I had a chance to catch up with Nashville-based troubadour Jordan Hull, whose easy-going style and Dylan-esque delivery bring a solid grin to this girl’s face; since he is someone whom I wholeheartedly believe should be on your musical radar, I thought you might like to get to know him.
Eo8: What made you decide to relocate to Nashville?
JH: I moved to Nashville in 2009. I dropped out of Ohio University for creative writing after a quarter because I found I was writing songs rather than stories. I wanted to focus on music full time. I moved back to Dayton for a minute and took painting classes at Sinclair while I made my plans to move to Nashville.
Eo8: What is your favorite thing about Nashville?
JH: If I told you the hipsters would ruin it.
Eo8: What made you decide to pursue music?
JH: Arch Rodgers, a teacher at my high school. A local venue owner named Mick Montgomery at Canal street Tavern in Dayton. A guy I met at a bluegrass festival named Paul North who invited me to his cabin to drink moonshine after the first time I dropped out of school.
Also, Elvis, the Beatles, and a Mexican art school girl I met online.
Eo8: What is your favorite thing about performing?
JH: The transcendental feeling.
Eo8: What are you hoping your music accomplishes when you send it out into the world?
JH: To make people happy.
Eo8: What have been the biggest influences on your musical and personal style?
JH: “Like what you like ’cause you like what you like.” You can find influence everywhere. I’ve learned a lot about songwriting from painters, comedians, philosophers. My list of influences is always changing. This week my big 5 are: Woody Guthrie, Lou Reed, Ray Johnson, Ram Dass, and Beck.
Eo8: You’ve got shows scheduled through mid-April….what’s next for you?
JH: I’m making one last trek to Philly with my buddy Joe Krauss for a few shows in early May then coming back to Nashville to finish up some EPs, save my monies, and fix all my broken gear. Right now Up The Chain and I (from Philly) are having such a good time touring together we’re talking about booking some more shows in the later half of the summer.
Eo8: Parting words…one sentence…anything you want us to know. And go!
JH: I know what you’re thinking, and yes, I do work out. Thank you for noticing.