Gabbing with Jordan Rager



We recently had the chance to catch up with Jordan Rager about his new single, “One of the Good Ones,” his upcoming project, his-all-time favorite song, and much more! Read our exclusive interview with Jordan below:

NG: You most recently released the single, “One of the Good Ones.” What made you decide to record and release that track?
JR: It’s rare that I know I want to record a song the first time I listen to it, but that’s how I felt about “Good Ones.” The energy of it grabbed me from the start and wouldn’t let me go. I related to every lyric as if I would’ve wrote it myself. And of course, it name drops my favorite ball player, Chipper Jones. It’s definitely my favorite song I’ve released so far.

NG: “One of the Good Ones” is not a song you wrote on, but you do write a lot of your songs. What’s your songwriting process?
JR: It’s different every time. Sometimes, I start with an idea or concept, sometimes the music comes first, sometimes it’s a melody I can’t get out of my head. Songwriting is probably my favorite part of what I do. I love creating something from nothing and telling a story.

NG: Do you have an all-time favorite song that you’ve written?
JR: That’s tough. I love all my songs for different reasons. I think the songs that stand out are the ones that come from personal experience.

NG: What’s a song by another artist that you wish you had written?
JR: “We Rode In Trucks” by Luke Bryan. When I hear it, I see my hometown and the way I grew up. It’s like whoever wrote it was writing it for me.

NG: You’ve had the chance to duet with Jason Aldean and tour with Justin Moore. What do you learn from guys like that?
JR: Both Jason and Justin have taught me so much, but I think my biggest take away from them has been find your thing – your style, your attitude, and stick to it. When you’re able to do that, you become that much harder to stop.

NG: For those who may not be familiar with your music, describe your sound in 3 words.
JR: Fresh, honest and country.

NG: We know that you’re working on a new project. What can fans expect from that and more importantly, when can we hear it?
JR: I’m still in the writing/recording stage, but we’re really close to a release date. I hope it’s soon, because I’m so excited for everyone to hear what I’ve been working on.

NG: You’ve had a ton of success already, but what is the number one thing on your bucket list that you’d like to achieve?
JR: Headline my own sold out tour. I’ve played sold out shows before, but my own tour has always been a dream of mine. Hopefully one day.

NG: You can tour with any two artists – Who do you choose?
JR: Dream tour would be Kenny Chesney – playing a football stadium would be a bucket list thing for me. The other would be touring with my buds Jon Langston, Travis Denning and Cole Taylor. We play a show every Christmas called “Four Wheel Drive” – making it into a whole tour would be a blast.

NG: What does the rest of 2018 have in store for you?
JR: I’ll continue to write and record new songs and keep working towards a release date. In the mean time, I’ll be on the road playing the new songs, visiting some of my old stomping grounds and playing new places as well.

To find out how you can hear Jordan Rager live, follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and his website.