Cypress Spring was always a summertime destination for Vernon “Nub City,” Fla., residents to kick it on the pontoons. Now, four natives of the 2-mile-long Florida Panhandle town are bringing Cypress Spring to the “Hick Hop” scene. Paul Roche, Kalan Miller, Tyler Ackerman, Greg Hogue, Austin Murr, and William Steverson have big plans as they take on the genre with a “cowboy up or sit down” attitude.
At 16 years old, Paul joined his dad’s southern rock band. He played gigs in bars before he was old enough to get in, covering songs by artists like Lynyrd Skynyrd and Merle Haggard. Kalan is a rapper influenced by artists like Nelly, T.I. and Ludacris. The lifelong friends went from kids playing together in the dirt to musicians playing together on stage. They met up to write two years ago, and by August 2013 they were a band merging country and rap as Cypress Spring.
Their town of 750 people and one streetlight inspires their music. The four guys live by hunting, fishing, mudding and “shinedrating” – hydrating with moonshine. They spent a month writing and a week recording their debut studio album, which they’re excited to release soon through Average Joes Entertainment (also home to Colt Ford, Lenny Cooper, The LACS, Bubba Sparxxx and many others). You’ll hear songs about dropping a tailgate, bumping a good song on a dirt road and being proud of where you’re from.
“All three of us have appreciated and loved music all our lives. Finally, this is our moment to take what we’ve learned and our passion and share it with the world.”