If there’s a Noisey motto, it’s do stupid stuff with your friends, so obviously we support this video showing exactly that.
If we at Noisey had a dollar for every music video we're sent that involves low-budget stunts and general tomfoolery, we'd be Scrooge McDuck rich. We probably would no longer be running a music website, due to all the dollars we'd have, which in turn would probably cause that income stream to dry up. But no matter: We'd have enough videos of hairy dudes jumping into pools of water to keep us entertained for a lifetime. Come to think of it, a pretty miserable lifetime. Nonetheless, the point is that Tucker Beathard's video for "Momma and Jesus," which features many such wacky stunts and even involves TPing someone, was not obviously going to be one that stuck.
But: Buddy. Those guitar licks. Listen to the flames wrapping around that guitar and try to get the fire that they light in your brain to stop. This song is stuck there. Momma and Jesus. Whaow whaow whaow (but in a guitar voice). This is hot, smokin', Southern rockin', good old-fashioned tuneage. Like any good country song, there's a bit of world-weariness and moral conflict, with the singer, like Merle or Willie all those years ago, promising to give it all up after just one more thrill. But more importantly there's that sick guitar.
"I had a teacher in school come up to me one day when I was in 'in-school suspension,' who gave me a bit of a guilt trip, saying something along the lines of 'I can see it now, you sitting in jail and having to have your mom, with your little sister on her hip, come bail you out.'" Beathard says about the song over email. "So that pissed me off, but at the same time he probably had a good point, because I knew and still know, no matter what I did... the two people I can always count on to never give up on me are my mom and Jesus. And I thank God for it."
Tucker Beathard is the son of songwriter Casey Beathard, who's written hits for the likes of Eric Church, George Strait, and Kenny Chesney, including Chesney's "No Shirt, No Shoes, No Problems," one of the all-time greatest chill bro anthems. The younger Beathard isn't a slouch either: He played over 200 shows last year, and his single "Rock On" is currently making its way up through the Billboard Hot 100. "Momma and Jesus" is the latest single from his EP Fight Like Hell. The video, directed by Wes Edwards, is worth your time, too. Sure, like I said, homemade stunt videos tend to follow clichés, but that doesn't mean it's still not fun to watch someone get hurled from a shopping cart or shot with a paintball gun.
"I always loved the show Jackass," Beathard explained. "And growing up I was always making stupid daredevil videos with my brothers and friends. Shooting this video, really gave me an excuse to just have fun and do pretty stupid stunts with my friends, just like we always have." If there's a Noisey motto, it's do stupid stuff with your friends just like you always have, so we strongly recommend tuning in below.
Tucker Beathard is an unapologetic troublemaker. When asked to guess why he got into so much trouble growing up in Nashville, he says that maybe it was some sort of rebellion against his father, famed songwriter Casey Beathard. Or maybe he was acting out to steal attention away from his brother, who the 20-year-old describes as a “perfect child.”
Or “Maybe I just like it,” he adds with a sheepish smile.
The middle of three Beathard boys is best friends with his older brother, University of Iowa starting quarterback C.J. Beathard. He also has nothing but respect for his father — especially the hard work he put in to raise the family. There’s a lot of pride in Tucker’s voice as he talks about watching the family move up and seeing Casey go from waiting tables to dining with superstars like Kenny Chesney and Eric Church.
“I was always kind of taught growing up that nothing comes easy,” Beathard — whose new The Demos Vol. 1 EP was released in October — says. “You gotta work for it. So I understand that and it’s a process. I don’t want anything handed to me.”
Tucker Beathard is the inspiration behind Church’s hit song “Homeboy,” co-written by Casey Beathard. Do the math and you’ll figure out Tucker was barely a teenager when he started stirring up trouble and getting suspended from school.
“I think a better question would be what didn’t I do,” he says when pushed for specifics.
“I’ve always had a more rebellious side. I was just trying to find myself and going down some different paths to try things, and getting in trouble.”
Unfortunately, the “Rock On” singer isn’t generous with the details, only revealing he was somewhat lost back then. He has matured since. That said, there’s still wild in his eyes. You don’t need to hear him admit to embracing his rebellious, experimental side to know he’s prone to … adventure.
You will need to hear his EP to know he’s much more than just the son of a country hitmaker. Blink 182 is the band that inspired Beathard to pick up a guitar, and he says there’s remnants of guitarist Tom DeLonge’s licks in every song he plays. From there you’ll find tributes to ‘70s rockers and Bob Seger.
“The only country I listened to was my dad’s demos,” Beathard admits, “So when it came to me songwriting, I always looked up to how he wrote songs.”
His lyrics are personal, but accessible. Love and love-lost songs make up a few of the songs on The Demos Vol. 1, but “Momma and Jesus” stands out from the rest. The bluesy biography is the best showcase of the gritty rock-country sound fans have started to love him for. His smoky voice is light on twang, but thick with defiance.
“So I’m gonna shoot this last light out / Get a little lost before I get found / I’m gonna burn this last one down / And then turn it around / Before momma and Jesus / Run out of reasons / For not giving up on me,” he sings at the chorus.
2016 should be a fun ride for Tucker Beathard. He’ll open the year on tour with Chase Rice before heading to Europe with Dierks Bentley in April. He’s also got a date with Blake Shelton on his calendar for August, and he hopes to release a full-length album. “Rock On” seems to be a likely debut single. There’s no official release date, but February or March is the perfect time to meet the head new class of rebels.
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Tucker Beathard recently released a five-song EP on Spotify to give fans a gritty preview of what to expect while working on his debut album. Nashville fans may recognize Beathard from his guest appearance (as himself) in this year's winter finale. Although Beathard is only 20, he's a second-generation songwriter and has been playing in bands for half his life. The Nashville native will kick off 2016 playing shows with Chase Rice before heading to the UK and Ireland in April with Dierks Bentley.
Describe yourself to fans in one sentence: Unique and edgy, or at least that's what I've been told.
2015 accomplishment you're most proud of: I'm proud of how hard we've been going out on the road. This year we've really been grinding, we've played 25 states this year, a handful of those multiple times.
One surprising or unique thing about yourself: I took a leap of faith when I finished high school and bailed on a baseball scholarship in order to follow my music dreams.
Thing you're most looking forward to in 2016: I'm looking forward to being able to share more of the songs we've been working so hard on, and if I'm lucky enough to hear them back on the radio that will be the best payoff I can imagine.
Sounds Like: Eric Church before he matured into the Chief, Thomas Rhett before he discovered Bruno Mars
For Fans of: Church, the Cadillac Three, attitude-heavy country
Why You Should Pay Attention: Beathard's father is hit songwriter Casey Beathard, who was inspired to write the Eric Church hit "Homeboy" after his rowdy son lost his direction. But the younger Beathard, 20, isn't defined by his pops or his wayward past. The songs on Tucker's recent Demos EP showcase a singer-songwriter with attitude and hooks to burn, all delivered in a sing-songy stoner voice that is as hypnotic as it is unrepentant.
He Says: "With songwriting, I always looked up to my dad. But with music, it was anything and everything, whether it's a slow melodic pretty song or a rocking balls-to-the-wall heavy song. You grow up and hear all this different music, and file it away in your head. But I'm not trying to copy anything. I'm just doing whatever sounds right."
Hear for Yourself: The no-regrets rocker "Momma and Jesus" thumps along with devilish delight, and packs just as much oomph in the spaces between the notes as the notes themselves. Joseph Hudak
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