Bullard returning to home state
Chris Bullard is an Oklahoma boy made good. Originally from Ardmore, he now calls Nashville his home.
Soon this native Oklahoman will be back in his home state when he opens for Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band on April 6 at the Fort Sill Polo Field.
Bullard, who has always had an affinity for music, said that it was his mother who gave him the push he needed to really dive into it.
"She saw that I had a propensity for it," Bullard said. "I remember, just recently, we were home for the holidays watching these old home videos. In one, my mom and dad had bought me a kid-sized piano. And I remember thinking about how music has been around me for as long as I can remember."
Even Bullard's grandparents were musically gifted. His grandfather sang and played guitar and his grandmother was a singer.
"It just runs in my blood, really," Bullard said.
Bullard first picked up a guitar at age 7, by age 9 his mother had bought him lessons and he was beginning to find his voice.
"I just hear music in a way where it's almost visible. I see it, it's so alive to me. It's something I knew I was always meant do."
Though his genre is country, Bullard, who grew up in the '90s, was inspired by much of the alternative rock that permeated the era.
"Every '90s rock song that came on the radio, I'd record. From Nirvana and the Foo Fighters, to Pearl Jam. But my grandparents were singers and musicians, and their love was country music. So it was always this blend of what I as a young kid was loving on the radio and country," Bullard said.
Bullard has been living in Nashville for about six years. Before that he lived in Texas, and was heavily involved in the country music scene there. He's toured around the country, his popularity and reach growing with each stop. But coming home to Oklahoma is special for him.
"Oklahoma, it has this pace of life that you can't explain to people, you just have to experience it," Bullard said. "When Oklahomans are with other Oklahomans, it's like we just get each other automatically. The songs I write all come from that Oklahoma boy."