South Florida isn't known as a breeding ground for country music, but our climate did inspire at least one country singer in Tommy Dalton to pick up a guitar and belt out some tunes.
"I've always loved South Florida. Every time I'm down there, everyone is so supportive." Dalton told New Times. "But a buddy suggested I move to Nashville in 2009, and it's been one of the best decisions of my life. Everyone eats and breathes music here, which forces you to really bring out your best."
While most of the ten songs recorded for his new album were written by Dalton, one of them, "Oxygen" was written by a connection Dalton made while living in Nashville. "Brett James wrote 'Oxygen' for (Aerosmith's) Steven Tyler's solo album. I was lucky that Steven Tyler decided not to do that album because then he gave it to me." Dalton said. Brett James who had previously written number one hits for Carrie Underwood and Kenny Chesney had previously written for Dalton the songs "Something To Die For" and "It Don't Suck."
Dalton is excited by the strides he's made as a musician, and hopes he can be one small step for aspiring country singers throughout South Florida. "I know down there being into country music is a little different. Hopefully my songs are something everyone can enjoy."
To hear more of Tommy Dalton's music, visit tommydalton.com. His music is also available on iTunes and Spotify.