The Feature Artist in this interview is Adam Webb with "The Hollerboys"(Adam Webb -Vocals/Guitar,Larry Webb -Bass, Paul Mayberry Jr.-Lead Guitar, and Seth Hudson-Drums).There will also be questions for the band
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Country Music Explosion:Thanks for doing this interview with us here at Country Music Explosion

Adam Webb:Thank you for this, we are extremely excited to be apart of your online magazine.
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Country Music Explosion:When did you start writing about music—and what or who were your early passions and influences?

Adam Webb:I actually grew up playing in church and starting writing Christian rock songs when I was 18. My passion in life has always been music growing up. I feel there is literally a song for every emotion or time in your life and when you look back at certain times in my life I actually can remember what song was on the radio or what song I had listened to during a life experience. I then discovered country music artists like Eric Church and Jason Aldean and loved their style of music, which inspired me to start writing country songs when I was around the age of 22.
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Country Music Explosion:What are your main impulses to write music?

Adam Webb:My main impulses in writing music are pretty much everyday life experiences. I try to write about something that people can relate to and understand where I am coming from. There are times where I may be driving and just randomly think of something and then 5 minutes later I’m working on lyrics for a new song in my head.
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Country Music Explosion:What do you personally consider to be the incisive moments and pieces in your songwriting and/or career?

Adam Webb:I would say the most incisive moments and pieces of my songs are matching the mood of the music with the lyrics. Sometimes the hardest part of putting a song together is making sure the music helps set the mood of the lyrics. For example if I am writing a song about a fun time or a party the music should be happy and exciting or if the song is about love then the music needs to be smooth and graceful.
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Country Music Explosion:How would you describe and rate the music scene of the city/state you are currently living in and how important is it in terms of what you're actually writing about?

Adam Webb:There are a lot of great bands in our area. I have gotten to know a lot of the different bands in the area over the years and there are a lot of talented and hard working musicians that play a lot of the same venues that we play. I would say Country music is the most popular music in our area and I feel that way because it relates to a lot of peoples’ everyday lives. That has an effect of the lyrics that I put in my songs because I do my best to write songs that people relate to.
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Country Music Explosion:When it comes to song writing, what are your criteria for quality? What are currently your main challenges and ambitions as a writer?

Adam Webb:I feel the number one criteria for quality when I write a song is, would I like it if someone else sang and wrote it. I personally am very picky about songs we play out or are recording on our album because I want the songs to be the best possible songs that we have. I have written a ton of songs that we don’t play out or never use and I couldn’t tell you where they were or remember them, but when a good one comes along I make sure that I have audio of it and the words are saved.My ambitions as a writer are to just keep writing and getting better. I do not want to be a one hit wonder. I feel that if a song turns out awesome, then that just means the next good song is going to be that much harder to write, which could be the biggest challenge as a writer.
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Country Music Explosion:What do you usually start with when working on a new Music?

Adam Webb:I usually start with lyrics when working on new music. I try to have at least a one verse and a chorus before I start putting music to it, but there are also times where I make something up on the guitar that I really like and then put the lyrics to it later.
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Country Music Explosion:Tell us a bit about the selection process for deciding on what to write about, please. What sources will you draw from for research purposes and how much time goes into research, information gathering and fact-checking in general?

Adam Webb:My goal is to write about everyday life experiences. When writing about everyday experiences it makes it a little easier to write without a lot of research because I am already writing about something I know and live every day. For example, we have a love song called “I’d Rather Have You,” in that song it is basically a love song put into hunting terms. The song has references to duck hunting, deer hunting, and turkey hunting and I tie the beauty of the animals into the beauty of love and a woman. I also enjoy that song because hunting is not about just killing and eating the animal, when you watch animals in their habitat it is one of the most beautiful and amazing things you could every imaging and I’m sure there a lot of hunters out there that would agree.
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Country Music Explosion:How do you see the role of a song writer in the creative process? Should it amplify public taste, distinguish the good from the bad, inform, promote artists, or, “illuminate, educate and entertain” fans? Do you feel that, as part of your work, music needs to be explained or should it retain its “inexplicable nature”?

Adam Webb:I believe music is all about emotion. I feel a song writer should write lyrics that help people feel what they are trying to say, whether it is happy, sad, mad, or sexy. I feel that if a song is good in the public taste then that’s because they can relate or feel what the writer is trying to say. I like it if the music is not fully explained and I honestly get excited at times when I listen to a song multiple times and hear different things I didn’t notice before.
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Country Music Explosion:In which way does writing and reading about music change the way it is perceived by the public?

Adam Webb:I feel like if people read and write about the music it helps give more of a background. If people just listen to the music and that’s it then they don’t always get the back story of why the artist wrote a certain song. It helps people better understand an artist if they read about their life and maybe relate to the artist even more if they know the back story to a song.
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Country Music Explosion:Whom do you feel your obligation is to other artists and the fans,not writing for a publication ? In how much do you feel is songwriting restricted by external factors?

Adam Webb:I feel like my obligations are to write music that the fans will enjoy and stay true to who I am as an artist. My songs are based on my life’s experiences and I can’t really change who I am and where I came from so I am going to do my best to stay true to who I am. I will say the restrictions on songwriting can become stressful at times. The radio wants you to keep your songs around 3 to 3 and a half minutes, which is not a long time to write a song telling a story, but radio time is like gold so you have to try your best to meet the criteria if you want to make it in the business.
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Country Music Explosion:song writing have changed considerably over the past century. What, do you feel, could – or should - be new forms and formats for song writing?

Adam Webb:I think maybe the song structures could change a little by not just being 2 versus a chorus and a bridge on every single song, but there are some artists out there that push that envelope and I love it!
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Country Music Explosion:Music-sharing sites and blogs as well as a flood of releases in general are presenting both listeners and artists with challenging questions. What's your view on the value of music today?

Adam Webb:Everybody wants to make it big, but big is a very generic term. Big to some people is being number one, and to some people big is just being on the radio. My definition would be just being able to play music for a living and being able to support my family. My view on the value of music is people still need to keep writing amazing songs and trying their best to make it because there are so many great artists out there that are not known and never will be known but their songs may have a huge effect on just 1 person and that’s what music is all about.
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Country Music Explosion:When and why did you start playing Music and/or songwriting?

Adam Webb:I started playing music when I was a little kid in church and I have played since then. When I was 11 I was in a church service and it was about what your calling is in life and it was probably the closest feeling of actually hearing God speak and I have known since then that my number one calling in life is music and I have been working hard since that day to make it happen.
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Country Music Explosion:Which instruments do you play?

Adam Webb:I play the guitar and I actually played the trumpet from 6th grade to 12th grade in school.
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Country Music Explosion:What was the first tune(s) you learned?

Adam Webb:The very first tune that I learned that I remember on the guitar was by a Christian rock band called Audio Adrenaline. The song was called “Underdog” I don’t know how I remember that but there isn’t a lot about music growing up that I don’t remember because it has had such a huge influence on my life.
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Country Music Explosion:Is your family musical?

Adam Webb:My family is actually very musical. My dad Larry Webb plays bass in our band called The Hollerboys and he can also play the guitar and is the one who helped me get started. My brother Tyler Webb actually plays the guitar and sings, can play the drums, and was the original singer in our band, but due to his job he was no longer able to keep playing. My grandpa Mayberry also plays the guitar and I remember listening to him sing and play to me and my brother growing up when we were little. Paul Mayberry Jr. my cousin is also in the band and he is our lead guitar player and works in his grandpa’s music store “Mayberry Music.” His dad actually teaches guitar lessons and his grandpa Floyd has had Mayberry Music for years and it is a very popular music store in our area people come from all over to buy guitars and music equipment there, even an occasional famous person. Also now that I am married my wife has a great ear for music and she will straight up tell me if I play something wrong or sing a bad note and does a really good job pushing me every show to make me better and I love that about her.
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Country Music Explosion:Describe your family member's musical interests and abilities.

Adam Webb:My family just enjoys music in general. I feel like we all listen to different types of music and it doesn’t matter what genre as long as its good music. My wife and I literally rock out every day in the car to all types of music.
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Country Music Explosion:Which famous musicians do you admire? Why?

Adam Webb:I admire Brad Paisley and Keith Urban for their guitar skills they are extremely good musicians.
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Country Music Explosion:Which famous musicians have you learned from?

Adam Webb:I have learned from a lot of famous musicians. Pretty much any musician on country music radio because they have all helped to mold the type of music I write and enjoy playing.
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Country Music Explosion:Do you play any instruments,if so which ones?

Adam Webb:I play the guitar.
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Country Music Explosion:What are your fondest musical memories? In your house? In your neighborhood or town?

Adam Webb:I would say my fondest memories are just hanging out at home with my dad and brother jamming, me and my brother actually shared a bedroom growing up so that we could have a music room until we got old enough to date of course.
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Country Music Explosion:Were you influenced by old records & tapes? Which ones?

Adam Webb:I was influenced by a lot of records. Christian rock bands like Skillet, POD, Disciple, and Red. Also country artists like Brantley Gilbert, Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan, and Eric Church.
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Country Music Explosion:Who are your favorite musicians? Groups? CD's?

Adam Webb:One of my favorite I would say right now is Thomas Rhett. I have a huge respect for artists that have made it big and write a lot of their own music. The same goes for Chris Stapleton he is an amazing writer and artist and I am a big fan.
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Country Music Explosion:Have you been in competitions? Any prizes?

Adam Webb:I actually finished 2nd in the country show down in our area last year, but that is the only competition that I can remember entering.
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Country Music Explosion:Do you perform in public? Describe those occasions? Concerts, radio, TV.online?

Adam Webb:I actually perform in public almost every weekend with my band “The Hollerboys” We play around Southern Illinois and Southeast Missouri a lot and we actually just booked a show in October at the Opry Mall in Nashville and I hope to meet a lot of people while there.
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Country Music Explosion:Are you in a band or a solo artist,if your in a band,what is the name of it

Adam Webb:I am in a band called The Hollerboys and we have been playing since 2013.
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Country Music Explosion:How do you handle mistakes during a performance?

Adam Webb:We play 4 hour shows a lot and it is nearly impossible not to mess up at least once or twice in 4 hours but we just look at each other and smile like we are having a great time, but we are really teasing each other and laughing at the person who messed up. We always have each other’s back though if one person messes up we all go with the flow and save it.
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Country Music Explosion:Do you get nervous before a performance or a competition?

Adam Webb:There are times when I get nervous and its usually just setting up before because we want the sound to be perfect and the night to go as smooth as possible.
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Country Music Explosion:What advice would you give to beginners who are nervous?

Adam Webb:You are as good as you want to be. Don’t be too nervous because it will affect your abilities. Stay confident and know that you are there because you have spent hours practicing and just have fun. If you have fun then the crowd will have fun.
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Country Music Explosion:Do you attend sessions? What makes a good session?

Adam Webb:The only sessions that I attend really are with my producer at Blue Creek Productions and that is going over how we want a song to turn out and what instruments we are wanting to include. Blue Creek has been a blessing for our band and they are working with us to help us push to that next level and we appreciate everything they are doing for us.
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Country Music Explosion:How often and for how long do you practice?

Adam Webb:I practice maybe once a week if I get time, but when I was younger I literally played from the time I got home from school until bed time some nights with my brother.
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Country Music Explosion:What do you practice - exercises, new tunes, hard tunes, etc.?

Adam Webb:A lot of times I practice new songs so that I will have the lyrics down before the next show.
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Country Music Explosion:How do you balance your music with other obligations - friends,family, job?

Adam Webb:The band members all work days Monday through Friday which works out great. If we have to practice we practice in the evening and then play shows on Friday and Saturday mostly so that we have Sunday to recover before another week. Our families are very supportive of our music and our wives always come to the shows so it keeps the stress level down and we are still able to spend time with our spouses.
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Country Music Explosion:Are you currently looking to be signed to a label?If you are already signedcan you give us a little insight on how you see the way things are done?is it like a big family?

Adam Webb:I would love to be signed by a label. We are doing our best right now to try and run our band like a business we put everything we make back into the band and we are currently recording our debut album that will have 13 songs on it. We also have released a music video called “Cow Tipsy.” This August we will also be releasing another single called “Dip” and making another music video in the fall for a song called “Fast Lane Fantasy.”
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Country Music Explosion:Do you have any new releases coming out soon?if so,what is the name of the song and is it available now for pre-order?

Adam Webb:We have a new release our second single called “Dip” and it is about skinny dipping. It will be available on iTunes, google play, cd baby, spotify and just about anywhere you can get music.
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Country Music Explosion:Where can your music be purchased?

Adam Webb:Our music can be purchased online on Google Play, Spotify, iTunes, CD Baby, and pretty much anywhere you can buy music. You can also go to our website www.thehollerboys.com
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Country Music Explosion:Do you have social media accounts where fans can reach out to you?if so,what is the URL for them?

Adam Webb:You can actually go to our band website http://www.thehollerboys.com/ and it will link you to our facebook, twitter, instagram, and youtube.
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Country Music Explosion:Are you currently doing gigs?if so where?

Adam Webb:We have a lot of gigs coming up. You can find our tour dates on our website at http://www.thehollerboys.com/
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Country Music Explosion:When it comes to your music,Do you have one that You're most proud of?If so what is the name of it?

Adam Webb:Actually the one that I am most proud of right now is called “Fast Lane Fantasy,” We are working with Blue Creek Productions on our album and we are currently recording it. We will also be working with Blue Creek Productions to make a video for the song and I cannot wait to make the video it is going to be fun!
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Country Music Explosion:Can you tell us if there is a story behind the song?

Adam Webb:The song is about a guy taking a girl home late at night and basically he gets to her driveway and then things heat up and they keep on driving and hit the fast lane. I got the idea actually from when I was dating my wife and it seemed like every night we would hang out and it was time to take her home we would end up not going there and she would end up at my place. She will probably be blushing as she reads this.
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Country Music Explosion:Which of your song's do you feel most people can relate to?Can you tell us the story behind the song

Adam Webb:I feel like the song that I have that most people can relate to would be “How Love Feels.” I wrote it at a very lonely time in my life and just honestly wanted someone to love. I feel like there is always a point in someone’s life where they don’t feel they can find the love that they want and the song is about a guy telling a girl to just let down her guard and let him show her how love really feels.
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Band Questions

Country Music Explosion:How long have you guys been in a band together?

The Hollerboys:We have been a band since 2013
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Country Music Explosion:What are some bands that inspire you?

The Hollerboys:LoCash Cowboys, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Brett Eldredge and many others.
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Country Music Explosion:What would you classify your music as?

The Hollerboys:Our music would be classified as Country Rock. We have country lyrics and music but we add a rock sound to it and just enjoy rocking it up and having a good time.
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Country Music Explosion:What message are you trying to send with your music?

The Hollerboys:We try to relate to people in everyday life and keep a positive message and let people know it’s okay sometimes to just let loose and have fun.
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Country Music Explosion:What age group is your music aimed towards?

The Hollerboys:I would say all ages. People from all ages from the country will have a good understanding of what we are singing about and will be able to relate to our songs.
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Country Music Explosion:What genre of music do you consider your work to be? Who are your major influences?

The Hollerboys:Our genre would be New Country. Our major influences are artists like Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Brett Eldredge, Thomas Rhett, Chris Stapleton, and many other. We just love country music all together.
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Country Music Explosion:What are your songs about? (What specific themes do they cover?)

The Hollerboys:We are always doing things outdoors. Our music themes try to stick to everyday things that we experience. Our fist single was called “Cow Tipsy” Everyone knows what Cow Tipping is and has wanted to try it but we twisted it into a guy taking a girl to party, having a few drinks, going Cow Tipping, and then getting Cow Tipsy. Also we have our next song being released on August 27th called “Dip” and its about a guy and a girl fishing and basically dropping their clothes and going skinny dipping. We have some serious songs we have love songs as well. We try to include life, love, and happiness in our music!
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Country Music Explosion:What image do you think your music conveys?

The Hollerboys:We would like our image to be your everyday hard working American living the country life, because that’s truly who we are and what we want to represent with our music. We love to hunt, fish, hang out with friends and family and just have a good time and we try to represent that not only in our lyrics but in our music as well.
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Country Music Explosion:Where have you performed? What are your favorite and least favorite venues? Do you have any upcoming shows?

The Hollerboys:We have performed at festivals, fairs, and countless benefits and bars. One of our favorite Venues is Rhymer’s Bar in Cape Girardeau MO they really love to dance and have a great time and we have been playing there a couple times a year since the beginning and there is never a dull moment. We have a lot of upcoming shows from now until the end of the year you can see our tour dates on our band website http://www.thehollerboys.com/ We don’t have any least favorite venues we appreciate every place we get to play.
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Country Music Explosion:How long have you all known each other? How did you meet?

The Hollerboys:We have known each other pretty much our whole lives. Adam Webb is our singer and his dad Larry Webb is the bass player. Paul Mayberry Jr. is the lead guitar player and his is Adam and Larry’s second cousin. Seth Hudson the drummer actually grew up and went to school with Adam Webb and they were good friends before playing music together. Seth and Paul also played in a band for a few years before joining The Hollerboys. Seth is pretty much like family he was in Adam’s wedding and Adam was in his wedding.
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Country Music Explosion:When did you form your band? What inspired you to make music together?

The Hollerboys:We formed the band in 2013 we all had the same taste in music and style and knew what kind of band that we wanted to be and it pretty much just meshed from there and we are all working for the same goal and that is to be known all over the world as “The Hollerboys.” We got the name from growing up in Euby Damn Holler outside of Jonesboro Illinois. If you would go into town and someone would ask where you were from and you would say Euby Damn Holler and their response would be “o you’re a hollerboy” so we were already known as hollerboys so we just made that our band name as well.
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Country Music Explosion:Who writes your songs? What are the main themes or topics for most of your songs? Do you think these topics will change over time?

The Hollerboys:Our topics are about love, partying, being outdoors and everyday life. I would say that our themes will always remain the same because they are about who we are and where we grew up and you can’t change that.
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Country Music Explosion:What are your rehearsals generally like? Do you have a set time each week in which you practice or are rehearsals more spontaneous?

The Hollerboys:We try to practice at least once or twice a month to learn new songs or work on new originals. We keep good communication because are not only family but best friends so we know everyone’s schedule and try to practice in the evening when it convenient. We have been spending a lot of time at Blue Creek Productions when we are not playing shows and working on our debut album. Blue Creek is amazing and they have made us better as a band just by going there.
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Country Music Explosion:What has been your biggest challenge as a band? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?

The Hollerboys:Our biggest challenge was when my brother Tyler had to quit the band. He was our singer at the time and when he quit it was like starting all over. Adam Tyler and Larry being father and sons had played their whole lives so it was hard to overcome not having Tyler there, but he still supports the guys and will always be a Hollerboy that’s who we are and always will be music or no music.
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Country Music Explosion:What advice do you have for people who want to form their own bands?

The Hollerboys:Find people that you love and you can get along with because a band is like a family we just got lucky and have a band that is literally family. We would say find people with the same taste in music and just go with the flow and it if works out and meshes you will know if it’s meant to be or not. Also remember to stay humble because there are a lot of other bands out there that are amazing, just be good at what you do and don’t try to be like others.
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This Concludes the interview,We hope you enjoyed it.