We had the good fortune of connecting with Troublesome County and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Troublesome County, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Well the music business is really all about taking risks, no matter how you look at it. Releasing your own music and hoping people will give it a chance is probably the biggest risk you can possibly take. We try to show people so many different styles of country, all blended together. That can be a pretty big risk, because people will either take it or leave it, you never really know. You just kind of have to go for it. Us personally, Troublesome County has been one big crazy risk. We all come from very different musical backgrounds. From traditional country, to alternative rock, as well as heavy metal. We’ve all just had to adapt and use that to our advantage, which is what gives us such a different approach in the Texas Country music scene. Our first EP, Road Of Broken Souls, is a really good example of that. The new music we’re working on right now will be even more different. Every time we release something new, we want it to be a fresh take and completely different than the one before. That’s our goal.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
When we all met, we were just a bunch of college students trying to find our own place in the music business. We found each other at the right time for all of us, and our music was kind of an outlet for all of our very different ideas. From the beginning, that’s what made us stand apart. As we said before, we all had very different influences and came to college each playing separate genres of music. If we had all gone our separate ways, we would’ve been fine in our music careers, but together is where we found our place in the world. That being said, it’s been far from easy. It rarely is when you’re young, working full time and being full time students. Not to mention our two lead singers are married (yes, to each other). For the first year and half after starting the band, we spent our days at work, our “days off” at school, and our nights in the studio recording or playing gigs. Chasing a career in music is something that few see as an attainable goal, but having to work that hard for something just makes us want it even more. For us, it hasn’t just been the physical aspect of putting in all the work, but the mental aspect as well. We’ve had to say no to a lot of things that other people would consider “normal”, because we don’t want to be “normal”. We don’t want to sound like anyone else or look like anyone else, we want to be so different that people can’t help but notice. We want to be so different that people can’t get us mixed up with anyone else. And I think we can all agree, it’s pretty awesome to see it all coming together.
At the end of the day, you have embrace what makes you different as an artist and ignore the things going on around you. It may take a while, but eventually people are going to be drawn to that, no matter what it is.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
The first thing that comes to mind for us is the Fort Worth Stockyards! You just can’t beat the Stockyards tour, to see the light bulb that has never burned out, Quanah Parker’s headdress and so many other amazing artifacts. It’s the best way to truly understand the history of Fort Worth and all of the special moments in history that have happened here. Another fun experience I would want my friends to see is the Cross-Eyed Moose, followed by dinner at Los Vaqueros or H3 Ranch. While you’re here you’d of course have to visit the Fort Worth Zoo, because there’s nothing else like it in Texas! And there’s no end to the amazing food here, such as Silver Fox Steakhouse and Texas De Brazil. With Christmas time coming up, you’d just have to see downtown Fort Worth with all the Christmas lights…there’s nothing more beautiful. For those who want to get their learning on, I would suggest the amazing Ross Perot Museum. Then of course, there’s always Six Flags!
We spend a lot of time in Weatherford, which is perfect for someone who enjoys a bit slower pace. The shopping is great, and there are some wonderful places to eat, such as Mesquite Pit. There’s just no end to all the fun things to do in DFW, it’s definitely a great place to be!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
We have so many people that have helped us along our way. First off, we want to thank all of our families, for being supportive of our crazy dreams. We wouldn’t be here today without you, and all the people who have worked with us behind the scenes to get our music out to share with the world. Thank you to South Plains College, the place where we all met and figured out how to make our way in the music business. Lastly, I think we all want to extend a thank you to each member of the band. We’ve all inspired each other to become who we are as a whole, and been there for each other like family. We are truly grateful for each and every one of you.

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