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Hailing from the small town of Petal, Mississippi, singer-songwriter Cole Decker has a unique style of writing and singing that has led to some comparisons to artists such as Corey Smith and Eric Church. His writing style and singing contain influences of traditional country and southern rock.
Cole began playing piano at a young age and picked up the guitar in college. He has been playing live shows for about five years and has opened up for acts such as Frank Foster, Parker McCollum, and Red Shahan. Currently located in Livingston, Montana, he plays shows all around the state, both solo and with his band.
Cole's writing style is honest and gritty. His full-band EP, "Can't Ruin A Bad Reputation," features all originals, including "Flippin' The Bird" and "Needles." He describes this album as a good mixture of the different styles that he enjoys listening to with a perfect balance of slow and up-tempo songs.
My first inspirations in music were Billy Currington and Chris Stapleton. I loved all of Currington's songs and wanted to be just like him, and the first time I heard Stapleton's version of Tennessee Whiskey, I was like, "I gotta do that." It was so awesome hearing his take on that song and his incredible vocals. At that time in my life, I was getting ready to graduate high school, and playing guitar really helped me get through that scary and exciting time in my life.
Play every chance you get. Play any and every gig you can, even if they don't pay. I still feel that way to an extent because there is no other way to practice playing and singing in front of people without playing and singing in front of people. The more shows I've played, the more comfortable I've gotten with myself and my abilities.
The thought that one day I'll be playing shows on the road in front of sold-out crowds. I can't wait for that, and I can't wait to hear the crowds singing along to my music and every word. I love live music and can't get enough of it.
I'm a country artist, so I definitely want my Keeley compressor and a delay pedal. My third guy would be my little Outlaw distortion pedal for those hard-hitting southern rock-style songs.
I just try to remember why I'm doing it and what my goals are. I want to make enough money doing what I love to not have to worry about money, and there are just certain things that are non-negotiable. Playing every show like it's your last, promoting and getting people there, and trying to write meaningful and impactful songs that I won't hate after playing 1,000 times.
Billy Currington was my guy when I started. I loved his style. Today, my number one is still Chris Stapleton just because he's the perfect package of Outlaw and soul, and he's a tremendous songwriter.
I'm usually the annoying guy that tunes down to drop D and does a little chicken pickin'.
Probably my Gibson J-45. It's the first big purchase I made and is by far the best-sounding guitar I've ever owned. From a logistics standpoint, my Rock'N'Roller cart from Amazon is the biggest game-changer. I can load all of my gear on it, and it usually only takes one trip.
Studio time. I want to record at the end of this summer and put out some new music.
I use EV speakers with a Soundcraft UI 16 mixer. I have two Rattlesnake 1/4" cables I use. One for my acoustic and one for my electric.
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