Styles Haury Reflects On Lessons Learned From His Father In Touching New Single, “A Man That Didn’t Know Nothin’”
Styles Haury, a country artist on the rise, has come quite a ways from performing in his dad’s garage in…
Styles Haury; Photo by Jessica Amerson Photography
Styles Haury, a country artist on the rise, has come quite a ways from performing in his dad’s garage in Ohio to living in Nashville, TN and preparing for the release of his upcoming debut project. The excitement for his forthcoming album begins with the release of the lead track, “A Man That Didn’t Know Nothin.’”
Having people who believe in you and your dreams is a huge driving force in becoming successful in the industry. This single is inspired by Haury’s dad, who is one of those people that’s always supported him in his musical ambitions, even if that meant selling his car. The lyric video for this single showcases the great bond he has with his father through a plethora of old, heartwarming photos of them together, ending with a photo of Haury, his father and his new baby girl.
“There wasn’t a Christmas or a birthday that went by when my did didn’t give me some sort of musical gift,” Haury told Country Now. “Every year he got me something that you could use to pursue your dream in music. I was unwrapping a piece of musical gear one way or another….all the way to adulthood. He just helped us purchase a tour bus. When I first was moving to Nashville, he even sold his Corvette to help finance the move and being able to record and cut the music that I had been writing.”
Kids don’t often realize the gravity of what their parents did for them growing up. Now that he is an adult, Haury is able to better understand the reasons for his father’s words and actions. This realization is what developed into the touching release, “A Man That Didn’t Know Nothin.’”
“When we got into the writing room, and that title came up it was just immediately this moment of reflection. It’s a reflection story. Where I’ve been to where I am now, to the relationship with a dad that is extremely supportive but from the school of hard knocks and growing up you know you swore he didn’t know anything, and you knew it all, but you end up realizing that you really did learn so much from your dad along the way. And it also is a play on that saying, ‘oh you’re right, I don’t know nothing.’ I thought of my dad always saying that as a kid. It made me think of him a lot, especially now that we are older and live a few states a part.”
The Northeast Ohio native has pretty much always followed his passions for music, even from a young age. He formed his first band in the 4th grade from his dad’s garage, and that experience, along with all the other observations he made growing up and hearing the classic country sounds in his home, has led him to where he is today.
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“My mom’s dad played the banjo and my parents always had Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, and ACDC playing in the background,” Haury shared. “Growing up my dad let a band practice in his mechanic shop, and I used to go out and watch them play as a young kid too. I first remember knowing I wanted to play music, probably around 8 years old, after watching that band practice in the garage. But looking back I also have photos of me in diapers with instruments, I just naturally gravitated towards it as a kid I guess.”
In “A Man That Didn’t Know Nothin,’” along with the rest of the 14 tracks that will make up his debut album, Haury wears his heart on his sleeve as he shares his life stories and all the good and the bad that came in between.
“I think it’s fair to say the theme is my life, and the story, and the life lessons and when there is so much to live for and so much to love and so much family to be around and cherish. It’s a timeline of my life so far, and even though I’m only about to be 27, it’s a quarter of a life. That’s a quarter out of a dollar- a big chunk- of a lifetime. In a nutshell, it’s the story of my life so far.”
Now that he is experiencing a new chapter in his life as a dad to his little girl, River Eve Haury, with his hometown love, Brianna Haury, he has come to understand why his own dad did all that he did to see his son so happy.
“Well, there is a song on the record that is about becoming a dad. I think a lot of my feelings about it are summarized in there, in a nutshell. For the first time in my life, it makes you have both hands on the wheel. It changes the entire way you’re wired, the entire reason that you’re here. All of it.”
Styles Haury’s full debut album will be released in early 2022.
Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.