Photo Credit to Lyn Sengupta.

Arkansas musician Charlie Farley is making waves in the music industry. With a brand new music video out for his single “Where I’m From,” this vocalist brings a whole meaning to keeping in touch with your roots with a video literally filmed in his hometown of DeQueen. Keep reading to learn more about what inspires Charlie, his new music, and more straight from the man himself!

Being from Arkansas myself, I have to start off our discussion by talking about that. Can you tell me about your life growing up in the small town of DeQueen?
It was just the typical small town family kinda raising that I think the world could use a lot more of. I played outside with my brothers, and we would dam up the creek that ran through my dad’s yard and have the entire yard flooded, put a flat bottom boat in and act like we were “fishermen” (haha). We hunted, fished, played basketball, baseball, football, etc. Got my ass whipped more times than I can count (lol), but it taught me right from wrong.

I actually live just an hour away in a small town called Glenwood, so I understand how difficult it is to break outside of the “normal” lifestyle, and into the music industry. What kind of challenges did you face making it to the status you are now at?
I actually have a good friend that lives a few miles from Glenwood in Norman, his name is Charlie Hunt, you may know him. Good ‘ole boy. Anyway, yeah, I know what you mean. It can be difficult. We are kind of off the beaten path, so traditionally it would be hard to know what to do as an up-and-coming artist to become successful, or to be able to make the right contacts to be able to get to that next level. Luckily for us now though, we have the internet and social media is everything in today’s world. You can do a little research and find out who’s who, where you need to go, what you need to be doing or who you need to contact to help in growing your career. I’ve faced a number of challenges, but I’ve always looked at each of them as just a stepping stone toward the next challenge. Finding a band that is committed to doing this full time is difficult around home and was one of the biggest challenges I’ve faced. We all have priorities and commitments around here. We generally graduate, go to work and start building a family. That don’t leave much time for a life on the road, so it was hard finding the right guys who could balance it all. Although my DJ is from South Carolina, everyone else is from Arkansas now. It took a long time to get the pieces I needed to have an amazing band that will leave their heart and soul on the stage every night, but I’ve got the guys now and I’m glad I do!! Jason Helms (Lead Guitar), Michael Howard (Rhythm Guitar), Josh Oneal (Drums) and Cannon Banyon (DJ) are all amazing at what they do and I’m lucky that they believe enough in my project to do it full time with me.

Where do you see your music career taking you next?
I’d like to say to the top (haha), and honestly that’s the projected forecast. However, I’m just traveling down the road God laid in front of me. I believe in his plans, myself and the people around me. Wherever that leads me is where I will be next.

Has music always been a big part of your life, or is it something you didn’t take much interest in until later in your life?
Music has always been a huge part of my life. I used lyrics within songs to deal with all types of emotions growing up. Honestly though,  I was 20 years old before I realized how big of an influence music was in my life. It wasn’t until I started writing songs constantly that I looked at my songs and realized I was writing the same type of songs I grew up listening to, just in a different way. I write about my life and I try to write things that will help or inspire people. That’s the same type of music I loved listening to when I was a teenager.

I know you have a wide range of influences from Eminem to Willie Nelson. If there was one person who changed the way you look at music the most, who would it be and why?
That’s a really tough question. For me, there isn’t one person who changed the way I look at music. I think the only way I became who I am today was because of the variety of music and artists that I listened to. Now as a performer, I can name one – Garth Brooks. That man is an amazing performer and changed the way I looked at a show.

So, you’re currently working on a new album. Are there any details you can give on it yet?
Yep, and you are the first to know this. I just finished up my album and we are about to release two new songs off of it. “Drinks and Dreams” as well as “Feeling Like I Love It.” I still haven’t determined a definite name for the album but I’m leaning towards Drinks and Dreams just because I think it’s a kick ass title. This album has a good time vibe to it and I think people will really enjoy it!

Your first single from the new album, “Where I’m From,” has been out for a little bit now with a video to accompany it. Do you have any fun stories from filming for it?
Well I shot part of it in my old high school here in DeQueen and that was definitely a surreal experience (lol). I never thought I’d walk down them halls again, and never would have dreamed I’d be shooting a music video if I did.

Let’s talk live shows for a second! You have two coming up in March, one in Ohio and the other in Gerogia. Are there any full tours being planned?
We are always working on dates and I’d love to do a full tour in the future but right now, we are focusing on one show at a time.  My booking team (bookthebackwoods@gmail.com) handles everything on that side so that I can focus on creating the best show for the fans. We add shows to my website as soon as they are booked and you can keep up with all of our upcoming dates at www.charliefarleylife.com.

What can fans expect from these shows?
We actually just reworked and revamped our entire show from top to bottom. We’ve always had an energetic show but this one is over the top. A lot of running around, a lot of interactive segments within the 1.5 hrs, and I know that anyone who attends a show will not be disappointed.

Is there anything I missed that you would like to talk about?
Hmmmm, nah. For now, I think you’ve got it. Ask me tomorrow and I will have something else (lol)!

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