The same week Sea Gayle Music’s CJ Solar was named one of May’s “10 New Country Artists You Need to Know,” by ‘Rolling Stone Country’, the southern-rock-and-blues-tinged country music newcomer celebrates the exclusive premiere of his grassroots breakthrough single “Tall Boy,” on CMT, CMT Music (formerly CMT Pure) and CMT.com.
The video was directed by Marcel Chagnon and set in the smoky basement of a house in East Nashville, the straight-throw-down party video makes you wish you got invited to the shoot. Click here to watch.
“Tall Boy” is the lead single from Solar’s debut EP release, “Hard One To Turn Down”. And a hard one to turn down, it is…
With its boozy narrative and clever, repetitive hook, ‘Tall Boy’ feels like a ready-made radio hit.” One Stop Country adds, “With country starting to steer back to songs where the lyrics are the true star of the show, this aspect will allow Solar to quickly become a standout at radio and easily connect with listeners,” Rolling Stone Country’s Chris Parton says of the track.
Co-written by Solar, the single has garnered more than 300k Spotify streams in a month’s time. The early success can likely be accredited to the Baton Rouge native’s ability to blend Delta blues and Southern rock influences into a modern country hit.
I remember being crazy about guitar and Southern rock and wearing Lynyrd Skynyrd T-shirts to school and having kids be like, ‘What are you doing?” says Solar in the Rolling Stone Country feature, referencing his unorthodox taste in music at a young age.
All five songs on “Hard One to Turn Down” were co-written by Solar, who has celebrated songs written for country superstars such as Jerrod Niemann and Justin Moore.
What is perhaps even more impressive are the edgy country-rocker’s exceptional guitar skills, which led him to play all the solos as well as rhythm guitar on the EP. “Hard One to Turn Down” is available for download here.
Stay up to date on CJ Solar as he continues to tour as a supporting act for such artists as The Cadillac Three, Old Dominion, Whiskey Myers and others at his official website, cjsolar.com and follow him on Twitter (@CJSolar) and Facebook (@CJSolarBand).