Interview: Randy Houser Is In ‘A Whole Different Place’ After Two No. 1 Hits
All this week, Radio.com is taking a Country Jet Set Tour of the American South, traveling to seven cities to see seven different artists in seven consecutive days. And this isn’t any ordinary road trip either, as we’re traveling by private jet! Below is our third installment. Stay tuned for daily updates.
Day Three: Charleston, South Carolina
Randy Houser, it turns out, is a funny guy. Before his show at the Music Farm in Charleston, South Carolina last night (Oct. 23), he proved friendly, relaxed, at times self-effacing (“I’m trying not to screw it up” he said at one point about his current success), and definitely not afraid to goof around. Witness, for instance, the picture (above), shot upstairs in the club’s Green Room. Or the fact that he’s well known for his laugh.
Houser’s big wide grin and easygoing personality translated well in concert, too. At the Music Farm, he took the stage with a full band in tow and, busting straight into a rowdy version of his song “Sunshine on the Line,” quickly had the sold-out crowd screaming, hands in the air nearly the entire night.
That level of enthusiasm makes sense, as Houser has had two back-to-back No. 1 hits this year, “How Country Feels” and most recently “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight.” Both are from his third studio album How Country Feels, released this past January.
As you might imagine, from a career perspective the last year has been huge for the Mississippi native.
“We’ve had an awesome year,” Houser told Radio.com during an interview in Charleston. “Mostly, a lot of things fell into place.”
See, that’s where the self-effacing business comes into play. Still, he is experienced enough to know that the level of success that he’s now experiencing doesn’t happen by working alone.
“I think we just found the right people to work with,” Houser continued. “I have to give so much credit to my record label Stoney Creek, and the team I have around me, my producer Derek George. My band. The biggest thing is, somehow, I guess somebody prayed a lot or something [laughs], but I’ve been able to surround myself with good people who actually believe in what I’m doing. We’ve had people who just stuck their necks out. I’ve just got a ton of support. It’s been awesome.”
And having been in the music business for over a decade now, he also has perspective. “I’ve seen it without [that level of support], it’s completely different. I’m very thankful.”
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