Happy New Music Monday y’all! This week we are so excited to introduce you to Truxton Mile! This is the first country group we have featured, and we cannot wait for you to love them as much as we do! Read on to learn about what inspires and excites this group that has been playing in our office all day!
Names: Taylor Unruh, age 24 (acoustic & electric guitar, banjo), Alec Olivieri, age 25 (acoustic & electric guitar, keys, backup vocals), Ryan Coulter, age 25 (acoustic guitar, lead vocals)
Hometowns: We’re all Bakersfield natives.
What artists have inspired you? Oh man, this is a tough one. Well, each one of us has our own set of influences. We share alot of the same ones of course, but for the most part, we each bring different styles and references to the table. We have a variety of idols across the genres, but some of our stronger inspirations (in no particular order) are: David Nail, Keith Urban, John Mayer, Ryan Adams, Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, the list just goes on and on.
How long have you been performing? As a group, we’ve been performing since 2010
Have you been signed by a record label? If so, which one, and when? No record label yet! We may even make our own label, and try to move our music that way. The music industry changes constantly, and new opportunities to network and share music are being created every day.
Any albums/singles out? Yes! We recently released our new album, “On My Way”, available on iTunes, Amazon, and Spotify! We released the album as any musician from Bakersfield should do: we sold out Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace, and payed homage to the Bakersfield greats with a night of good friends, and good music. Couldn’t have asked for a better way to kick something off.
What song of yours is a MUST LISTEN? We all have our own favorite, but give “So they Say” a listen, and maybe even “Play Me a Memory”, if you like a nice slow song.
Are you currently touring, or where can we see you in concert? We’re currently playing all around California. We plan to set up a college circuit this year, which will allow us to reach out to the open-minded, active country crowd we know and love. We keep all our sites updated with upcoming shows, as well as all kinds of other cool stuff.
What do you do for fun? We all have our weekend routines, but when we get together, it’s all about a good beer, an acoustic guitar, and a big group of friends. Can’t beat that.
Favorite cereal as a child and why? Lucky Charms. They’re magically delicious. -Taylor
What instrument do you wish you could play? I’ve always had a great respect for fiddle/mando players. It’s incredible how those small instruments have so much impact on a live band’s sound. I would say learning fiddle is definitely on the bucket list. -Alec
Tell us about a time you got in trouble as a kid: When I was about 9 years old I wanted to learn to golf so bad I took my dads clubs out of the garage and hit a couple golf balls off our front lawn down the street only for one of those to end up in a neighbor’s truck window. Pretty sure he still hasn’t forgotten about that. -Taylor
Where was the coolest venue you’ve ever played? We have played a lot of cool places over the years that we’ve been together. But we’d all have to say our favorite venue would be Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace in Bakersfield, CA. It’s like the country music Vatican this side of Nashville. It has so much history in it. The best of the best country acts have come through, and it’s always an honor to get on the stage that Buck built. Playing that stage will always be one of the greatest privileges we’ve ever had, no matter where we go in this industry.
Do any of your songs have surprising back stories? If so, what are you willing to divulge? All of our songs have songs have a girl behind their lyrics (of course), but we never use the girls’ real names. One one song in particular, “Annabelle”, was written about a completely fictitious girl. Strangely enough, even though she was fake, the song was still about her putting a guy through hell. Age-old story, right? -Alec
In your opinion, who has the most beautiful singing voice you’ve ever heard? There are some amazing singers out there. Especially in country music. I remember watching a YouTube video and I heard a guy sing the song, “Hallelujah.” I literally almost spit out the water I was drinking because I was not expecting this voice I heard to come out of the guy I was seeing. His name is Kurt Nilsen. Check him out! -Taylor
Most awkward/embarrassing moment: Probably watching my guitar come unhooked from my strap and crashing to the floor in the middle of a song. I since then invested in strap-locks like it’s going out of style. -Taylor
What singers/musical artists are you usually compared to? As a group, we’ve been compared to Eli Young Band, Cross Canadian Ragweed, bands like that. Individually, Ryan’s vocals have been compared to a Rascal Flatts-type sound on several occasions, and you can definitely hear Keith Urban in Taylor’s guitar styling, and John Mayer’s blues in Alec’s guitar licks.
This is a picture of Taylor (middle), Ethan Morris, the original drummer for Truxton Mile (on drums), and friend Tyler Sevedge (left electric) at their 8th grade graduation party. The hawaiian shirts are what set this picture off. Hahaha!
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