I had zero experience in such a role, but traveling the country with pirate rock and rollers sounded like the perfect first job for me. Mars and I immediately hit it off and began a yearlong journey.
Throughout, we put the pedal down and didn’t let up.
He said he wrote 150 songs during his time in Nashville.
“In 125 of them, I’m singing about beer and tractors and all of this other bull---t because you have to in Nashville,” he said.
The first Violent Femmes record also figured significantly into his development as a musician. Mars' family moved to Jackson, Mississippi when he was a senior in high school.
“I recorded it in Austin,” he said in an interview with the Sun Herald.In 1998, after wrangling a degree from the University of Florida and wrapping up an internship in Atlanta, I was preparing to begin my career.Fate, destiny or something magical was going on and I had a meeting with a guy named Rich Walsh who asked me what I thought about going on the road as a tour manager for Charlie Mars, a musician he managed.“And I base my touring on where the singles are doing well — in 2008, I had a AAA programmer take a chance on my song ‘Listen to The Darkside’ and if he had not done that, I probably wouldn’t be talking to you now because I went from having 50 people at my shows to 750.” He said he plans to release “She Ain’t Coming Back,” the first song on “Beach Town,” as the album’s lead single.“It’s left-of-the-dial enough to fit in on AAA radio but it sounds commercial enough to be on country radio,” he said.
He was lead singer and guitarist in a band called Adley Madidafus in high school.