I first heard of Dillon Carmichael while watching a morning show on Periscope. I’ve been a viewer of Kelly Embry for about two years. The former radio deejay now hosts his own Periscope ‘radio’ show from his home every morning (6-8 a.m. CT). Those of you who have a Periscope account, enjoy country music, fun facts, and good friends will definitely want to join in. Just head over to Periscope and follow Keltuckian (Kelly Embry) to get notifications about broadcasts.
Didn’t mean to get into all that – this article is about Dillon Carmichael. But, that was important. Since I had heard Dillon’s music on the morning show, I already knew I liked what I was hearing. I’m not sure why I never got an article up about him – but when someone asked me about it today, I figured a Country’s Chatter article was way overdue.
The opening line on Dillon’s bio is as well written as it is true – “Dillon Carmichael’s family musical roots run almost as deep as his voice.” The bio goes on to tell us that his grandfather, Harold Carmichael, was part of a Gospel Quartet in the 1960’s and 70’s. And, his Grandpa Harold Montgomery played country music at the Grand Ole Opry. That brings us to his uncles, John Michael Montgomery and Eddie Montgomery, I don’t believe there is a country music fan who doesn’t know those two.
Dillon tells fans that his musical aspirations started around his 11th birthday, when his dad gave him a guitar. He never took lessons, but taught himself to play. He formed a band with friends and began competing in local talent shows. After winning several of those competitions the band started playing gigs for tips on boat docks around area lakes.
After the band broke up, Dillon started writing his own songs. He then started playing bars around Kentucky, where he met a music publisher from Nashville. After graduating from high school in 2012, he moved to Nashville. He is now writing with many of Nashville’s top songwriters and is currently working on music for his new album.
I listened to a lot of Dillon’s music, both on his website, and on YouTube. I think my favorite song was “It’s Simple”. It’s country music, about country life, about things that mean something to me… and I’m guessing to a lot of us. The video has scenes familiar to everyone who lives in a small town – the lyrics talk about love, church, children, home, love of country, and life’s secrets. I don’t know who wrote this, But, I know it’s good. And, I’m not sure why we haven’t heard this one on country music radio all over the country.
While I picked that one as my favorite, it is just a sample of what Dillon has to offer – and I’ll have to admit, he really had me at “Merle”. His video “Old Songs Like That” (A Tribute to Merle haggard), is beautifully done. Dillon sings with an experience that seems to be older than his years. The song was written by Tom Botkin, Michael Rogers and Dillon, and features Michael on Acoustic guitar. Dillon takes has the lead vocals, and Michael jumps in with background vocals. I wanted to include a video with this post, and wasn’t sure which one I wanted – so we’re giving you two! Below is “Old Song Like That”, and at the bottom of the post, you will get “It’s Simple”.
In addition to Dillon’s website, visit his Facebook page, and remember to “Like” it while you are there. have a look at his YouTube channel, where you can watch some great videos. You can follow him on Twitter @dilloncmuzic. If you aren’t already following Country’s Chatter on Twitter, we’d love to have you. You will find us @countryschatter.http://www.countryschatter.com/2017/03/dillon-carmichael-proves-keeping-things-simple-is-sometimes-best/New ArtistsDillon Carmichael,facebook,Grand Ole Opry,It's Simple,John Michael Montgomery,merle haggard,montgomery gentry