Seymour Native Signs Record Deal with Dalton Black
“If it ain’t right then it’s wrong. If it ain’t wrong then it’s right.”
In the opening lines off Dalton Black’s newly released single “Never the Same,” Black reveals as much about his straight-edged, down-to-earth character as do his thick Appalachian accent or short manner of speaking. The country tune, released digitally Friday through Heart Song Records, is as close as Black can convey his love affair with outlaw country stars like Johnny Cash or Waylon Jennings through the medium of song without actually saying their names. For someone so young, his tastes are surprisingly old, a fact he makes clear.
An aspiring musician and a 2013 graduate of Seymour High School, Black made the move from East Tennessee to Nashville in July of last year in order to follow in the footsteps of Johnny Cash, his self-described hero, and become a country music singer. Though his career is still fledgling, Black said he’s enjoyed his time in Nashville thus far, as much for the reasons it reminds him of home as for the opportunities it provides.
‘It’s a big city with a small town feel,” Black said. Avoiding the honkey tonk bars and tourist traps of Lower Broadway, Black said he prefers those places where original music isn’t just encouraged, but required, a far cry from the many karaoke style singers cater to the Nashville masses. “There is competition, but its friendly competition, and people want success for others and will help others.”
Describing his sound, Black said he’s been called anything from “outlaw” to “Americana.” His influences, apart from the rough country-rock scene of the 1970’s and 80’s, stem in part from his Seymour background and close vicinity to the Smoky Mountain music culture. “I love East Tennessee, I definitely do.” (The influence) is there, the accent for sure, it’s carried over from East Tennessee.”
In a city as large and growing as Nashville, it can be hard to stand out as an entertainer, a fact Black is well aware of. Still young and hopeful, he said that when it comes down to it, the thing that sets him apart from the many other talented musicians that occupy the Tennessee capitol may just come down to who wants it more.
“I tell people all the time, I have a lot of ‘want’ to me. It all depends on how much ‘want’ to you you’ve got,” Black said. “I was taught by my dad, my ‘papaw,’ ‘if you want something, go get it.’ It’s there; you can have it if you want it. It’s all about ‘want to.’ I love those two words.”
Source: Seymour Herald (East Tennessee)