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Clay Johnson and the Hard Promises

1. Why did you decide to be an artist and create the music that you do?

Because I love it more than anything in the world and it’s the only thing that has ever made sense to me. I get to do what I love day in and day out and not just alone, but in a band with my best friends and we get a chance to tour and travel together and see places we would never have the option to otherwise. Only thing I’ve ever truly wanted in this world is to not be miserable and to be happy, and being a musician has made that entirely possible. I couldn’t ever see myself doing anything other than this. Day in and day out I’ll put all my chips on the table and go all in on it because writing and playing music is what the universe has thrown me out here to do. 

2. What are your goals and ambitions for the next 5 years?

Hopefully doing exactly what we’re doing now but with more growth and with more opportunity. I always say I’m successful as a musician if my bills are paid and my dog is fed and at the moment that’s beyond true. Every year we continue to do this, is about doing more and growing more; writing more, traveling further, doing longer tours, releasing more music, meeting more people along the way, etc. Maybe in 5 years we’ll get to be playing bigger festivals or maybe in 5 years we’ll get to play a show at The Ryman or at Red Rocks. That would be amazing and wonderful, but either way, as long as we’re happy and enjoying it and seeing the growth, it’ll all be golden. The ambition is to have music and performance be the vehicle that enables us to live happy lives doing what we love day in and day out. 

3. Has the city of Spartanburg had any influence on your art?

It’s had an astronomical influence. Our lead single from our debut EP was called “Oh, Spartanburg.” I’ve spent my whole life here engrossed in the musical culture that radiates throughout The Burg. Growing up listening to The Marshal Tucker band was a big one. Every out of town gig we play on tour, we mention them and then cover “Can’t You See” on the grounds of “bringing a taste of home [Spartanburg] to whichever town we’re playing in that night. But knowing the history of all the other acts that have made themselves known from Spartanburg, i.e. Uncle Walt’s Band, Pink Anderson, Marshall Chapman, The Sparkletones, etc, is inspiring in and of itself. It’s hard to know the history of the home you love and come from and not aim to join that pantheon of artistry that you’ve grown up listening to, researching, and learning about. I love The Burg and the city itself inspires me, if it didnt, I wouldn’t have written a song about it. 

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