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Spencer Crandall

Thursday, January 19
Show | 8pm // Doors | 7pm
$10 to $50


Nashville singer-songwriters are known for letting their music do all the talking. But for Spencer Crandall, he goes that one better. He’s made it his mission to get to know each and every one of his fans. That dedication to truly connecting one-on-one with Day One fans and new fans has stuck with Crandall ever since.

Crandall packed up his Nissan Pathfinder in 2016 and drove himself straight to Nashville. “My car was packed so tight that if you opened a door, my whole life would fall out. And I knew nobody. I found a roommate through the one guy I knew, and then I started going to writers’ rounds – asking everyone I met to grab coffee. I grabbed a million coffees that year I moved here,” he says. 

And it paid off when Crandall realized that as a songwriter, you’re better off in a room with other songwriters. His analogy is that when you play sports at home by yourself and then join a league, you see people who are better than you and you know you have to bring your A game. “That’s how cowriting felt to me. I needed to go all in for me and the other writers. Now it’s not about writing a song, it’s about writing the song. The song that connects with everyone, even though it’s specific to what I might be going through. That power of storytelling is what is at the heart of country music to me.” 

He recalls finding inspiration from other singer-songwriters who moved to Nashville and were not overnight sensations. “Keith Urban had lots of things that didn’t turn out, but I admire that tenacity. Same with Luke Combs. If you came to town and got told ‘No,’ but succeeded anyway, that’s inspiring,” he says now. And things are different today, because of the way fans find music. “You don’t have to wait for the industry to let you in. You can build a fanbase by going directly to them, and always putting fans first. I still spend an hour a day connecting with my fans. People tell me everything.” 

“My music is not the most country in the world, but it’s not not country.” That, he says, is what makes his music a bridge for people to come from elsewhere into the modern-era country songs of Crandall’s Nashville.

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