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article imageInterview with Joe Bachman: 'A Soldier's Memoir' Special

By Markos Papadatos     Jul 3, 2013 in Entertainment
On July 2, I chatted via phone with country newcomer Joe Bachman, who opened up about his new single “A Soldier’s Memoir (PTSD Song),” which will he will release independently on July 16.
He co-wrote this song with Mitch Rossell and this moving military tribute tune addresses the sensitive of post-traumatic stress disorder.
He noted that the song idea originated from a concert in 2011 that he performed for the American troops on the day of the announcement of the death of Osama Bin Laden. “I was on the road for six weeks touring and I got home and there was a package on my living room table and I opened it. The package consisted of a plaque and an American flag. I found out that on that night, a lot of my friends were stationed in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and they were actually watching my show live on web-cam, so they took a flag and flew it for 9 minutes and 11 seconds over Guantanamo Bay and presented it to me for my patriotism for what I did for the troops. Fast forward to approximately one year ago and one of the troops sent me a text message and he told me that there are a lot of songs about our Armed Forces, but there was no song that was specifically written for the military that is dealing with post-traumatic stress. I felt it was an honor and a challenge to write this song and it is the most important song and my favorite that I ever written to date,” he shared.
“A Soldier’s Memoir (PTSD Song)” is one of the songs that will be included on his forthcoming EP, which was produced by Chris Stone.
Throughout his career, Joe started off as a cover artist, where he played approximately 250 shows each year. He has shared the stage with such musical acts as Sister Hazel, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert, Love and Theft, Chris Young, David Nail and Kix Brooks. “I have been fortunate the last 18 months or so. I went out with Florida Georgia Line and I did two weeks on the road with them and I had a blast. Tyler Hubbard is one of my best friends in the industry and they are just amazing at what they do. They have all been so courteous to me and I learned a great deal from all of them,” he acknowledged.
A Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, native, Joe moved to Nashville to pursue his original music and his debut single “Small Town Rock Stars” achieved radio success on SiriusXM’s “The Highway,” thus landing inside the Hot 30 Live.
Joe is added to the Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam in Panama City Beach in Florida on September 26 and this concert will feature such artists as Toby Keith, Trace Adkins, Kip Moore, “The X Factor” winner Tate Stevens, Eli Young and Brantley Gilbert. “I lucky enough to enter a contest with my song ‘A Soldier’s Memoir’ and I won that spot out of 1,600 contestants. We are really excited to be a part of this show,” he said.
He has over 128,000 fans on Facebook and he revealed that his future is going to be quite busy, especially since he will film a video for his song next week and he will be doing some headlining dates in the East Coast in the month of August and he will be a part of a cruise with Alabama in October.
Joe listed Garth Brooks and Lee Brice as his two major influences in country music due to the versatility of their artistry. “I strive to be that kind of artist and these are the guys I look up to you for sure,” he said.
He noted that he would like to collaborate someday with such female country artists as Kacey Musgraves, Ashton Shepherd and Ashley Monroe. “Kacey’s album blew me away and I absolutely love Ashton Shepherd. I love their traditional country sound which is similar to Dolly Parton and Patsy Cline. I would like to do a rocking duet with Miranda Lambert too,” he stated.
Particularly impressive about Joe is that each morning he makes his own smoothies while he is out on the road, which consists of two frozen bananas, almond milk, peanut butter and agave syrup. “That’s our favorite type of breakfast and I have my whole band hooked on them too,” he said with a laugh. “It is absolutely the best smoothie in the world and we have it all the time while we are out on the road.”
For more information on Joe Bachman, visit his official website.
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