Hailing from Akron, Ohio, Teddy Robb is hoping to make his mark on country music. The country newcomer made the journey to Nashville right after graduating college. While his early years may have revolved around sports— Football, Track and Basketball—Teddy began playing music while in college, at the age of 19.
“I started playing gigs and started learning guitar and doing these little open mics and before long I wanted to take a shot and move to Nashville and see if I could hang,” Teddy tells One Country. “I just finished college and packed up one day. I just had a feeling one morning. It wasn’t planned or anything. I just woke up and was like I have to move to Nashville today.”
That move has paid off. Teddy released his debut single “Lead Me On,” a sexy country tune that has the newcomer actually wanting to be led on. Written by Teddy, Ryan Beaver, Matt McGinn and Aaron Eshuis, “Lead Me On” is Teddy’s first single from his upcoming five-song EP.
The Ohio native sat down with One Country to talk about his journey to Nashville, what he does when he’s not writing songs and the major impact George Strait had on his career.
“My Grandma was a musician and actress and she was brilliant at that. But I didn’t really get to know her. She died when I was five. But I always knew that there might be the possibility of me having some talent because of hearing from my dad how much talent she had.
“I have a little bother and an older sister, but ‘m the only one of my siblings that loves country music. I was the one that fell in love with country. Actually, I find that my family is starting to listen to country more and more as I get into it. My Mom, she’s always asking me about country songs and this or that nowadays. So, I did convert some of them to country music, which is awesome.”
THE GEORGE STRAIT INFLUENCE
“I was driving and [“Troubadour”] came on for the first time. I wasn’t playing music yet, or maybe I had just started, but I didn’t intend on pursing music at all. I was going to school for business. I thought I was going to have the regular life, working for a company or something like that and that song came on but I didn’t know what it meant because I was like 20, 21 years old. The first line of that song is: ‘I still feel 25 most of the time.’ And I just thought to myself, I don’t know why I’m connecting so much to this song but I feel like one day I’m going to be the guy in that song looking back and wanting to have the stories and wanting to feel like I’ve been a bit of a troubadour and play music and travel the country and do all those things. I had no intentions of playing music, but I knew that I felt like that’s what I wanted to do. I set off on a path to figure that out from that point on.”
STORY BEHIND THE SONG
“I was at a bar in Nashville and had the idea of somebody saying I don’t want to lead you on and I was thinking like, ‘well if you’re led on, at least you have a chance.’ And if you’re not led on, then you’re out of the game. So I thought of that title and that idea and brought it to some writers and we wrote it. That idea of this guy who’s just saying, ‘I don’t care if it doesn’t work out, but at least if you’re leading me on it’s okay. I’m going to have a chance.’ I love having a title that when you hear it, you’re thinking one thing and then it goes a different way.”
THE SOUND OF MUSIC
“It’s definitely country music. I love ’90s country, so I love basing the sound quality off of real instruments and then adding a little bit of the commercial stuff to it. I would say my songs are mostly stories. I love tapping into somebody’s emotions, whether it’s happy or sad, we’ve got a little bit of both in the next songs that we’re going to be putting out. They’re just real country songs that are going to tell a little bit of the story in each one. Hopefully if I’m relating to them, I believe that there’s going to be a lot of people that can relate to them.
“I want everything that I’m recording to feel like I’ve at least experienced it or can imagine that scenario. I want to sing stuff that’s real and I want great songs that I can relate to. Whether I’ve written it or not, when I’m on stage singing it, I want people to feel it and believe it.
“I try to squeeze in hikes in the mornings before I head to my write or in the evenings if I’m not performing. I love hiking. I’m always walking trails and hiking and going for runs. I love to fish. I go on a fishing trip every year with three of my best buddies from High School. We’ve been doing that for the last 11 years now. I enjoy snowboarding, skiing, rafting, anything adventurous. I love adventures. I used to be a little bit of an adrenaline junky and I’ve toned that back these days. But I just love being outdoors and doing things that make you feel one with nature.”
“I’ve got more songs I’m working on. I’m writing every day. The next songs we put out, I’m not sure exactly on the timeline, we’re getting those ready. I am working on the next album right now.
“I’m going to keep playing shows and I’m on the road with an artist named Jon Langston. Those kind of shows are going to continue to start building and opening up for people and going on the road and doing some of those. It’s really exciting for me because I get to get back on stage . That’s why I started writing, so I can take those songs and perform them. I’m going to be writing more and getting ready for the next songs. We’re going to be tweaking those and getting those finished up and ready to release. I’ve a few more that I’ve got in store for everybody, so I’m excited about those. And then Christmas, hopefully spend some time with family and friends”