Christian Lopez has been described as "a 19-year-old with the soul of a 65-year-old Appalachian mountain bluegrass musician hidden away." This week, his popular roots rock outfit Christian Lopez Band released their debut album ONWARD, which was produced by Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson, Dara Sisterhen) In recent years, the West Virginia native has opened up for both the Zac Brown Band and Dave Matthews Band; because bands with their singer's name in the title need to stick together. You can catch Christian Lopez at Musicians Corner, along with The Secret Sisters, Sol Cat, Clemency and more.
We're excited to have you at Musicians Corner. What can we expect from your set?
We've got some new things planned. Piano being one of them. But of course we plan to have nothing but sweat and broken strings when we leave the stage.
What's it like being a touring artist who's yet to turn 21? Are there special challenges?
Touring is my favorite thing in the world. However being under 21, my drummer and I both, we have faced some challenges with 21 and up venues, but that's about it really.
What are your thoughts on Nashville as a music town?
It's the best.
Where do you like to eat and hang out when you're in town?
I love Mexican food! Guacamole especially, and Taqueria Del Sol has the pinnacle. 12 South is a pretty cool place to hang out, too.
How is the music scene where you live now?
I have a lot of mountain music close to me. Bluegrass, old time, folk. But at the same time, we have a lot of jam, rock, and metal. It's a pretty diverse scene, but it's always interesting.
You've come along way in your career, at a fairly young age. What advice would you give a singer-songwriter trying to replicate your success?
Make music that you love. Don't try and be something you're not. And then, just work as hard as you can. Don't let anybody or anything hold you back.
Which Dave Cobb-produced album do you listen to the most, outside your own?
I've listened to them all! I'm a huge Dave Cobb fan and I was before I even worked with him. But... right now I'm listening to Jamey Johnson's Guitar Song. Dave has such an old school touch on his productions and centers the song around the voice always, and I love that.
CHRISTIAN LOPEZ BAND, "WILL I SEE YOU AGAIN":