All through his teenage years, Tucker Beathard had dreams of making it as a baseball player and seemed destined to play college ball at Middle Tennessee State University. A few years later he hit a home run, but it wasn't with a bat, it was with his music.
In 2016, the 21-year-old released "Rock On," an energetic country song with a heavy rock influence. The song, written by him and his famous songwriter father Casey Beathard, blazed it's way up the charts and currently sits at No. 5 on the country airplay chart.
"It's been crazy," he told Wonderwall.com of his meteoric rise. "Being on the radio is such a big game changer. It's awesome to be playing shows and seeing people sing along. It went from 60 [mph] to 100 [mph] pretty quick. It's been a lot of fun, but it's started to really escalate at a lot faster pace."
That's what happens with hit songs. That's also what happens when you gain the respect of your peers.
"Eric Church text my dad and said that 'Rock On' was really well done," Tucker said. "That's pretty cool. Gaining his respect is pretty crazy, because I think Eric is really good at what he does."
He's also spent the summer touring with Dierks Bentley.
Now, though, Tucker is ready to give the world a little more material with his upcoming six-song EP, "Fight Like Hell," which is set to be released on Oct. 7. Among the songs on the EP is "Momma and Jesus."
"It's about all the stuff you've gotten into in the teenage years and all the stuff you did and thank god that momma and Jesus didn't give up on me," he said. "It takes a strong woman to be able to not only raise a kid but try to steer him in the right direction. I was just kind always getting into things and at times I thought they were gonna send me to military school and let someone else deal with it, but thank god they didn't."
He cautions that he didn't he didn't get into anything "too bad" though. After all, momma and Jesus know all!
In anticipation of his upcoming EP, Wonderwall.com got an exclusive first look at "Momma and Jesus."