It’s been a crazy ride watching Post Malone’s rap career blossom into this unique connection to country music.
We’ve seen the man go from jamming to “Sold” by John Michael Montgomery, and playing with guys like Dwight Yoakam, Keith Urban, and Blake Shelton, to wanting to collab with other country artists, and then his stellar performance of Brad Paisley’s “I’m Gonna Miss Her” and Sturgill Simpson’s “You Can Have The Crown” for Matthew McConaughey’s “We’re Texas” campaign.
That being said, Post Malone recently announced the release date for his upcoming studio album, Austin. The fifth studio album of his career, Austin is set to drop on July 28th and will feature previously released “Chemical” as well as a new one called “Mourning” that will be out this week.
Calling the new project “some of the most challenging and rewarding music,” he added that he played guitar on every song:
“It’s been some of the funnest music, some of the most challenging and rewarding music for me, at least… trying to really push myself and really do some cool stuff.
I played guitar on every song on the record, and it was a really, really fun experience, and I’m super, super excited to share it with you.”
Even though he says he played guitar on it, I don’t think he’ll feature any country tunes on the record, despite toying with the idea of releasing a country project for a while now. He’s said multiple times in the past that he’d like to collaborate with George Strait and that there is “nothing stopping him” from making a country record someday.
It’s been well-documented that Post has been a country fan since he was a youngin’, as his dad introduced him to the genre at a young age, while growing up in Grapevine, TX.
In fact, Post’s father, Rich Post, did an interview a couple of years back with CBS Dallas-Fort Worth, discussing what it’s like to be the father of such a huge rap star, while also taking a little trip through his hometown.
They even stop at the first place the rapper ever played live music, Napoli’s Italian Restaurant in downtown Grapevine. Jaime Gage, general manager of the restaurant, recalls Post playing there very well:
“He played a lot of southern rock and a lot of country, which you know you wouldn’t expect from him now, but he did a great job.”
Yep, that’s right.
Before his huge rap career, and the level of stardom that we all know today, Post Malone’s first gig was singing southern rock and country covers at a local Italian restaurant.
I mean how cool would that be?
Enjoying some pasta, maybe a splash of red wine, and you’re being serenaded by Post Malone with a little “Sweet Home Alabama” or perhaps some George Strait. Sure beats the hell out of Olive Garden…
Making a country a record would be a full circle moment for Post, taking him right back to where it all started for him.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again… make it happen Posty.
Make it happen.