Music has always been a way for those coming of age to express the frustrations of finding their place in the world, and with his new EP, Fight Like Hell, 21-year-old singer-songwriter Tucker Beathard does just that. But in the context of country music.
Arriving today (October 7th), Beathard’s EP helps expand on the story of a wayward son that was first told (with some exaggerations) in Eric Church’s “Homeboy.” That song was co-written by Beathard’s father – hit maker Casey Beathard – about his sometimes-rebellious son, but with Fight Like Hell, Tucker gets a chance to tell his own tales.
Six songs (all co-written by the younger Beathard) are featured in the set, including his Top Five debut “Rock On” and the title track – a tough modern rocker that also has a softer side, which Beathard says is “the best representation of me.” (Listen to the song below.)
“I wanted to make a universal anthem,” says Beathard of the inspiring song, co-written with his dad, Dan Isbell and Jonathan Singleton. “Whatever you are going through, just stay tough and fight like hell. I think it can apply to a lot of situations, big or small, and it’s definitely how I approach a lot of things in my life.”
With wailing guitars and lyrics about having your back against a wall or being swallowed up by a tide that refuses to turn, Beathard says he hopes others – especially the younger generation of fans – will feel less alone in their struggles.
“I really discovered myself through songwriting, it is my best therapy and outlet,” he says. “Everyone is going through something, and I hope when people hear this song it pushes them forward and helps in some way.”
Beathard previously released a raw, lightly-produced EP called The Demos – Vol. 1, but with Fight Like Hell he sets the stage for what’s to come, while also revealing some of his backstory, one that many listeners might find all too familiar. But according to Beathard, there really is light at the end of the tunnel.
“I’m excited to have more music out there,” he says. “Each song tells a bit more about me and my sound, and it’s sort of a cool timeline to look back on, too. Some of these songs I wrote in high school, some I wrote a few months ago.”
The Fight Like Hell EP is available now. Watch Beathard talk about the project in a behind-the-scenes video above.