“Fight like hell, don’t back down.”
They’re simple words with a powerful, relatable meaning and they’re also the words to the chorus of rising country singer-songwriter Tucker Beathard’s title track off his new EP, “Fight Like Hell.”
In many ways, 21-year-old Beathard’s “Fight Like Hell” is also an anthem for his career and the long songwriting journey that’s still ahead of him. But it’s safe to say Beathard knows a thing or two about how hard he has to fight to get to the top.
“Fight Like Hell” not only reflects Beathard’s journey as a rising country star, but it also delves into the trials and tribulations of life and the lessons it teaches, evident in the album’s opening track, “I’ll Take On The World With You.” The song tells the story of Beathard growing up with his brother and the importance of having each other’s backs in any situation (even when their parents found cigarettes under the bed).
“We ain’t gotta say, yeah we got enough proof, from the heavenly highs and the hell we’ve been through,” Beathard sings.
Family ties run deep for Beathard. His father, Casey Beathard, co-wrote four tracks on the album. Tucker’s father also wrote Kenny Chesney’s “Don’t Blink” and Eric Church’s “Homeboy,” which was inspired by Tucker’s “rebellious phase” when he gave up a baseball scholarship to pursue a musical career. Beathard shares a peek of those wilder days later in the album on the song “Mama and Jesus.”
The second track, “Rock On,” is Beathard’s debut single and is a heavier, rocker anthem, with a little bit of “teenage angst” sprinkled into it, Beathard said in a press release. It’s the type of song you want to crank up after a breakup, regardless of whether he/she was the one who got away. The sound of “Rock On” draws from both Beathard’s rock and country influences.
“I love anything with great melodies and I’m drawn to the little things,” Tucker said. “When I listen to Led Zeppelin, I focus on John Bonham’s drums. Or Joe Walsh’s guitar licks in the Eagles. And Hank Williams Jr.’s ‘Family Tradition’ is as country songwriting as it gets.”
Beathard carries on with stories of love and relationships in his third track, “20-10 Tennessee.” The song is heavily laced with a metaphor of holding on to love and holding on to win a big football game.
“I’ve always been a huge fan of deep songs, and I’ve always liked poems,” Beathard continues. “I’m an introvert, but writing songs that go beneath the surface allows me the chance to open up a piece of myself.”
This year alone, the Big Machine Label Group artist has performed nearly 200 live performances both on his own, as well as with country star Dierks Bentley. After releasing his new six-track EP, which dropped Oct. 7 and quickly rose to No. 1 on the iTunes Top Country Albums Chart, Beathard is now hitting the road again.
Beathard will be both fighting on and rocking on throughout the fall at Big Ten college campuses for his first headlining “ROCK ON COLLEGE TOUR” with country singer-songwriter Aubrie Sellers, which kicks off Oct. 13 at the University of Illinois in Champaign, Illinois. After wrapping up performances at Big Ten Conference towns this fall, Beathard will return to Europe for the second time this year with headlining dates beginning Dec. 3 in Dublin.
For a full list of tour dates and more information on “Fight Like Hell” visit Beathard’s official website.