Blake Haney took the long way around to songwriting. He grew up in Red Bank, TN loving to tell stories, so it was only natural he chose creative writing as a minor at Austin Peay State University. His first classes were in “flash fiction,” which is a form of short story writing focused on telling a story in, at most, a page and a half. “It taught me to make every word count.”
A move to Nashville in 2015 sealed the songwriting deal. “I’d dabbled for years, and was just dangerous enough to write some lines I felt really great about.” His first co-write yielded the song, “Summer Thunder.” His co-writer, Adam Mac, thought it was a strong enough start to include on his debut album, Horizon. From there, Blake was hooked.
His debut EP, Bottle Rockets, Booze, & Boys was influenced by a wide range of artists, from Lee Ann Womack and Jason Isbell to William Faulkner and Louise Erdrich.
“Bottle Rockets, Booze, and Boys perfectly captures those summer moments where the air itself feels alive with electricity, longing, and a delicious danger and you’re drunk on possibilities and the stars that go on forever in the country sky.”
– Strange Fire Magazine