We had the good fortune of connecting with Cody Bolden and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Cody, can you share the most important lesson you’ve learned over the course of your career?
Hard work is the solution! Patience is also key, but hard work seems to be the common denominator. I’ve found that if you do something long enough with the right discipline, you’re bound to be successful at it. If you want to be better, work harder.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a singer and songwriter of country music. I grew up in a household largely influenced by outlaw country, southern rock, folk and bluegrass music. Although neither of my parents played any instruments, music found it’s way into our daily rituals via the radio in our kitchen. I’m not sure I can recall a meal being prepared without a Lynyrd Skynyrd riff or the sweet sounds of Alison Kraus from the “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” soundtrack filling the kitchen air waves. Through these early inspirations, I discovered a love for the song and lyrical content. To me, songs are short stories and should stand up on their own, instrumentation should only enhance the experience. When writing, I think it’s important to be true and come from a place that uses my own experiences as a guiding light. In 2018, I had my first opportunity to form a band and play a “real” show. I’ve been hooked since! I spent most of 2019 playing small bars as a solo artist trying to get better and learn the industry. During that time, we formed my current band, Cody Bolden and The Road Hands. We also released our debut Single, “Yonderway”, along with our debut EP, “Cody Bolden”. The Road Hands: Jason Holland-Drums Matt Henderson-Keys Ben Williams-Bass Coming into 2020, we head good momentum and a number of new opportunities ahead. Then Covid-19 took over. Like everyone else in the music industry, our world stopped! I went back to work at Pie Bar (retail pie bakery owned with my wife) and focused on matters that were within my control. During our downtime, the band started recording our first full-length album and hope to start releasing songs in early 2021! I am excited about the year ahead and how these new songs will be received. Our sound has been shaped over the last two years and I feel that we appeal to a larger audience based on what each musician brings to the table.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I live in Downtown Canton so most of my activities would be OTP North. We’d walk down to Reformation Brewery for a cold beer, then peruse The Mill on Etowah to marvel at the old hardwood floors and ceilings. We’d go downtown to Queenie’s for their bone-in pork chop with a side of collard greens and butter beans, after that we’d take a few steps to Green Line Brewery for a local brew. We’d get a latte and avocado toast from Great and Plenty then work up our appetite again by visiting the park that runs along the Etowah River. I’d then take them to The Shuffle Inn for chicken wings and live music! As the weekend approaches, we’d head to the Madlife patio in Downtown Woodstock for more local live music and great food.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Lauren E. Bolden Without a doubt, my greatest inspiration is my business partner and wife! Lauren is the hardest working, most compassionate and driven person I’ve ever met. She has the ability to express her thoughts and feelings into words that captivate and encourage those around her. She is a fearless leader, feverishly funny writer and most importantly, tough but fair.
Jason Holland Murphy Martin