Chuck Wicks has been rocking the country music world since 2007 when his first single “Stealing Cinderella” hit country radio. The single peaked at number five on the country charts. Chuck’s second single, “All I Ever Wanted,” charted in the top 40 shortly after. However, he has grown a lot since then and he is back with a whole new style. Chuck’s EP Rough is set to be released on April 9th through iTunes and Amazon. I caught up with Wicks to find out more about his new record and to hear about his summer plans.
What is your favorite song on the EP?
My favorite song off the EP is…all of them, probably. There are only five. Being a songwriter, they are all kind of your babies. Whatever mood I’m in is what song I gravitate toward. Summer’s around the corner so “Salt Life” turn it on and turn it up. If I’m feeling romantic I go “Always” or “The Whole Damn Thing.” Then, “Fix Me” is kind of my cool factor song, it’s got a good groove and good space in it so it’s something very different for me. So I love them all.
How was the writing process for this project?
I did write all five of these. It was an easy process for me to pick them. I know right away if I am in love with them or not. That sounds horrible since I just got done saying all of my songs are my babies (laughs), but no, it was an easy process “The Whole Damn Thing” I’ve loved since I wrote it. It was the very first song I wrote with Liz Rose and that led to many great things with her. She is now my publisher. These songs reflect how much I have grown as an artist and a songwriter since my first record.
Can we expect any new music to hit country radio?
Yeah, I’m excited to get “Salt Life” as the first single out. We teamed up with the company Salt Life and we’re going to do all kinds of things but we’re going to make a video with them. We will go down to Florida and get that done around mid May or so. We’ll get a new video out this summer which is always fun to see on TV and see it come to life. I wrote this song originally with some co-writers for Kenny Chesney’s “Island” record and I loved it so much I had to put it on my own record. Now, here we are, teaming up with the company Salt Life and making a video with them. They are also doing a gift with purchase program with us where if you purchase something from Salt Life at a certain amount you get a free album so that’s pretty cool.
Will you be touring at all this summer?
We are going to hit the road as soon as the record comes out. We start right at the Grand Ole Opry, then we’re out doing a show with Montgomery Gentry and Easton Corbin. We’re also going to do something a little different where we hit up certain little beach towns. I grew up in Delaware, so I’m sure we will go back to the beach I grew up going to. It’s going to be cool. I’m very anxious to get back out on the road. I love doin’ it, I love touring. I love playing music live and see the reactions from people.
How is this record different from songs you’ve written in the past?
I always tell people think about how much you’ve grown from when you were a freshmen in high school until you were a senior in high school. So many things change. You grow up so much (some of us do) and you figure it out. That’s what happened with me musically. In 2008, I put my first record out and here we are in 2013, so I had a lot of time to figure out some things and I think it’s going to show in this record.
Is there anything you want the fans to know?
There is so much to know about me. Ya know, I am a Twitterholic. Follow me on Twitter @chuckwicksmusic and if you do that then you’ll pretty much figure it out. You’ll know it all.
Author: Brittany Vance
Southern WV born and bred who is a lover of all things country. She’s a mother of two and professional hell raiser. Brittany will pop in from time to time as a Guest Columnist who will present her unfiltered thoughts on the most recent country concerts and maybe an exclusive interview or two.