Backing up to 2018, Jordan Miller and Brandon Moore originally formed as a duo according to Now Playing Nashville. After meeting for a co-write in Music Row for their own careers, they recognized that their ideas were working together brilliantly.
Based in Nashville, Tennessee, the now five member band formed in early 2019 citing desires to get back to the heart of music after partaking in different roles in the industry, as Submit Hub explained.
The music business was hectic, and they found themselves needing an escape from the behind-the-scenes demands. Writing and recording their own songs again gave them space to get creative and reminded them of their deep love of music.
Inspired to live the life they chose, the band pulled on influences from The Eagles, Tom Petty, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and Little Feat, with admiration for the lyrical talents of Jason Isbell, The Wild Feathers, and Sturgill Simpson. Taking these styles and adding a soulful flare while leading with rhythmic guitar sections, their debut EP can be expected this spring.
Starting off with an impressively catchy rock riff, “Bad News”, displays the band’s understanding of how to merge Americana and classic rock to create a convincing sound that offers Nashville-style, yet stands out at the same time.
The verse opens up with, “She’s a shotgun waitin’ to blow and she’s aiming right at you”, to set up the story line that leads throughout the song. “Bad, bad news like the headlines from the paper boy/She’ll make you walk that line every time”, are the lines sung throughout the chorus with the head-nodding melody of knowing someone isn’t good for you. The bridge then takes off with soft and smooth washed-out vocals bringing the dynamic guitar again along with it. “Before you know, she’s long gone, she’s up and left you far behind”, sure does sounds like a familiar heartbreak many can relate to.
Having toured all over the southeastern region, their energetic shows are ones that are memorable and fun. Ready to start performing again, Highway Natives are set to hit the stages for many upcoming shows in Tennessee in the coming months. From stages to dive-bars, the band isn’t wasting any time.