What is your name?
What is your genre of music?
Give us a little bio about you.
Stu Basham, aka “Captain Country” is not your typical country guy. Raised in Oregon, Stu was surrounded by mountains instead of farms, sipped craft beer instead of whiskey, and drove an old Subaru dubbed the “Stubaru” instead of a pickup truck. Basham was on his way to becoming a commercial pilot, but got tired of working on his “backup plan” and went to pursue his passion for songwriting and performing. The long journey took him to Denver, Colorado, as well as New York City, and now his wheels have touched down in Nashville. After writing pop songs for most of his life, his country-loving wife turned him on to Rascal Flatts and many other country artists. He was hooked and continued to delve deeper into the genre, finding new inspiration in artists like Luke Combs, Zac Brown Band, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, and Old Dominion. His older brother shared Dave Matthews Band with him as a kid and Basham has since mixed that influence with a modern country sound, creating a unique take on country, rock, and jam band music with a heavy focus on lyrics, a staple of the Nashville songwriting scene. He’s been featured in publications like The Nash News, All Country News, Outside the Circle podcast and many more. While being recognized as a One to Watch by NSAI, he’s been added to several popular country playlists in the genre. Stu will be following up on his momentum from 2022 and continuing to release new singles each month in 2023.
What made you go into music?
The love of creating something out of nothing. It’s my favorite artform that allows me to express myself.
Who are your influences?
Dave Matthews Band, Old Dominion, Luke Combs, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line
Are you a signed?
You released your new single ‘Spring Break, tell us more about the single and the meaning behind the song.
This was a song I started writing back in 2019 but it wasn’t quite where I wanted it to be. It was actually called “Spring Break Heartache” until a few months ago when I revisited the song and pretty much rewrote everything. I was thinking about a the concept of a heart break over spring break and the words just fell into my head “Nothing breaks your heart like a Spring Break”. It was right then when I knew I had a super special hook on my hands and proceeded to write the lyrics to reflect that.
Describe the track in two words.
What was the writing and recording process like?
As mentioned before I started the concept several years ago but it never quite hit so I let it sit for a few years. I came back to it a couple of months ago and loved the new turn it took and the hook that presented itself during the writing process. I recorded mostly by myself but had the help of my vocal producer Nate Perry who helps with vocals and also adds some awesome guitars on it.
Who did you work with on the single?
I work with Nate Perry on all my songs as he’s a great vocal producer and guitar player.
Will we see a music video for ‘Spring Break’ and if so, what can we expect from the creative process?
At this time I don’t foresee a music video coming unless the song explodes and I’m able to sign some type of deal with a record label or publisher to produce a video.
Will we see an EP or Album and if so, tell us more about it.
My goal this year is to release 1 new song each month so instead of doing a full album all at once I will just keep releasing a new single to keep people interested.
Do you have any live shows coming up?
Not at this moment. I plan on doing a few writers rounds soon but right now I’m focused on writing and recording new material.
What else can we expect in early 2023?
Lots of new music coming out with the next one after this being a track called “Dirt Road Don’t”
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
I hope to have a publishing deal in place where I’m working with other songwriters and also have a record deal, management, and agency in place that can help me further my goals of opening for established acts and eventually headlining shows.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
Don’t have too many. My mantra is just focus on the things you can control and work your butt off on them and don’t worry about the rest.