Cody Clayton Eagle Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show
Lamitschka: Music has many new fans throughout
Europe who may be hearing about you for the first time. How would you describe
yourself and the music you play to someone who has never seen or heard
Cody Clayton Eagle:I would describe myself as young, but full of
life experiences. I’ve spent the last few years traveling around
performing in the small hometown bar before I was even of age to be in one, to
packed venues and festivals. I love different genres of music and perform
anything from classic rock to my passion, which is country music. Several
of the songs I have written have been inspired by people I have met in my
travels. I don’t want to just write a song, I want people to really feel
the meaning behind the songs I write and really be able to relate and have a
connection to what I am doing.
Lamitschka: Do you have any interesting stories
about how fans have been affected by your music?
Cody Clayton Eagle: My newest release “This One’s On Me”
is a really special song to me as I wrote it for someone I know personally and
have seen first hand the sacrifices. I have performed “This One’s On
Me” at a lot of different venues. There are always a few service
members and/or veterans in the crowd. When they hear this song it really
strikes a chord with them. I didn’t write it as a tear jerker, but I have
found it really brings out a lot of emotions and people really relate to the
Lamitschka: Who inspires you
musically and how deep do your musical roots run?
Clayton Eagle:I could say I’m really inspired by this legendary country star so
and so, but then I would be lying. The truth is, I’m into artists like
Chris Stapleton, Luke Combs and Morgan Wallen. The songs they write and
perform really have a lot of meaning behind them. They are great artists
and they inspire me to want to write songs that people can relate to.
Music was never big in my family. I
can’t say I come from a long line of singers/songwriters. I actually
picked up a guitar when I was 8 years old after I was in a wheelchair for a
time and I just never put it down. About 3 years ago someone asked me to
sing and now they can’t shut me up.
Lamitschka: As an artist, you so many tasks such as
recording, touring, interviews. What do you like best, what’s your favorite
Cody Clayton Eagle:Touring is at the top of the list. I
love performing and I love meeting new people. Recording would be a close
second. There is nothing better than being in a recording studio and
hearing what you have on paper really come to life.
Lamitschka: What inspired you to become a
Cody Clayton Eagle:When I first started performing, I was solely
a cover only performer. I started performing at 15 in any bar that would
have me. I met a lot of people from all walks and stages in their
lives. I found their stories and their life experiences
intriguing. When I first started writing, people questioned how I
could possibly write about experiences that were beyond my years. Writing to me
is an art of telling a story that might not be my own.
Lamitschka:What can your fans expect to see when they
see you in concert?
Cody Clayton Eagle:When I come out on the stage, I’m doing what I
love. I don’t care if there is 1 person or 50,000. When you are
doing what you love, you put every ounce of effort into every show and that’s
what I do. One of my newest songs is called “Here We Go.” I
begin most of my shows with this song and it’s about one heck of a show you are
about to receive.
Lamitschka: Is there any place you haven’t played
that you would like to?
Cody Clayton Eagle:While the Grand Ole Opry is right up there on
my list, I think I would have to go with the Red Rock Park in Colorado.
The venue is amazing and the views are breathtaking.
Lamitschka: What’s your favorite song that you wish
you could have recorded?
Cody Clayton Eagle:There are so many great songs out there, I
would have to say “When It Rains It Pours.” The song has a great beat
and energy. It’s always a crowd pleaser.
Lamitschka: When you’re on tour, do you have time to
Cody Clayton Eagle:Yes I do. Just about every place has a
local favorite fishing spot and I’m going to find it. I also like to
scope out the best mom and pop diners, they are guaranteed to beat the old
drive-thru any day.
Lamitschka:What message would you like to send your
Cody Clayton Eagle:I’m excited to be breaking ground in Europe
and I can’t wait to meet you all when I make my first stops there. There
is nothing better than meeting new people and learning new cultures all while
being brought together by music.