LEXINGTON, Ky. (6/15/13)—Country singer and songwriter George Molton has made his way back to Lexington to perform at Austin City Saloon on Woodhill Drive this weekend. It will be a return to his roots for the Kentucky crooner.
Starting at a young age, Molton has now been performing for 30 years.
“My first paying gig was in Ashland,” said Molton. “I was 14 and they paid me 25 dollars to play three songs. I am just like everyone else in the music business; you pick up gigs wherever they are available.”
Molton admitted that he used to put on Elvis and George Jones records and would sing to them.
“I had four brothers and I was the only one who listened to country music,” he said. “My dad and I would go fishing and hunting together and listen to George Jones the entire day.”
While his brothers were listening to R&B, metal, and hip-hop, he says that one particular person influenced his song writing.
“Randy Travis’ first album is what really got me started on country,” said Molton. “After hearing that I went and bought a guitar and a chord book and locked myself up and began to write.”
Molton’s big break was in 1999.
“I followed Billy Ray Cyrus in a concert before he left Huntington,” he said. ”After that things started picking up and happening.”
In 1999 Molton began playing at Austin City Saloon and continued until 2007. During his time at Austin City he was able to meet people that helped further his career, such as John Michael Montgomery.
“It’s a crazy thought to remember going and driving around to sit on the hood of my truck and play guitar for my friends and to think about now,” said Molton. “It’s a feeling that is hard to describe when I sing ‘Fly On’ and the audience knows the words to my songs as well as I do.”
Just like most musicians, he had career goals for himself. He claims though music is not so much what he does anymore, it’s who he is. Writing songs and playing music is his favorite past time.
“I always said that if I wasn’t at a certain place when I was 30 I was quitting…well I wasn’t and I didn’t,” Molton said about his career path so far. “Then I said if I'm not there by the time I'm 40 I was quitting, well I wasn’t and I didn’t.”
The majority of the songs that Molton writes and sings are taken from personal experiences. One of his biggest hits, “Fly On,” is one song that he will never reveal the story behind.
“After it has affected so many people in different situations I decided I’d never tell what the song was really about so they could use the song in whatever way they needed to,” he said. “When you know you hit a nerve with someone, it feels good.”
In the future, he doesn’t see himself stopping what he loves to do.
“If I am lucky enough to live until I am 80, I will write until the day that I die,” he said.
Molton will be taking the stage at Austin City this weekend, and then will be making an appearance downtown at the Toasted Barrel next Saturday night.
Photo provided by George Molton
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