georg

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Rob Georg is bringing Country Music to new Heights mixing   Country music with that Americana folk style infused with Rock!  Rob gives a very German take country Music, as his songs reveal it’s all about storytelling in a way to draw people in and let them experience the lyrics on a personal level. Rob finds  a way to connect to those who hear his music. He vocal and guitar talents have av Keith Urban-esque appeal, even if you’re not a huge country music fan you’ll be taken in. Rob not only puts out country music that will draw you in but he lives the life, a former equestrian athlete he lives with his 9 dogs, 50 sheep, a herd of Angus cattle and 2 dozen horses at last count.

Rob is set to release a brand new song for the Holiday Season. A song that tugs on the heartstrings like many do this time of year and harkens back to some of the great happy holiday tunes that were put out during WW2,  “When I Make It Home For Christmas” is undoubtly to become a timeless Holiday Classic~!   Look for it to be released just in time for the Holiday Season

 

What first got you into music?

Music also has been a huge part throughout my whole life!! At an age from 6 to 12 my parents made me learn to play the piano. I didn´t like the lessons much, since it was mostly classical music I had to play. Today I´m so grateful, they forced me to! I bought my first guitar at an age of 14, but never had lessons…all my guitar knowledge is self educated. Instead of watching TV, we, my wife, my daughter and I, did spend the many evenings singing. Sometimes we also sang some covers at family and friends events…

January 2018, just a few days after New Year, we received the message, our trainer and friend Dean lost his fight against cancer. This was the first time ever for me to get a pen in my hand and write a song to deal with the unexpected loss and death of a loved one. The name of the song: „Push That Horn“. Just one month later, on a cold february sunday, I found my good old Shorty dead on his paddock. He was absolutely fine in the morning when I fed him. The second unexpected loss in a very short time.

Since “Push That Horn“ helped me to deal with Dean Terry‘s death, I thought writing a song for Shorty could do the same for me! “Carry The Wind“ was actually the second song that I wrote in my life. In the end it was therapeutic, though I couldn‘t sing it the first weeks after I wrote it, cause it made me break down in tears every time I tried. I couldn´t get the picture of him laying there out of my head, so I left the ranch for a few weeks in march to Nashville, TN, to scratch one point off of my bucket list, which was vocal coaching in Nashville. I found vocal coach Kristin K. Smith´s website on the internet and booked daily lessons for 2 weeks. During the coaching lessons, I sang covers. Three days before my departure Kristin asked me, if I also write songs myself. So I sang „Push That Horn“ and after the last tone she said: „That song has to be on radio!“ Today, she´s my producer and Co-Writer. After the debut single and release of „Push That Horn“ I wrote more songs last summer, of which we recorded 10 in November 2018 in Nashville, TN. Five more followed in April 2019. Meanwhile 8 of the songs are available on all digital platforms like ITunes Spotfy, Deezer, etc.

 

Who inspired you to make music? To get professional with my music, it was my vocal coach Kristin K. Smith, she is my Co-Writer and Producer meanwhile.

How would you describe the music that you typically create? I am trying to not cover just only one style of Country Music, like e.g. Country Rock, but have a variety of styles, also some of songs are typical traditional Country Songs. I try to be as inspirational as it can get in my songwriting, sharing my music with as many people as possible, hoping to make their lives a little better for a moment and helping them to think a little bigger and to follow their dreams.

What is your creative process like? Usually the lyrics come first. Sometimes it’s the title, sometimes it’s the chorus or one or two lines coming into my mind. Then I just keep working from there. I’m recording my ideas or writing them down as soon as they come into my mind, which can be in the car, while working horses and dogs or right after going to bed.
My biggest fear is always the deadline. Songwriting has a lot to do with feelings and creativity, which both are two things you can’t rush. It somehow always worked out for me, even when I was under pressure. But sure I love it when the lyrics just “pop-up” in the most unexpected moments.
When I have the lyrics ready, I would sit down with my guitar and just start singing. I’m doing a voice memo of that first tries so I can always check back how I did this and that.

Who would you most like to collaborate with?

For sure my big inspiration and idol Kenny Rogers.

If you could go open a show for any artist who would it be?

Again, it would be Kenny Rogers.

What is one message you would give to your fans?

Without my fans, my music would not be heard! Music which is not heard is like it would not even exist. My fans make me and my music exist! And I am more than grateful for it.

Do you sing in the shower? What songs? 

Yes, I do. Mostly songs that I am working on at the moment.

What would you be doing right now, if it wasn’t for your music career?

I would still train Cutting Horses and their riders. I did compete in the Western discipline of Cutting for over 10 years on a professional level and trained people and horses.

Where have you performed? What are your favourite and least favourite venues? Do you have any upcoming shows? 

I performed a lot this year, too many gigs to list them here. The coolest gig was at the European Championship of Cattle Dogs in France, with over 600 people who were not the typical Country Music Audience. Most of them didn’t listen to Country Music at all. But I made them discover their Hilly Billy Bone. I loved all the venues I was honored to play at, so there’s no least favorite venue, since all of them giving us artists the possibility to get heard. Yes, I have a lot shows comin’ up, there will be e.g. the Western Experience in the Netherlands, which is the biggest Country Festival in Europe, or the International Country Music Meeting in Berlin, which is an Invitational for 96 handselected Country Music Artists from 32 Countries. One of the coolest gigs next year will be a Charity Event with 700 trucks, in each truck one seriously ill child, they will have a tour of 70 kilometer in a convoy, which will head to my stage. This will take place in May here in Germany.

How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business? 

On one hand it gives us artists a lot more possibilities to get our music heard and to generate fans, on the other hand the whole streaming market is still in the beginning and it’s pretty hard to make a living from stream generated money. 

What is your favourite song to perform?

My favorite song is my gig opener, which is not yet released yet, but I play it on my concerts. The title is Radio Cowboy and it describes my journey from being a Rodeo Cowboy to now being a Country Singer with songs on the radio, a “Radio Cowboy”. People go crazy when they here that song at my concerts. It will be the title song of my upcomin’ album which drops January 24th 2020.

Which famous musicians do you admire? 

Mostly Kenny Rogers, Willie Nelson and Dave Dudley, for my Southern Rock Songs Blackberry Smoke, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Bon Jovi.They are my personal inspirations.

What is the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into? 

I got kicked in the face by a foal, worst thing is, it was my own fault. I was in thoughts and didn”t read the signs the little filly was giving me. Lost all my front teeth that day.

What is the best advice you’ve been given?

Stay real and grounded. Be humble and kind.

If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?

I would rise the prices for streamin music, so that an artist could make a living from it. Less than a cent per stream is just a joke.

What’s next for you? 

My debut album release January 24th 2020 is the next huge milestone for me. It will have released and unreleased songs on it. 

How important is the current climate crisis to you and how do you think  you could help?

My generation helped a lot, we came up with new technologies in the last 20 years in every industry. We reached a pretty high standard by making existing technologies cleaner and cleaner. I myself, in my first job, was part of team which developed a new disinfectant, highly effective, not harmful and biodegradable, which set a new standard in that special industry. The Friday For Future generation should better go to school on fridays to be able to hold up that legacy and to come up with even better technologies in future. Demonstrating for the cost of education is not a solution.

 

Checkout His Social links

Social Media Links:
Web: www.rob-georg-music.com
FB: www.facebook.com/robgeorgmusic
IG: www.instagram.com/rob.georg
Twitter: www.twitter.com/georg_rob
Youtube: www.youtube.com/c/robgeorgmusic
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/5TAqfumFfX6byVkerFR4E4
Itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/artist/rob-georg/1404108169


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