From toddler pals to high school bandmates to tour openers for country acts such as Jake Owen and Lee Brice, Outshyne has organically grown into a solid country rock presence. Lead vocalist, Waylon Owings, filled us in on the band’s journey, camaraderie, and latest music.

Whenever you’re preparing to break into a very saturated industry you’re really trying to differentiate yourself. It’s almost impossible to predict what’s going to be popular in 2015 or 2016. And that’s where “Be Yourself With Me” came from. We can only do what we like. We hope to be on the cutting edge but we can’t guarantee it so we’re just trying to do what we like!

Accomplished recording artist and songwriter, whose cuts include Martina McBride’s “Independence Day” and Patty Loveless’ “You Don’t Even Know Who I Am” chatted with us in part one of a two-part interview about her songwriting.