With over 22 million combined streams on Spotify and over 17 million views on YouTube with past releases like “Life of A Workin’ Man,” “The Way That I Am,” and “Old School” Texas-born and bred southern rock artist Creed Fisher is one of the most streamed and popular artists I have ever featured.
Fisher hails from Odessa, Texas, where his family’s roots trace back to his granddad, who was highly involved in the oil game back in the fifties. He started writing songs/poems at age nine. He states that “it wasn’t very good” but it was the beginning of his fruitful songwriting career.
However, at age 10, the Texan took on a different passion when he started playing football, which eventually led to him playing the Minor Leagues for 9 years.
Not only that, he had a career as a journeyman oil field electrician for twenty years.
But, as his football career came to a close, Fisher also saw his marriage of twelve years come to an end. It was at this point he decided to do some serious “soul searching”. He admits that music simply “found him” during this time. He picked up a guitar in 2010 and thankfully, he has never let it go.
“I got divorced at 33. I went from having three women to having just one woman every other weekend. It was a time in my life when things were kind of in turmoil. That’s when I turned to music,” he says candidly.
He took a few guitar lessons but basically taught himself to play. But it would be his innate ability to turn feelings into words and words and melodies into songs that would make him the country star he is today.
In a world where pop country reigns supremely, Fisher’s music is a breath of fresh air to those of us who relish the sound of traditional country music. His music reminds one of Hank Williams – Senior and Junior. With the traditional sound of Hank Sr. and the ‘I don’t give a damn what you think’ of Hank Jr. you get the best of both worlds from this country crooner. However, the lyrics are 100% Creed Fisher.
At a relatively young age, Fisher already had a huge catalog of original songs.
He confirms, “It’s just a talent. I’ve been blessed by God to write songs.”
Still many of his songs are melancholic and sad.
“I’ve had a rough life. I write the stuff I’ve lived. I’ve had my heart broke more times than I can count but living is hard.”
Still, just like the Hanks, his painful past is revealed in the lyrics of many of his songs like “My Outlaw Ways” and “I’ll Have a Few More.” With his two newest songs “Jesus, Haggard, and Jones,” and “High on the Bottle” from his soon-to-be-released album, Whiskey and the Dog you are feeling the misery right along with him.
Fisher expounds, “In life, it doesn’t matter how much money you have, if your car breaks down, you are on the side of the road with everyone else. You just go through life and life always throws challenges at you. You lean on your prior experiences and do the best you can.”
Even though Fisher is a prolific songwriter, his most recent record release, How Country Music Sounded Before It All Went to Shit, Vol. 1, is a collection of traditional country tunes.
“The way that record came together was I was going into the studio. I had just cut Go Out like Hank which was twelve original songs and had put out Hellraiser six months before that. I was sitting with my buddy listening to old music. I thought, ‘man I want to cut that song.’ Then four songs later was another. I had a list of these old songs that I wanted to cut. It was the kind of stuff that nobody had heard before- songs like “Make-up and Faded Blue Jeans” by Merle Haggard and “Kentucky Bluebird” by Keith Whitley and other songs that people may not remember or have heard in a long time.”
He was going to call the album, American Outlaw, but Willie Nelson put out the album with that title first.
Fisher is also fiercely patriotic. With songs like “This Place Called USA” “That’s Where I Stand” and “If You Have a Right to Burn My Flag (Then I Have a Right to Kick Your Ass)” he has no room in his life for those who disparage America.
Although some may not approve of staunch stance on nationalism, Fisher declares, “I don’t really follow the crowd or worry about what this person may think. You can drive yourself crazy debating these people. I turn the TV off and just live in the world that I see with my eyes and it’s a whole better world than what you see on Social Media.
Currently, Fisher is on tour with his most recent album release, How Country Music Sounded Before It All Went to Shit, Vol. 1, and is experiencing success at Texas radio.With his last three albums debuting in the Top 5 on iTunes, Fisher hopes his new album Whiskey and the Dog, out on October 22, will continue to help him defy the odds.
With eleven songs written entirely by himself and three others co-written with Mark Jones, Whiskey and The Dog is different than anything Fisher has done to date and stays true to who he is. Unapologetic, patriotic, and passionate, the album remains true to Creed Fisher’s unwavering form, speaking to and for his fans. His songwriting harkens back to the roots of genuine outlaw country music, taking listeners back to a place and time when the fine art of storytelling flowed effortlessly.
He promises fans a rollercoaster of emotions; laughs, cheers with drinks, and songs that will make you want to cry. When describing his aspirations for the album, Fisher states, “I hope fans walk away knowing that I’m still in the trenches fighting this battle for Real Country Music.”
One thing we can all be sure of is that Creed Fisher is a force to be reckoned with in Outlaw Country Music.
Fans can stay up to date on news and announcements from Fisher by checking out his website or by following along with his journey on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. For tour information visit: https://creedfisher.net/tour/.
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Bethany Bowman is a freelance entertainment writer. You can follow her blog, Instagram, and Twitter.
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