George Birge Releases Solo Self-Titled Debut EP

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George Birge credits his Austin, Texas upbringing with his gift for writing relatable lyrics and melodies. When he first formed a band and began playing bars in the city’s Sixth Street entertainment district, he sang his own originals, not covers.

“I got so much joy and pleasure from trying to craft songs and build stories and create emotion that I was instantly hooked,” he says. “I always say I play live music so that I can write songs and get in the studio, because that’s where my passion is. I love that rush that you get when you find something that is magical.”

Clay Walker, Colt Ford and Sam Grow have recorded your songs. What is different when you write for other artists versus yourself?

Every artist has something that makes them uniquely themselves. I always try to find what that is when we sit down in a room so that we can tell their stories in a way that is undeniably them.

TikTok sensation. Rynnstar posted that country songs are just about beer, trucks and girls.

Her comment led you to write “Beer Beer, Truck Truck.” “I know the city called you, go baby spread your wings/I’ll be here waiting on you, out here in the country. The whole point was to say that, yeah, the country lifestyle may not be as flashy or as fast-paced as the city, but there’s more to it than meets the eye — and if you give me a chance, I’ll show you how good it can be.” You were determined to prove that most any phrase can inspire a great song. What was Rynnstar’s response to the song she inspired you to write?

She was amazing, we actually connected shortly after I posted the first clip of the song and she told me that she had been a country music fan as a kid and though she had gotten away from it a bit the song gave her some good memories of some of the songs she loved growing up.

“If I’m being honest, I’ve dreamed about making this project my whole life. Getting the opportunity to make the exact record I want to make, with the exact people I wanted to make it with, feels unbelievable. This project is me; I can’t wait to share it with the world.”

Your current single (co-written with Jaron Boyer, Michael Tyler and Colt Ford) off the EP, “Mind On You,” was actually written with Jason Aldean in mind to record it. What made this song so special you felt you needed to record and release yourself.

The song felt like magic when we recorded it and I had put my vocal on it, I lived with it for a while, and couldn’t get it out of my head. And even though we wrote it with Aldean in mind, I unintentionally put a lot of my own spin on the song, so the more I lived with it the more I felt like it was something I needed to put out myself.

You are doing a giveaway for fans. How else will you be connecting to them with the release of this EP?

Connecting with fans is one of the best parts of getting to do this. I’m going to be touring a ton this year meeting as many folks as I can, I also try to be as responsive as I can on socials while giving folks a little glimpse of the good, the bad and the ugly of my life too.

Playing the Bluebird Café in Nashville. What makes this venue, and others in Music City, so special to play?

The Bluebird is one of the most amazing rooms I’ve ever played. As a songwriter having a venue where you can tell the story of how the songs were created while playing them in a stripped-down intimate setting is really incredible. People come from across the country for the love of country music, and you could hear a pin drop in the room any time an artist is playing.

Yellowstone. Who is your favorite character on the Paramount series and why?

Casey Dutton is far and away my favorite character on this show. I love how hard he loves his wife and son and he’s pretty damn tough too.

Brisket. Have any grilling tips to share?

Brisket is about my favorite thing to cook, and I’ve been doing it since I was a kid. My trick is adding some coffee grounds to the rub to help get a great crunch on the bark.

Children. Dogs. What are some of your favorite Nashville places to visit with the family?

We actually just built a little fire pit in the backyard, and it is my new favorite place in the world. We will light a fire, pour some drinks, and bring the guitar out to sing everything from “you got a friend in me” to my own music with the dogs and kids.

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