Buzz Cason – Troubadour Heart Album Interview
Alamo Jones of Sirius XM’s Outlaw Country and others have called Buzz Cason the Father of Nashville rock. On his new Plowboy Records release Troubadour Heart, Cason takes the listener on a coast to coast journey through the land of Americana.
Andreas Werner: Why is this album special and unique?
Buzz Cason: First of all, I believe we have better songs on this one than my previous Americana releases. It’s a strong collection of songs that take the listener on a coast-to-coast journey through the land of Americana. Also, we have special guests like Dan Penn, Bobby Keys, Anthony Crawford, Amanda Contreras, and others contributing to this album.
What can you tell us about your new label Plowboy Records? Are you excited to be on it?
I am real excited that Shannon Pollard, Cheetah Chrome, and all the folks at Plowboy like the music and are willing to have me on the label. Being in the company of the likes of Bobby Bare, Chuck Mead, and Alejandro Escovedo is exciting. Plowboy Records is a hungry new player on the Americana market and is already making a strong impact.
What about the songs? Tell us a little bit about them.
Well, there’s quite a diversity here. We start out with acoustic-oriented numbers like the title track “Troubadour Heart,”which is about all the guys and gals out there playing music nightly in the smaller venues all over the place. Then we crunch the sound a little more and rock out on songs like “Something I Can Dance To” (co-written with Andreas Werner, sax by Bobby Keys), “When I Get To California,” and “The Waiting”.
What is your writing process?
I’m often asked that, but I’m all over the map as far as songwriting methods go. For instance, one may come to me in the middle of the night or walking on the beach, which is rare, or just sitting down with co‐writers like Anthony Crawford, Jeff Silbar, Dan Penn, or Matt Martindale and “cranking one out.” All those guys co‐wrote songs on Troubadour Heart.
What are your goals with this album?
All my previous albums have charted on the Americana charts and have recieved a good amount of radio airplay, but I really expect Troubadour Heart to do much better. I feel confident that Plowboy Records and Bill Wence Promotions will really get us some good action on the record. Mainly though, I hope the listeners and fans will relate to the songs and appreciate the music! Our goal is to play as many areas of the country as possible and hopefully Europe by the end of the year. With the encouragement we’ve recieved so far, it won’t be long until I’m right back in the studio working on the next record. I already have several songs written for it.
Troubadour Heart is out now on Plowboy Records.