Sometimes the best feel-good music is born from pain. Country music’s rebellious sensation Creed Fisher knows it well, tracing his musical, and personal evolution back to a very unlikely, yet specific point of origin – a little blue house. No, it’s not a metaphor, but a real place. And one decorated by hard times and a few bad memories. “It’s starting from rock bottom,” he says of the symbolism. “That’s what the blue house represents in my mind”. While the ghosts of that dark period are something he hasn’t forgotten, Fisher didn’t let his energy get trapped in the past, instead choosing to recognize, process and move forward.
He does however credit those days for reigniting the creative fire within, and leading to a bold and unconventional career ascension. “That eight years was the beginning of my struggle; the beginning of my music.” The little blue house, traumatic as it was, had a purpose in the greater developing picture of the man and the music he creates. After his thirteen-year marriage collapsed, then thirty-three-year-old Fisher had to start over. “I was poor as f*ck,” he recalls, “but I bought the blue house in Odessa. It was shithole but it was mine”.
Then things seemed to get even worse, perpetuated by self-sabotage. “I kept screwing up,” he admits. “Getting DUI’s, getting thrown in jail, being on probation for 18 months, all while I was in the blue house”. As if that weren’t enough to break one’s spirit – another stint in the slammer“. I refused to quit smoking weed and told my officer it was my medicine. But then I ended up back in jail”. Creed Fisher was battered, but certainly not broken. “I straightened out”.
Influenced heavily by the wisdom of his grandfather and the musical tastes of his parents. Creed Fisher’s childhood dream was to play music, but, as he asserts – “Life got in the way”. The journey to where he is today, like life, wasn’t a point A to point B road trip; Fisher’s took the proverbial scenic route. “I started writing songs just for therapy, to get things off my chest,” he says of the cathartic beginnings. “My music started in a dark place but it developed from there”.
Reflecting on an unconventional entrance into the music business, he says “The odds were always against me.” From the get-go, Fisher’s maturity, attitude, and a blue-collar background didn’t parlay easily into a scene largely ruled by young people, where social networking protocol was the law. “I was coming at it from a situation where I already raised three kids, I was older, in my mid-thirties, and had worked in the oil field for twenty years”. Not one to play the game, he sums up the acrimonious relationship defiantly – “Radio wouldn’t play me and I wouldn’t kiss ass”. So, he took his talent elsewhere, and we can all be grateful he did!
“I’m really irritated at mainstream Country. I guess it’s been something I’ve been wanting to say for a long time but wanted to wait for the right time, when I knew they would hear it”. Socially, Creed Fisher is a man of few words, an admittedly introverted artist. Music is where he speaks loudly and with a voice for all those who often feel voiceless. The contemporary music industry machine is a place he’s experienced first-hand. It left more than an unpleasant taste he recalls without mincing words – “I hate the whole business, it disgusts me”. What did he do about it? Fisher went on to become a much-needed and welcomed rebellious outlaw country superstar.
Creed Fisher wasn’t ‘created’ by some media mogul, nor did he get ‘discovered’ on a fluffed-up reality talent show. “I was coming at it from a situation where I already raised three kids; I was older, in my mid-thirties, and had worked in the oil field for twenty years”. He embraced his God-given built-in talent for songwriting, applied a lot of DIY hustle and grind, then reached into the tool chest of social media’s potential. He did it his way, with a genuine blue-collar work ethic and unquestionable appreciation for country music’s true Godfathers of the outlaw era. Fisher will tell you, “It took a lot of years, persistence and staying with it, one fan at a time.”
In June of 2022, the world will see the release of a country masterpiece, a jewel in the Texan’s musical crown, if there ever was one. “It’s just a badass album,” he proclaims of the brand-new collection, aptly titled Rebel in the South. This highly anticipated follow-up to 2021’s Whiskey and the Dog comes out at the right moment and with its own distinguished flavor. “I’ve never been this excited to drop an album, to be honest”.
Timing, they say, is everything, and that adage applies to both career growth and creative expression. Fisher’s business moves and newest album reflect a year of alliance forming and statement-making. “Everything’s changed for me in the last year. Like night and day,” he says with an air of relief. “I hooked up with Dirt Rock Empire, a label home for independent artists teaming up to do badass things together”.
Since forging that alliance in 2021 with the independent powerhouse Dirt Rock, Fisher’s creative drive has been free to run full throttle with no signs of stopping and without the speed bumps of the behind-the-scenes business concerns. “There’s a lot that goes into it that people don’t realize,” Fisher explains. “Ever since I signed with them in July of last year, everything’s been better”. Free to focus on the songwriting and recording, and supported by a trusted and talented circle of musicians and fellow songwriters, Fisher’s Rebel in the South album evolved almost seamlessly, naturally into its own distinguished tone within a formidable catalog of country bangers. “To me, the moment it really hits me is when we’re in the studio, and you hear it come to life. You get goosebumps”.
Crediting the thematic vibe of Rebel in the South to an epiphany moment, he says it all started with the song “Cuz I’m Country,” “a redneck anthem,” and the first single. “My buddy sent me this song he wanted me to help write, and I was like, ‘Man, this is about us!’ Everything came together into a production that exceeded even his own highest expectations. Citing songs like “Daughter of an Outlaw’” and “Texas as F*ck” covering everything from odes to the ladies and anthems of southern roots, Fisher says the new record has “Something for everybody.” Addressing the album’s third single is especially exciting; his voice beams with the swagger of genuine thrill –“Nashville,” he declares, “That will probably be my biggest hit ever”.
Because Creed Fisher doesn’t believe in putting out cookie-cutter records, each release always incorporates unique touches. “Rebel in the South definitely has a bit more rock country sprinkled in than Whiskey and the Dog, which consisted of honky tonk, twang. That stuff is on Rebel in the South, but the balance is a little different”. Put another way, he explains, “Whiskey and the Dog was more Merle Haggard-ish, and more ballad driven. I feel like Rebel in the South is more Brantley Gilbert, more country rock.”
“I think we went to the next level, and people are going to feel the same way. We’re trying to make sure everything we put out is badass”. Along with celebrating the ever-present staples of Fisher’s vast musical catalog – blue-collar sensibilities, patriotism, and fun-loving simple pleasures – the album also takes aim at what he calls “fake ass shit, a mirage” of candy-coated country music flooding the airwaves. “This was the perfect album to say what I had to say. If I’d said it three or four albums ago – they wouldn’t have heard it”. He’s confident the music and messages on Rebel in the South will not fall on deaf ears, “They’re gonna hear this”.
What’s next for Creed Fisher? He assures us there’s a plentiful diversity of material on the way and none of the same old, same old. “I said what I have to say on this new album, and I don’t have to say it again” he reaffirms. “I don’t want to beat a dead horse. My music is so much bigger than that”. Rebel in the South pre-orders begins on April 8th and is set to release on June 24th. Fisher is expanding his touring to further support the album and get the message out to the fans. He’s also working on follow-up albums that will be full of new material, reboots of older material, and even a kids record.
Looking back, he’s reminded of the hard work and diligence it takes to make it. “The odds were against me all along, but I just wouldn’t go away. I messed up a couple times, fell down, but fought through it all to get where I’m at today”. His story is the story of everyone who knows the value of hard work and a never give up determination. “Keep digging, keep working. When you do that you do things you never thought possible.”