Parker McCollum has seen an insanely quick rise to fame in a short amount of time.
We’re talking from playing bars in front of 20 people, to ruling the Texas country music scene, and now, after signing with MCA Nashville, becoming a household name across the US with his major label debut album, Gold Chain Cowboy.
His single “Pretty Heart” just went Double Platinum” and his latest, “To Be Loved By You,” just went Gold.
With that being said, it’s always interesting going back and finding old interviews and performances of these now incredibly popular artists, back when they were fresh onto the scene, having no idea what was to come in their music careers.
After going down a couple rabbit holes, I found this gem of a Cluttered Corner Interview from Texas Music Chart with McCollum from back in 2015, when he was fresh off his debut album, The Limestone Kid.
Throughout the interview, he talks about growing up in Conroe, Texas, his music influences like John Mayer, to life on the road and how he got his start.
However, there was one particular section of the interview about how he got the nickname “The Limestone Kid,” and where it came from.
I’ve often wondered that, as I’ve seen numerous people reference him as that, it’s the name of his debut album, and he even refers to himself as The Limestone Kid in his song “All Day.”
“In the summer times, I grew up in Conroe, but in the summer me and my cousins would work on my grandfather’s ranch in Limestone County, which is just outside of Waco… It doesn’t really have anything to do with actual limestones.
We would work out there all summer long, and that’s when we were listening to all the guys who kinda influenced us playing music.
I was also obsessed with ‘The Houston Kid’ by Rodney Crowell, and I was really fascinated with Billy The Kid, so I kinda took my interest in that and put my own spin in it.”
So there ya have it, “The Limestone Kid” comes from Limestone County, Texas, the place that played a huge part in McCollum’s writing inspirations.