Music has always been very important to Indiana native Scott Coner. The singer grew up in John Mellencamp country – near Seymour, which is also down the road from a very popular country music showplace. "I lived close to a place called the Little Nashville Opry in Brown County, Indiana. My family went there almost every weekend, so we were seeing people like Ernest Tubb, Jerry Reed, and Tanya Tucker just about every weekend. We went all the time," he said with a hint of nostalgia.
One of his family members was a featured part of the show, and that whetted his appetite to develop his musical talents. "My sister was one of the warm up acts on the Opry, and seeing them and being exposed to so much music found itself on me. I think every kid gets involved in rock or southern rock, then you go away from that a little. This is where we're at now."
Coner's musical journey is highlighted with the release of his new EP, "Feels Like Friday." Veteran singer / songwriter David Lee Murphy helped to co-write the title track, the EP's first single, but he's not the only recognizable voice on the album. "We're putting a lot of stock on it, and we've got Tanya Tucker on one cut, 'Maybe She Lied,' and T. Graham Brown on 'Sanibel.' I'm so excited about it." The disc was produced by Greg Wright (Sammy Kershaw).
Recording with the legendary Tucker was a huge moment for Coner. "I sat there, and remembered as a little boy getting to see her. She was just a young girl then, and to be in the same room as her is such an incredible honor. To hear her on a really nice set of headphones on a great microphone, and to know she's as good today as ever, that was the ultimate for me. She's a legend. I think she's one of the finest female vocalist, if not overall vocalists we've ever had."
Recording with Brown was also a career moment, says Coner. "He's got a lot of blues. We recorded together, and I was listening that his voice was so much bigger than mine, but we got it balanced out. The force that comes out of him is amazing. I remember being a fan of all of his hits, like 'Darlene."
While Coner has loved music all his life, he took a different path to actually pursuing a career in the business. "I didn't start until I was in my 40s. A long time ago, I recorded some music with Charlie Daniels, but my wife got pregnant, so I put everything on hold to be a dad and to be there with them. My little girl is getting ready to go to college, so this was a good time to get back into it full time. I just didn't feel good about leaving my family behind, but now I'm hoping that people will become attached to the music. I never quite wanting to do this, but there's a time and place for everything. I needed to be around my girl and my wife."
Now, with "Feels Like Friday" released, he's ready to hit the road – playing concerts and visiting radio stations nationwide. He's more than ready, he tells The 615. "I've never got to see much of the country. I know everything between here and home, and that's it."