Carson Jeffrey is a name we’ve been seeing quite a bit lately. We first came across him through our music submissions and were captured by his seemingly effortless vocals and relatable lyrics. He’s continued to impress in our songwriter competition and Chilifest Battle of the Bands, proving to be a real up-and-comer in Texas country music.
September 20th was a good day in the Texas country scene when Carson Jeffrey gave us what we had been anxiously waiting for, a collection of his nine best songs on his debut album, ‘Muchos Sonidos’. We’ve had these tracks on repeat since and aren’t reaching for the pause button any time soon.
Muchos Sonidos means “Many Sounds” in Spanish, and that’s just what Carson delivers. Need a song to blast before heading out with your buds on a Saturday night? Crank up Pot in Huntsville. Or maybe a tune to help you unwind after a long workday? High Tonight will do the trick. And that one person that’s just so wrong for you but you can’t seem to quit? Walk Away will get ‘em gone.
We got the chance to talk with Carson Jeffrey about his music.
Texas Music Pickers: Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Carson Jeffrey: I’m from Cat Spring, TX currently attending Texas A&M. 21 years old. If everything goes as planned, I’ll be graduating in December 2019. College Station has been great to me and I think I’ll still be around for a few years.
TMP: Who would you describe as your musical influences?
CJ: When I was about eight or nine, my uncle burned me off every single CD that Cross Canadian Ragweed had made up to that point. We had a brand new truck that you could put multiple CDs in. I loaded that whole thing up with them and that’s literally all I listened to every day! I’d go to school talking about boys from Oklahoma and stuff like that, but the other kids weren’t allowed to listen to that. In junior high, I found Ryan Brigham and Randy Rogers. And then in high school, I found William Clark Green. William Clark Green is really when I started to try and create music because his sound came to me at a time when I wasn’t sure what music could be, and his music has many styles in it, and I loved it for that.
TMP: How would you describe your style and sound?
CJ: I don’t sit down and say ‘okay I’m writing a honky-tonk song’ or ‘okay I’m writing a country-rock song’. I just sit down and write whatever I want. And for that, I think I have many different styles and sounds. There are so many songs that didn’t go on this album that are just different, and I hope for people to hear them in the future. I never worry about what style I’m fitting into; I just worry about trying to make good music. That’s all that matters at the end of the day.
TMP: What are you hoping to accomplish with “Muchos Sonidos”?
CJ: It would be nice to just take this as a good stepping stool, learn from it, and get ready for the next project. People seem to be loving it and that’s great, but I had absolutely no clue what I was doing. I’ll be the first to tell you that. I’ve learned from this album, and I’ll be better prepared for the next.
TMP: Why did you title your debut album “Muchos Sonidos”?
CJ: Just like I said earlier I just write whatever I want and it comes out in many different sounds. And that’s exactly what the title translates to in English, “Many Sounds”.
TMP: Our favorite track is “Ranch Girl Dream”, can you give us some background on it?
CJ: I was actually at a Kody West concert here at The Tap and standing on the front row. Next to me was a group of girls and they all had on their Navajo pearls and their turquoise rings. I said ‘man I got to write a song about that’. That’s just kinda the ranch girl look around the bars and I wanted to capture that beautiful style that dang sure catches my eye.
TMP: If you had to pick just one song from the album, which song are you proudest of?
CJ: Honestly, I think probably ‘Please the Crowd’. I wrote that song with my good friend Mason Marek and it just came together beautifully one night over at his house. We live just down the road from each other. Mason’s a really great guy and he’s been very nice to me, so to write something like that is a proud thing for me. We’re both really proud of that song.
TMP: As of right now, what has been your most memorable live show so far?
CJ: I played the Rocket Cafe the other day for 106.9 The Ranch Outlaws station out of Fort Worth, I believe it was, and that was a great show. A great attentive crowd and met some really great people that night.
TMP: What’s your favorite thing to eat while on the road to a show?
CJ: I have diabetes so probably water and lunch meat. I’m just joking, but that’s what it feels like sometimes. Probably Whataburger. Sometimes I don’t worry about my blood and I just go all out at Whataburger.
TMP: What does the rest of 2019 look like for Carson Jeffrey?
CJ: I just want to play more shows and meet new people. The fans have absolutely been great! And just to be able to say that I actually have fans blows my mind! I can’t thank them enough for supporting my music.
“Lover of live music and greasy bar food. Firm believer that sad, slow country songs should be played at all times. Just might be Turnpike’s #1 fan.”