Up and coming country music sensation, 23-year-old artist & Baton Rouge native, CJ Solar, is bringing a one of a kind edge to country music with his brand new EP, “Hard One to Turn Down”. The EP is a combination of Delta blues, southern rock and country influences make up the debut project, released by Sea Gayle Records.
Available on iTunes this Friday, April 15th, “Hard One to Turn Down“ features five hooking, radio-ready tracks, all co-written by Solar. Included is the current single “Tall Boy”, which is an upbeat, nod of appreciation to a supersized ice cold beer and its ability to diminish relationship woes.
So order up a tall boy / ‘Cause it makes you feel tall, boy
Don’t worry at all, boy / It’s gonna be alright
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“Just Another Day in the Country,” features a vocal collaboration with country artist Jerrod Niemann, whose most recent single, “Blue Bandana,” was co-penned by Solar. The tune follows the quest for an elusive gypsy girl in a blue bandana the spotted in a crowd, jamming out at music festivals, who never stays for too long.
“Hard One To Turn Down” is full of crunchy guitars, clever down-home lyrics and just a hint of danger,” writes Chris Parton for Country Weekly. “The dangerous feel likely comes from all the time CJ has spent honing his skills at rough-and-tumble roadhouses and tailgate parties across the South.” Solar said, “I wanted it to sound as much like my live show as possible, so I played the bulk of the rhythm parts and all of the guitar solos, just how I play them live. I love the way it sounds, and it might not sound like everything else in Nashville, but it sounds like me.”
Music moguls and fans in Nashville have likely spotted Solar performing at songwriter’s rounds around town and at the popular “Whiskey Jam” at Winner’s bar, where he filmed a live performance music video for “Tall Boy.” The video premiered exclusively with The Boot on March 22nd.
Solar is currently on tour performing at dive bars, clubs and festivals across the U.S. opening up for artists like the Cadillac Three, Michael Ray, the Randy Rogers Band and Tyler Farr.