Trevor Tagle, 25, describes his music as country-rock, but his influences are varied.
“When I was growing up I would listen to everything,” Tagle said. “I still kind of do.”
Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw, John Denver, The Temptations and The Jackson Five, are just some influences Tagle cites.
One of his favorite musicians is Aaron Lewis from the group Staind, he said.
“I started playing guitar so I could play his music,” Tagle said.
He started playing guitar about five years ago, and seriously playing about two years ago, he said.
“I kind of started just playing around camp fires,” Tagle said.
His friends encouraged him to play more seriously, he said.
Tagle was nervous at first to play for audiences on his own, so he played with a friend, Tristan Nichols, at the the KRKT Country Showdown two years ago.
They took second place. Tagle tried again last year on his own.
“I took second again,” Tagle said. “Even though I lost, some good things came out of it. I played at the Jamboree last year.”
He is going to try the KRKT Showdown again, he said.
“This year, I’m trying to go a lot farther,” Tagle said. “I want to go to Nashville. That’s what I’m aiming for now.”
Tagle is playing the Jamboree this year too, as well as a couple of shows in Lebanon.
He is set to play at the Star-Spangled Celebration at Cheadle Park, and kicks off the Concerts in the Park series on July 9 at Ralston Park.
Tagle will be joined by Charlie Fitzsimmons on drums, Chuck Fitzsimmons on bass, and Tim Meyers on harmonica. Trevor does lead vocals and plays lead guitar.