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WATCH: Exclusive Interview with Aria recording artist Stephen Cochran at Boomers Roadhouse

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Friday, 27 February, 2009 11:09 PM

EXCLUSIVE: Stephen Cochran performs at Boomers; Prepares for Downtown Hoedown

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Cochran performs at Boomers Roadhouse in Waterford

by Jason Rzucidlo
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WATCH: Exclusive Interview with Aria recording artist Stephen Cochran at Boomers Roadhouse

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WATERFORD, Mich. -- Country music star Stephen Cochran just got off the stage at Boomer's Roadhouse. His entire family was there to watch him perform in Waterford, Mich. A friend of his from the military even came by to watch the performance. The hometown star announced that he will be performing at Detroit's Downtown Hoedown on Friday, May 15. The world's largest free country music festival is a show that he's been wanting to play for many years. This year, his dream will come true.

Cochran was born in Pikeville, Kentucky and grew up in Waterford, Mich. He is the son of a struggling songwriter and artist. Cochran was greatly upset by the events of 9/11 so he joined the Marines and was deployed to Iraq. He returned home and then went to Afghanistan. Cochran lost a good friend to enemy fire and came home with a broken back. He was determined to sing country music.

"Boomer is a personal family friend of mine," Cochran said of performing at the roadhouse. "I've actually known Boomer since I was like six years old. All my cousins ride bikes together. Growing up in Michigan, that's where I get my love of Harleys. Boomers Roadhouse is just coming home. My goal is to get big enough to where the only place you can see me in Waterford, Michigan is at Boomers."

How did your father help you become a country music singer?

"I always grew up knowing that music was something I wanted to do," he responded. "I just had to find the reason and the drive behind it. My service in the military gave me the passion to write the songs that I do and I have to give my father credit as a songwriter and a singer of giving me the drive to know that it can happen. He obviously made it happen. Put your mind to anything and you can do anything you want to do. I'm walking again when they told me I'd never do that again."

Cochran's self-titled debut album was released in 2007.

"Making my first album was a lot like coming into maturity as an adult," Cochran replied. "Everything was new. You had to find where your place was. Really, discover what the music said to you. I'm so blessed to have the experience that I did with the first album. Now, on my second album, I've taken those mistakes and those very big jumps that we made and I've progressed them on to a different level of Stephen Cochran. I hope this next single takes off the way it should."

The country singer announced that he is working on a second album.

"We don't have a due date," he said. "We're actually going to give the fans what they want which is the best of what we can give them. We're going to come out with 'Wal-Mart Flowers' and just rock it from there on out. If it was up to me, 22 [songs], it's never up to me. I would say about 13 songs."

What's the story behind the song "Friday Night Fireside"?

"I got out of the Marine Corps. and Kenny Chesney is of course, amazing," Cochran said. "But a lot of stuff he was playing was all about beaches. Being from Waterford and in Tennessee, we don't have beaches here. I wanted to write something about what we did for our summers. And that was just getting bonfires and getting beer and having just a 'Friday Night Fireside.'"

In January, Cochran performed for the troops in the Middle East.

"The first time and the second time that I went to the Middle East as a Marine, completely changed my life," he responded. "This was no different. I will remain constantly changed by what I had to do over there as a Marine but what I got to do as a musician was even greater. I just thank god everyday."

The country singer will perform for the very first time at the Downtown Hoedown in Detroit.

"Another dream come true," he answered. "I mean, everybody out there has to realize, I grew up in Waterford. I grew up going to this show. The neighborhood would get together and we would all go to Hoedown. For me to not look at the stage but to look at the fans, it kind of tells me I made it a little bit. It's something that I've always wanted to be a part of. And I'm so blessed and honored that WYCD asked me to be a part of it this year."

Many artists that play the Hoedown end up getting noticed and become huge stars.

"I'm hoping the same thing happens here," Cochran replied. "I just love playing music man. I made a promise to myself when I injured in the hospital that I would do what I love everyday for the rest of my life. I've really lived up to that. I get to wake up every morning and make music. Why wouldn't I be happy with that?"

Look for Stephen Cochran to perform at the Downtown Hoedown on Friday, May 15th.

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The winner raises his autographed guitar in the air.

 

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Cochran autographs a shirt for a fan.

 

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