Currently sitting at #1 on the Texas Regional Radio Report and #2 on theTexas Music Chart , is John Slaughter’s “Ghost Town”. We had the privilege of talking with Slaughter this week and here’s what one of the hardest working men in Texas Country had to say.
TMP: Can you tell us how you got your start on the Texas Music Scene?
John Slaughter: When I was attending college at Sam Houston State University, I met Kale Murray, bass player and fellow SHSU Agriculture student. Shortly after that, we started River West and were fortunate enough to have some regional success in the early 2000’s — back then the “Texas Music Scene” wasn’t as predominant as it is now. After working with River West I joined singer/songwriter Jody’s Booths band for a good while. Then around 2003, I was fortunate enough to join Roger Creager’s touring band as his Fiddle/Mandolin player and Harmony singer.
TMP: Who do you describe as musical influences?
John Slaughter: George Strait, Merle Haggard, Frank Sinatra, Bruce Springsteen, Garth Brooks, Johnny Gimble, Keith Whitley
TMP: So far, what has been the highlight of your career?
John Slaughter: We played the Country Rendezvous Festival in Craponne France in 2012. It was very special to me to travel halfway across the world and walk on stage in front of 20,000+ fans and they were singing our songs back to us. That was unreal!
TMP: Tell us about your current single “Ghost Town”.
John Slaughter: Ghost Town is the first single off of our new record that is slated to be out in September of this year. I take pride in writing all of my record material, but I always said if I came across that special song, I would cut it. Ghost Town was written by Ronny Vines and John Edwards and the moment I heard it, I was on the phone with their publishing company. It is one of my favorite songs to sing live and I believe it can relate to a lot of people. Regardless of who you are, when you go back to your hometown, I’m sure it has changed, but you never forget the people and relationships from there. This was our first number one, so I am very anxious to see how the fans and country radio respond to the rest of the record!
TMP: You’ve have writing credits for songs that have reached #1 on the TRRR (Roger Creagar’s “I Love Being Lonesome” and Cody Johnson’s “Pray for Rain”), but how does it feel to have your first #1 as an artist?
John Slaughter: It feels great to have that first number one. We have worked very hard and covered a lot of miles over the last few years. We have come close before, but we finally did it! I am proud of all of the material I have put out to this point and excited to see what is in store for the future.
TMP: Can you tell us what we can expect on your upcoming album?
John Slaughter: I feel that I am a better songwriter, singer and musician than I was four years ago, so I hope that this new album shows growth as an artist for me. One thing my producer Greg Hunt at Rosewood Studios was instrumental in was pushing me further vocally than the last album. I feel we were able to record some special takes in the studio and these new songs are a blast to sing live! As far as instrumentation on the album goes, we are not trying to change our style; so you will still here the same guitar tones, fiddles, mandolins, steel and honky-tonk pianos that makes our sound.
TMP: Is there anything else you’d like your fans to know?
John Slaughter: I am appreciative for everyone who has supported our music over the last four years. Country Radio has been awesome to us. We have some great peers out on the road that have been really good to us and more importantly we have some of the best fans out there. Without the fans we do not have jobs, so I am very thankful for them!
We encourage you to call your local radio stations and request this song. Let’s get it to #1 on the Texas Music Chart!