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Great music can be a lot like a good drink---bracing yet subtle, cool but accessible. It’s strong enough to pack an emotional punch, yet unexpectedly tender in a way that leaves a stain on your soul. Radio Romance delivers that caliber of music.
Lead vocalist Sam Hayes, guitarist Josh Gramling and drummer Moises Padilla are Radio Romance, a Nashville-based trio rapidly gaining a reputation for no-holds-barred honesty in their songwriting and a fresh, distinctive sound that owes as much to their musical differences as it does their common bond. “We all have different backgrounds, so there’s a little bit of influence from different genres,” says Hayes, “but it all definitely points back to country music. We’re focused on the small town country music that we grew up listening to and living.”
The members of Radio Romance have forged a cohesive bond, a shared passion for writing and creating their own unique brand of music. “We wanted to be a band,” says Hayes. “We wanted to do it ourselves. We wanted to play our music. If somebody hears something, it’s us playing on it, singing it and writing the song.”
The young musicians have amassed a great deal of experience on the road opening for such acts as Phil Vassar, ZZ Top, and Luke Bryan, yet much of their musical education came from the hallowed honky-tonks on Nashville’s famed Lower Broadway. “We just played together so much for two years, literally every night for four hours, and that’s shaped the way we play our originals,” says Gramling. “A lot of times bands don’t have that experience in playing together so much. I feel that’s helped us a ton.”
Adds Hayes, “We developed a full blown show. We got a chance to do it our own way and it taught us a lot. We’ve actually been really blessed to have quite a following that we’ve gathered from Broadway. I would have never thought in a million years that by playing on Broadway we would have a following in cities like Cincinnati, Chicago and places like that. We have a huge following from people who come in and visit and keep in touch with us through Facebook and the Internet.”
The band’s name was inspired by the title of an Eddie Rabbitt album hanging on the wall at Legend, a well-known Nashville watering hole. Looking up at the album cover as they counted tips at the end of long night, the trio felt inspired and challenged to carve their own path and cultivate their own romance with not just the gatekeepers at radio, but the fans whose support has spurred them on. They see songwriting as the key to further developing that relationship with their audience. “The singer and songwriter aspect of country music is very appealing because it allows you to tell a story and express yourself,” says Josh. “I just think that’s really cool.
“We’ve been far enough long in life to realize that there are good and bad days,” says Padilla. “It’s how you react to those things and how you apply them to your life, how you turn around and let them effect other people around you. That’s reflected in the songwriting.”
Whether they are delivering a heartfelt ballad or romping their way through an incendiary up-tempo tune, Radio Romance knows how to take their audience on a journey, and this romance looks sure to be a long-term relationship.