“Only God Could Love” Fargo More
Published: Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 14:09
When country song “Lover, Lover” went platinum in 2012, artist Jerrod Niemann found a special place in his heart for Fargo, N.D.
Fargo had downloaded the song the most times, Niemann discovered when he looked at a chart showing where downloads were coming from in the nation. And Niemann is happy to be coming back to see some of his loyal fans on Saturday and vows he won’t let them down.
“I’m a huge fan of music, and I love going to watch concerts,” Niemann said. “I cannot not stand being bored to death…we will try to get everyone involved.”
Niemann understands that people spend their hard-earned money to see shows, so they expect to get their money’s worth. This can be especially true for college students. He says he wants everyone to have a great time.
Niemann’s lastest album, “Free the Music” includes singles “Shinin’ on Me,” as well as his newest hit, “Only God Could Love You More.”
Niemann said his favorite era of country music is the ‘50s, but for this album, Niemann drew inspiration from the 1920s. He incorporated the pedal steel guitar, horns, fiddles and other string instruments to achieve a similar—but more updated—sound.
“If everyone sounded just the same, you wouldn’t have new people giving country music a chance,” he said. “People would be regurgitating the same material.”
Niemann predicts in 30 to 40 years, today’s country music will all sound very traditional.
“About every 10 years, a group of artists come out and takes chances,” Niemann said and referenced the likes of Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings.
“When they came out, they were very progressive…they stuck true to [their] message and what they were and became these gigantic icons,” he said. “It just shows you that country music can accept many influences, and I think time is also very good to music. It always makes it sound better over the years.”
Niemann has performed with artists Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton and Brad Paisley; he has written songs for country music legend Garth Brooks; and also collaborated with Colbie Callait in “All About You.”
Niemann says Brooks has been his favorite person to write with, and said, “To be around someone who has been involved with music forever is something I never thought I’d be able to say.”
Shelton and Paisley have been his favorite people to perform with. Niemann chuckled when he explained, “I got to learn what I should do on stage from Brad Paisley and what not to do backstage from Blake Shelton.”
Niemann first heard about his newest single “Only God Could Love You More” while he was cooking out at friend Lee Brice’s house on the Fourth of July. Another one of his friends pitched the song idea to Niemann, and the song’s message provoked strong feelings for him.
“You start playing the song, and [listeners] interpret it in their own lives,” Niemann said. “There’s not a better feeling for a singer or songwriter that a song helped them get to a place they needed to be. That’s why it became my favorite song on the whole album.”
Fans can expect even more from Niemann in the future with the release of his new single titled “I Can Drink to That All Night” scheduled to for release Oct. 21. Niemann said that more than anything, people listen to music to get in a certain mood. With his easy laugh, Niemann said he hopes “I Can Drink to That All Night” can be that song people listen to before they go out on a Friday or Saturday night while they’re getting ready and waiting for they’re friends to show up to have a good time.
Niemann’s Saturday show will at the The Venue at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. General admission tickets can be purchased for $23 prior to the show and $25 at the door.