Jerrod Medulla
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Lead Guitar, Drums, Violin, Steel guitar, Upright bass, Cello, Accordion.

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By Marthe Stinton, mstintonstarlocalnews
Published: Monday, January 14, 2013 1:33 PM CST

Jerrod Medulla's signature sound is filled with sweat, sex and a sultry southern drawl intensified with a bluesy guitar and set on fire with lyrics asking how bad do you want him to be.

But behind the slicked-back hair, pinstripe suits and smoke-filled spotlights is a quiet, honest guy with his heart on his sleeve. While his talent may have thrust him onstage, his personality - namely his humility - has kept him grounded and sincere, which is what drew him to music in the first place.

"I went through some difficult times and wrote about them in my songs so it could help out other people," he said. "That was the main reason I got into the music business - to show people that they aren't the only ones who have been through certain things in life."

The Tuscola transplant, who now lives in McKinney, picked up the guitar at 19 after a legend's siren song crept into his mind and wouldn't leave until he had figured out how to play it.

"I heard Willie Nelson's 'Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground,' and that sound really made me want to start playing acoustic," he said. "My brother threw me a book and said, 'Here, I taught myself how to play - you do it.' I remember spending what felt like 12 hours a day locked in my room just trying to figure out where my fingers were supposed to go."

Once his fingers found their place, there was no looking back. Medulla began playing in small honky-tonk bars near Lubbock, playing waltzes and two-step-worthy tracks that kept the audience on their feet. He even took a stab at Bruce Springsteen's "I'm on Fire" and not only received some serious radio play, but his manager received a call from the Boss himself pronouncing Medulla's rendition as "one of the best he had ever heard," Medulla recounted sheepishly.

Springsteen wasn't the only one who wanted to hear more Medulla, radio stations across the state started playing his songs, stretching his stardom from the panhandle to the central Texas and beyond.

Fans across the state embraced his latest album, "Speak Easy," with a fervor Medulla couldn't have imagined. The album's first single, "Stay the Night," skyrocketed to No. 7 on the Texas Billboard chart shortly after its release, and his latest single, "Don't Say You Don't," has broken the Top 50 on the Texas Regional Radio charts, sitting pretty on the list for 12 straight weeks.

It has a little something for everyone with feel-good tracks like "Good on the Inside," co-written by friend and fellow singer-songwriter Chuck Allen Floyd. The song, which was written during some of Medulla's darker days when the artist couldn't seem to catch a break, celebrates the notion of finally feeling like oneself again.

"It's about getting past all the bad stuff and doing good in life," he said. "I couldn't get my feet underneath me, and I had to put music aside to pay off some bills. I was working my butt off just to catch a break and nothing was coming. But I came back, had a little money in my pocket and started booking gigs, and not too long after that I started feeling like myself again. I felt like I was heading in the right direction. 'I'm on Fire' hit not too long after that, and I was me again."

Even though the album has been out for about a year, fans across the state have been stocking up on copies since its release.

"We played Lubbock two weeks ago and sold 34 CDs," he said. "So just when you feel that the newness of the album is wearing off, you go play a place like that it's like 'wow, it's getting around.'"

Medulla is coming off a short hiatus, taking time off to slip back into the artistic side of the business and brushing up on new inspirations, sounds and ideas. The self-proclaimed connoisseur of all music - he tried to say his most inspirational song was Sir Mix-a-Lot's "Buttermilk Biscuits" - has continued to be an encouragement to those around him by offering up his own life lessons to those who need a little reminder.

"The one thing I've learned is that you can want something so bad, and no matter how hard you push for it, if it's not where you're supposed to be, it's not going to happen," he said. "That's one thing the music business has really taught me - how to take the ride and make the most of it. You meet somebody out of the blue, you can look back and say if this, this and this didn't happen then I wouldn't have met them, or I wouldn't be here. You just keep busting your butt and you'll get where you're supposed to be."

Which is exactly where Medulla is, he's kicking around North Texas with other local honky-tonk favorites. Next weekend, Jan. 19 at 8 p.m., he'll be with the hell-raiser Saille Branch at TFDownstairs at 501 W Walnut St. in Celina. It will be an acoustic singer-songwriter show that will be sure to include a few shenanigans once these two bad boys get together. There could be a little surprise in the works, Medulla said, but plans change as much as the weather.

Medulla's latest album can be purchased on iTunes. For information, visit /jerrodmedulla.

Screen name:
Jerrod Medulla
Member since:
Oct 11 2011
Active over 1 month ago
Level of commitment:
Touring
Years together:
10
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
1 time per week
Available to gig:
2-3 nights a week
Age:
38 years

Influences

David Gray, Steve Earl, Johnny Cash, Ray Lamontagne, Lyle Lovett, Fred Eaglesmith, Tom Petty, Guy Clark, Amos Lee,

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Past Events

Lake Fork tx

Plano Tx

Arlington Music Hall

San Angelo Tx

Merle Haggard, Randy Rodgers Band, Two Tons of Steel, Gary P. Nunn, Mark Powell, Jerrod Medulla,Jamie Richards, Cody Johnson, Bracken Hale and many many more...

Abilene Tx, Songswap with Matt Martindale(Cooder Graw), Chuck Allen Floyd (2010 and 2011 Country Billboard Songwriter of The Year), Matt Nolen ( John Fogherty,The Beagles)

Austin Texas BBQ Cook Off

Support your local TX Country/Americana Station

Shiner Sunday with Chuck Mead