There is a small town nestled deep in western North Carolina that holds a secret, 25-year-old Andrew Chastain. Andrew is from Murphy, NC and spends his free time focusing on music. After seeing a youtube video he uploaded, I knew I had to dig deeper.
What music did you listen to growing up?
I can remember being about 4 years old and hearing my babysitter's son blasting Garth Brooks "The Thunder Rolls" from his bedroom and I think that sealed the deal right there. Living in the middle of nowhere with only a couple radio stations to choose from , I listened to whatever they played on country radio. My grandpa Ray Wilson along with his brother Jerry (The Wilson Brothers) were always playing gospel bluegrass since long before my time. Every holiday or family get together was filled with bluegrass pickin' and singin' in somebody's living room, which got me interested in playing guitar when I was about 10 years old.
Do you consider yourself country?
Of course I do. I think that to try and be something your not is just a lie that you tell yourself. Keep lying to yourself about who you are and where you come from and eventually it'll start eating away on the inside. Embrace it, be proud of it. I am what I am and this is how I grew up.
What do you do for a living?
I currently work with my dad at his CarQuest Auto Parts store located in Andrews, NC. I've been working with him since I was in highschool. I like fixing cars and selling parts but it's not what I want to be doing down the road, music is my dream.
What do you like to do for fun?
This questions always bring about an epiphany that I need more fun in my life (laughs.) There's alot of things I like to do for fun, any kind of hunting(turkey and deer are my favorite!), fishing, hitting the lake and hanging with my friends. No matter if we are at a house, a bar or just on someone's back porch playing music, we always have a good time.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
If I'm still around in five years I hope to be making music in some form or fashion. Obviously if I'm being compensated for my work and playing for a more broader audience then that would be awesome. If it's out in a field somewhere, sitting on a dropped tailgate with a campfire going..well that sounds pretty good too. I try and remember that God always has a plan and the best is yet to come.
Check out Andrew's video below and let us know what you think.
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