James Dupré Shares the Story of “You’re Probably Drunk Right Now” and His Nashville Favorites!

What was the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given about pursuing a career in music? Never stop. The ones who make a lasting impression in music are the ones who persevere despite the many ups and downs of the music business and the temptations to give up.

Where do you draw inspiration from when writing? It depends on the subject and what’s around me. I try to put myself in the situation surrounding the idea and just be as honest as possible.

What has changed in your life between recording your last album and your forthcoming album? My last album came out in 2016, and since then I feel I’ve grown as a songwriter. This will be my first album full of originals (maybe a good cover as well), and I can’t wait to throw it out into the world and let it live. I’ve also since gotten married and have a new baby girl at home!

Tell us about your new single, “You’re Probably Drunk Right Now.” This song has been around for a while now, I wrote it in 2011 I believe. It was written with Kyle Jacobs, John Ozier, and Ryan Tyndell. It’s about two lovers on the opposite sides of a breakup, going through the exact same thing. We loved the song immediately, but unfortunately it has taken this long for the right time to release it. It’s one of my favorites.

What can we expect from your upcoming music? I mentioned earlier that this album will be all originals. A lot of what I write about is love or lost love, and the possible drinking songs that go along with both. I write about Louisiana, and how I get homesick quite often. To me, honesty is the key.

What excites you most about the Nashville music scene right now? It just seems like it’s exploding, especially within the past 10 years. So many great venues of so many kinds. Lower Broadway is a blast, but if you want something different, there’s always someplace that’ll feed what you need. 

Can you remember your first trip to Nashville? It was the end of 2007, I remember before the plane even landed, I felt this excitement and knew that I’d eventually live here someday. I came across a place called Tin Roof on Demonbreun, sat down with a beer and a sandwich, and then Blake Shelton walked in and sat at the table next to me. My already high expectations of Nashville soared through the roof after that. 
What do you do on a day off in Nashville, no work allowed? These days I’m spending a lot of time with the family. Just had a baby girl last September so we’re looking forward to going to the parks and zoo once the weather warms up. 
What are some places you recommend for out-of-towners? “The Nashville Palace” has some of the coldest drinks in town, fantastic fried bologna sandwiches, and live country music that makes you feel like you’re back in time. 
“Winners” for “Whiskey Jam” on a Monday or Thursday night in Midtown – they showcase new and old talent and it’s an outright party. You never know who will show up! 
Sound’s Baseball Game at First Tennessee Park – despite being a minor league park, this stadium and atmosphere is by far the best baseball experience I’ve ever had. The Bandbox has great drinks, delicious food, and a party atmosphere right behind the right field wall. 
 
Favorite Nashville restaurant? Kayne Prime has the best steak, wine, hospitality, and overall atmosphere. I’d rate it a 10!
Other Nashville Favorites:
Breakfast: The Sutler for Saturday OR Sunday Brunch – there’s a live bluegrass band, bottomless mimosas, & a Bloody Mary bar. It’s top notch! 
Lunch: Taco Mamacita near Music Row is always a great bite between co-writes – the margaritas aren’t too bad either.
Dinner: Valentino’s has great Italian food and fantastic wine. The ambiance is perfect for an evening out. 
Place to get BBQ? Honey Fire in Bellevue. No questions asked. 
Nashville Hidden Restaurant Gem: McNamara’s – I discovered it mainly because I used to live nearby in Donelson. It’s a truly authentic Irish restaurant with great food and traditional live Irish music on the weekends. 
Best place to relax with a beer and listen to music: Scoreboard Bar & Grill has the best outdoor patio, tons of televisions, drink specials, tasty food, and exceptional live music. You can’t go wrong with the  Scoreboard in Music Valley!

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James Dupré, named one of “10 Country Artists You Need to Know,” by Rolling Stone Magazine, possesses an exceptionally stellar, pitch-perfect, baritone voice and has spent a great deal of time sharing that voice with his fans on social media platforms like YouTube, where today he is edging toward 11 million views. The former EMT-Paramedic is a Bayou Chicot, Louisiana native who currently lives in Nashville. James was handpicked by Randy and Mary Travis as a guest vocalist on The Music of Randy Travis 2019 fall tour. James performed 16 #1 Randy Travis hits with Travis’s original touring band, and Randy Travis appearing at each event. Stops include the legendary Mother Church of Country Music, The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN, among others. James’ most recent single, “Hurt Good” was produced by Jordan Lehning (Kasey Musgraves, Rodney Crowell) and Kyle Lehning (Dan Seals, George Jones, Randy Travis), and reached #24 on the Music Row Country Breakout Chart and #49 on the Billboard Indicator Chart. One might think that it all started when millions of viewers saw James get the highly coveted 4-chair turn, earning a spot with Adam Levine’s team on NBC’s The Voice, but this was not his first taste of fame. Before The Voice, James’ high visibility on YouTube captured the attention of Ellen DeGeneres, landing him a guest appearance on The Ellen Show. This national exposure was followed by the release of his album, Stoned to Death, produced by Jordan Lehning (Kacey Musgraves, Rodney Crowell). The album rendered the successful Billboard Indicator charting single by the same name, as well as over a million streams to date. James co-wrote the majority of the tracks on the album. James’ new single, “Another Love Song,” was recorded with Grammy-nominated producer, Matt McClure (Lee Brice). Fans can look forward to a new project with additional new material in 2020.