Country singer Tagle looking forward to big summer

Sean C. Morgan

Trevor Tagle of Sweet Home is forging ahead with a big summer schedule on stage and the release of his first single.

The 2005 Sweet Home High School graduate released the single, a song Tagle wrote called “Doin’ Me,” Thursday morning on KRKT.

Tagle, 28, has been busy singing country music since he won the 2013 Country Showdown at Linn County Fair, which earned him his first appearance on an Oregon Jamboree stage that year. He’s played the Jamboree Kickoff Party and the Oregon Jamboree Spirit Mountain Casino stage several times since then.

He has been playing gigs around the area since then, and in April he opened for Old Dominion at the annual Oregon Jamboree Mystery Concert held in Corvallis. Two weeks ago, he opened a Samaritan Health Services concert for 500 to 600 spectators in Lebanon for country music star Brian Collins.

He’ll open for Cloverdayle at the Linn County Fair tonight (Wednesday), and on Sunday, July 31, he will open the Oregon Jamboree, sharing the main stage that day with Lonesome Valley Rounders, Old Dominion, Randy Houser and Toby Keith.

Over the past few years, Tagle has been a morning guest of Scott Schuler on KRKT. He’s often played tunes on air, and it was Schuler who suggested Tagle record a single, which entered the rotation at KRKT last week.

“We wanted to do something that was not like everything else right now,” Tagle said. With his distinct, gritty vocal style and sound, his music echoes the country music outlaws with a rock edge.

“We didn’t want to do this polished, compressed-down country,” Tagle said. The music is simple, with guitars, bass and drums.

With the title, “Doin’ Me,” the lyrics thematically tackle doing your own thing.

“It’s a song about when you’re always being told what to do and how to live your life,” Tagle said.

He heard the single played for the first time on the radio Thursday morning.

“I was sitting in my living room when it came on,” Tagle said. “It was very surreal. It was really weird. She was talking about Trevor Tagle will be up next.”

A Keith Urban song played and Tagle’s tune was next, a part of a rotation that also included George Strait and Kip Moore.

The single is available through Amazon music. Tagle expected the single to be available on iTunes this week.

What it means to be “Doin’ Me,” for Tagle means getting serious about music.

“I played music and enjoyed it a lot,” Talge said. “I just did it on the side. I never really took it very seriously. I had so much fun doing it.”

That changed about six months ago, he said. He got away and started writing songs.

That’s when he realized “this is what I’m meant to do,” he said.

People had been asking him to record music for years, Tagle said. “When Scott got behind me, that really opened my eyes.”

Tagle went to Castle House Studio in Lebanon, where owner Nate Roos, formerly of Iron Horse, produced the record.

They took awhile to record it, Tagle said. He wanted to get it right. Once finished, Tagle sent it to KRKT, and the radio station put it on the radio.

With a single in hand, Tagle believes doors will open. He hopes to tour the West Coast with it. Up till now, when he’s booked gigs, the venues take a chance and Tagle has to prove himself. Now he won’t have to say “trust me” to promoters and venues. He’ll have something to give them.

Tagle is ecstatic to be playing the Jamboree Main Stage.

“This is something I’ve been wanting since I’ve been going to the Jamboree,” he said. “This is something everybody’s (fans) have been wanting. So I’m excited. This is going to be a huge opportunity to really show what I’ve been working on.”

He said he and his band will be going all out for this show. During the show, he and his band will do some sort of guitar giveaway.

“We’re going to try to draw people in,” Tagle said. “It’s going to be fun.”

After the summer concert season winds down, in late fall Tagle plans to record an EP, with five or six songs.

Tagle’s current band has been together for a little more than two weeks, he said. It includes Michael McDonald of Silverton on guitar, Nick Champeau of Silverton on guitar, Marcus McQuade on drums and Colin McHill of Lebanon on bass. McHill is the son of Sweet Home High School Spanish teacher Eileen McHill and Linn County Circuit Court Judge Tom McHill.

Champeau and McHill are both utility players and play additional instruments, like the dobro and the banjo, as necessary.

The band has additional gigs scheduled this month, including the Gallon House in Silverton on July 16 and the Benton Furniture Share program at the Philomath Frolic grounds on July 23.

Fans may follow Tagle as “Trevor Tagle Music” on Facebook. They also may follow Tagle on Twitter and Instagram.

“Thanks to everybody who’s been supporting me,” Tagle said. He sees big things ahead, and he appreciates the people who’ve helped him along the way.

They’re “the reason I’m able to do what I’m doing,” he said.