Chad Warrix steps back from Halfway to Hazard to release debut solo single, “Rain on the Roof”

By Dave Carew

Chad Warrix is best known as one of the founding members of Halfway to Hazard, whose Mercury Records single “Daisy” was a Top 40 hit. Another of Chad’s songs, “Die by My Own Hand” was just released on Tim McGraw’s nationally acclaimed Emotional Traffic album.

Chad is currently on a nationwide radio tour promoting his debut solo single “Rain on the Roof.” Last week, he interrupted his tour just long enough to host a telethon for Kentucky tornado victims that raised more than $180,000.

Underground Nashville recently caught up with Chad Warrix for this exclusive interview about his new solo project:

UNDERGROUND NASHVILLE:  As a result of the hit single “Daisy” and your extensive touring, you had developed a significant fan base with Halfway to Hazard.  What do you want H2H fans to know about your solo career and its relationship to H2H?

CHAD WARRIX: My solo project is a basic extension of what H2H was doing musically before we decided on a hiatus. I love mixing and bringing all my musical influences out in my songs—like Bluegrass, Southern rock, Appalachian folk, and country subject matter. I enjoy being on both side of the glass during the recording process—as a writer, musician, singer, and producer.

UN: Your debut single “Rain on the Roof” is fairly sexual for country radio. Why was it selected as the song to launch your solo career?

CW: I believe that 90 percent of all music is spawned from a relationship in some way, i.e., either a falling-in-love story, a falling-out-of-love story, a wanting-love-from-someone story, or a keeping-the-love-alive-between-two-people story. Making love has always been a common theme in country music; and not just the country genre but all genres. This song just happens to be the way I wanted to talk about it at this time in my life as an artist.

UNDERGROUND NASHVILLE:  What is the #1 most important thing you want to communicate—right now—to your present and future fans about this stage of your career?

CW: I have always and still remain committed to being creative and making music that makes me smile and feel emotions that connect with people. There are lots of people who are life-long music lovers like me out there—who just enjoy listening to whole albums and anticipating their favorite artists coming up with new recorded music and interacting with fans in a live setting.

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David M. (Dave) Carew is writer/editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter.” He also is a freelance book editor, publicist, and advertising/marketing/public relations writer.





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