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Interview With Country Rocker Michael Dean Hall

Michael Dean Hall “It Really Sucks Getting Old”

Growing up in a musical family, Michael Dean Hall has music-making in his blood, picking up a natural interest in it at a young age. His sister played accordion, and both his father and his brothers Don and Clif played guitar. So, once he started playing along with them, his knack for singing and songwriting took off not long after. For a while, he actually tried giving up on music altogether, but ultimately, his gifted talent and undying passion for creating music kept drawing him back. Now, he is ready to conquer the music industry, taking his artistry and original music to the next level. Part of what makes Hall’s lyrics so powerful is that he writes about real and true facts of life. This constant and his Tennessee roots transpire in his latest country-rock single, “It Really Sucks Getting Old.”

From the struggles of bending over to tying your shoes or keeping up with the fast pace of your grandkids to realizing your vision and memory are not up to par with where they were when he was younger , Hall covers the bona fide reality that comes with aging in a lighthearted, humorous way. His twang-infused vocals and storytelling partner with the best parts of the country genre with an upbeat instrumental, bringing rock n’ roll’s leading guitars and driving drum beats to the track. What’s more, “It Really Sucks Getting Old” is just one of the great songs part of Hall’s Phases of Life album. If listeners have one takeaway from his newest single, it should be a good laugh to break up the world’s drama, badness, and sadness. The keys to this song’s success are its relatability and exploration of the common features of the adage familiar to people of all ages: “It Really Sucks Getting Old.”

Hall portrays the role of a grandfather in the music video, which takes viewers through a day spent with his grandson and trying to keep up with him through out the day. His grandson is played by his longtime little buddy, Jakob (also called JJ), whom Hall’s wife has babysat and watched grow up for over five years. Hall and Jakob’s innate bond from years of being together shines through the visual in its entirety, as the two spend time playing video games, making and producing music, and walking to get milkshakes at Soda Pop Junction in beautiful Lynnville Tn — a local favorite that is the home of the best hamburger and second-best milkshakes in the state of Tennessee! Fun fact – the owner of Soda Pop Junction Johnny Phelps can be seen behind the cash register in the short and sweet skit that can only be seen if you watch to the very end of this wholesome video.

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What is your earliest memory of writing your own music? How has your approach changed over time?

When I was ten I remember playing my guitar just strumming away to what ever came in my head at the time I just starting singing words with some of the riffs I was playing and came up with my first song.

What is your favorite type of music to create? What has influenced your sound?

My favorite type of music well I’m a classic rocker by trade and I love playing some good old classic rock but I feel with my voice I favor the country music especially when the majority of today’s country sounds like old classic rock that’s just my opinion. I crafted my sound off numerous players styles and mixed them all together and came up with the sound I use today

What was it like shooting the music video for “It Really Sucks Getting Old”? Did it stir up any memories of when you were younger?

That’s funny that you should ask that Yes Yes indeed. The atmosphere of the Soda Pop Junction gave me a feeling when I was young. We had a store similar to the soda pop junction I use to take my bottles there and cash them in and buy candy and ice cream yum yum to the tum tum. I also had memories of my Grandpa when he older he used a cane every once and awhile of a matter of fact it’s the cane I used in the video it’s hand made by my grandpa

Tell us about your most memorable performance, why did this particular memory stick out to you?

I guess I would have to say when I sang at the White House (DC) pageant of peace concert in eary 90’s. I wrote a song Titled Jesus Birthday and got to perform it at Pagaent of peace concert and it was really cool seeing the people watching enjoying the song got a good applause at the end and it made feel real good inside knowing people enjoyed my song

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