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The Frettie Journal
A collection of interviews, updates, tips and resources for songwriters.

Spotlight: Missouri Songwriter Travis Russom

All, Featured Songwriters by Dennis Field on February 21, 2013


Travis Russom is this week’s featured Singer & Songwriter. When he is not delivering products for Lowe’s Home Improvement, you can find him with his guitar and notepad writing songs.

Thank you Travis for taking the time to answer these questions. Stay humble and keep chasing your dream. As always, we appreciate all of your support for Frettie thus far.

Q: Where do you call home:
Southeast Missouri.

Q: Where did you grow up?
Canalou, Missouri.

Q: How did you get started with Songwriting?
I really didn’t start writing songs until I bought my first guitar at age 21.

Q: What album are you currently listening to?
I have been listening to Jamey Johnson’s new album called "Living For A Song: A Tribute To Hank Cochran."

Q: When it gets tough, how do you stay inspired?
The easiest way from me to stay inspired is by just listening to music. All types of music. It does not matter the genre. I like to see how other
people write.

Q: As a Songwriter, what is your biggest challenge?
As a Songwriter my biggest challenge is keeping my songs from sounding like current songs on the radio. While writing my music I have to stay aware of that.

Q: What time of day do you prefer to write your music and where?
I write songs whenever I get a burst of inspiration or an idea for a song. It does not matter when or where.

Q: To date, what has been your favorite memory as a Songwriter?
My favorite memory as a Songwriter is when I wrote the Song for my Grandpa after he passed away. It is called "I wrote this song for you."

Q: How do you maintain your professional growth?
My wife and kids help me stay grounded. They also steer me in the right direction. Without them, I don’t think I could have come this far in pursuing my dreams of being a Songwriter.

Q: Where do you like to start with your Songwriting?
I don’t have a preference. I just go with whatever strikes me first. Either the lyric or the music.

Q: Who are your top three favorite Artists or Songwriters?
There are more than three, but I would have to say Hank Cochran, Merle Haggard and Jamey Johnson if I had to name just three.

Q: What advice would you tell up and coming Songwriters?
I would say to just listen to anything or anyone you can come across. You can learn a ton from listening to the old writers like Whitey Shafer, Bill Anderson and Bobby Bare.

I would also say to pay attention to your conversations. You never know when someone may say something that triggers an idea, you may have a hit on your hands.

Q: Would you like to add anything else?
Thanks for taking the time and allowing me to tell my story. You can find my music here.

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