Brett Eldredge hasn’t released a full-length album yet, but his singles “Don’t Ya” and “Raymond” have been popular with country fans.
Now Eldredge is set to open for Taylor Swift, which he called “a great opportunity.”
In the midst of rehearsing for the tour and working on his debut album, which will be released this summer, we called Eldredge in Nashville to talk about the tour, “Don’t Ya” and hitting the road with Swift.
Q. Are you excited to come to Omaha with Taylor Swift?
A. Are you kidding? Absolutely. Omaha is the very first one on the 13th. In fact, we’ve got a rehearsal all night tonight. Then, we’ve got one Wednesday and Thursday. We’ve been playing together and getting ready to hit the arena.
Q. Are you excited to open for Taylor Swift?
A. I was actually onstage at a show when I got the call about it. I had five missed calls, and it was my manager saying we got a bunch of shows with Taylor Swift. I was so pumped. As soon as I heard, I got ahold of the guys in the band. We’re so ready to play it. It’s such a great opportunity. Her fans are so loyal and so awesome. They’ve been along for this ride with her since the beginning. She’s got such a great fanbase and I can’t wait to play for them. I’m beyond excited. I’m ready to come to Omaha and bring a fun little start to the shows out there. I’m really excited to do it. She has the best fans in the world and I’m excited to be a part of it.
Q. “Don’t Ya” has been a successful song. Did you expect that?
A. It was a song I was playing live that I had written and it was really connecting with the fans. People were singing along and it was getting even more known every time I’d play it live. The label, myself and everybody wanted to record it. Now, the video’s gonna come out in the next few weeks. It’s really cool to play it at a show and having people singing back to you. It’s a really cool feeling. I’m definitely having a great time with it.
Q. You wrote that song yourself. What was the inspiration?
A. The main inspiration was when I went to a show up north somewhere. I was playing onstage and there was this girl in the crowd that I never even met — I never met her before the show or after the show — and she’d look away and then look back. She was playing tricks on me and the band and everybody. When we left and went back to Nashville, I had that picture of that girl in my head. I wanted to write a song about how girls are good and playing tricks on our mind.
Q. You’ve been working on your debut album for a while. Do you know when it will be out?
A. It will come out this summer. I’m so ready to get it out to everybody. My fans have been so patient with me. I’ve got another 11 songs on the album that people are waiting to hear. This summer, it’s definitely coming. I can finally say that for sure now.
Q. Do you have a title yet?
A. It’s still untitled. That’s the hardest part of all of it other than the picture they slap on the front of it. You know, I have to live with it for the rest of my life. We’re figuring that out now.
Q. Your songs have been recorded by Trace Adkins, Hank Williams Jr. and Gary Allan. What’s that like?
A. It’s cool to write songs for yourself, for sure, but when you have another artist put their spin on a song that you wrote, it kinda gives you reason to keep writing songs. It means people respect what you do as a writer as well. It really is gratifying. Now that people like what I’m doing as a writer, I think it’s fun to keep writing songs whether for me or for somebody else. It’s about writing something that means something to you and, when it means something to somebody else too, it’s extra special.
Q. Did you grow up listening to country?
A. I grew up listening to everything, but I remember the Garth (Brooks) era when I was growing up. But when I first heard Brooks & Dunn, I was absolutely hooked. I love big singers and I loved to listen to and sing Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles and stuff like that. When I heard Ronnie Dunn’s voice, it was just a combination of that big voice and the lyrics and music. Living in Paris, this little town in Illinois, it had a connection with me like nothing ever before.
— Kevin Coffey