The environment at LSU on football game days is unlike any other. Death Valley oozes with the scent of gumbo and the sound of over a hundred thousand people coming in from tailgates ready to cheer for the Tigers and make this tough for opposing quarterbacks.
LSU Football With Country Music Artist Jacob Davis
Jacob Davis is an up-and-coming country music artist that attended LSU and had the chance to play in Baton Rouge on game weekends. LWOS caught up with him to talk about LSU football, the overall environment around game day, and his future in country music. Here’s what he had to say:
Q: What was the greatest play/game you saw as a football fan in Tiger Stadium?
JD: I don’t know if I can pick one play or game, but I will say that anytime LSU plays Alabama in Tiger Stadium…it’s always treated like the biggest game of the year. So that match-up was always my favorite.
Q: Why did you choose to attend LSU to earn your degree?
JD: There’s just something about growing up in Louisiana that pulls you towards LSU. Plus the culture as a whole is unreal. It’s a great school and the football/tailgating isn’t bad either.
Q: Death Valley is known to have one of the biggest home field advantages in college football. What was it like on a game weekend in that dynamic atmosphere in Baton Rouge, especially if you were performing?
JD: In my opinion, Tiger Stadium at night is one of the loudest places I’ve ever been. It’s electric. I don’t know if it’s the heat, humidity…or the alcohol. Haha, maybe a mixture of all three. It was always fun to play on a game weekend because it was always a packed house wherever I played. People just went crazy all weekend…win, lose or draw.
Q: Your thoughts on LSU players heading to the NFL?
JD: There’s always a handful of NFL prospects coming out of LSU and this year is no different. Most of the time they’re defensive backs…which is why LSU is nicknamed DB-U. I love it. They always seems to represent LSU really well when they get to league too, and you gotta love seeing that.
Q: What is your goal as a country music artist?
JD: I want to always stay true to myself as an artist. For me, that entails me staying true to who I am and where I come from. Louisiana proud, baby.
Q: Who in country music today would you compare yourself to and what do you think makes your style unique?
JD: It’s too hard to compare myself to any other artist in country music, and I think that’s a good thing. Respectfully, I don’t think you want to sound like anyone else in your genre. I would say my music is a great combination of soulful funkiness and fun lyrics. True, but fun lyrics. I like to move around a lot on stage, because that was the style that always appealed to me.
Q: What do you think of new LSU head coach Ed Orgeron and the staff he has brought in?
JD: I think Coach Orgeron is gonna be great for LSU. He’s a Louisiana guy, born and raised, and his passion for LSU is off the charts. He bleeds purple and gold, and I think that’s gonna come through to the players. Gotta have passion…and he’s got it tenfold.
Q: What’s next for you musically and what should your fans expect?
JD: We’re hoping to get on the road with some good dates for 2018, but for now just focusing on a radio tour and getting back into the studio to finish up the record. Can’t wait for y’all to hear it!
Q: When it’s all said and done, which country legend would you most want to be compared to?
JD: That’s a tough one because I have so many artists I look up too. Also, it’s hard to think about making comparisons to legends at this point. I’m just happy to be in the game.
Q: Who is your favorite LSU player ever?
JD: My favorite LSU player was Jacob Hester. We’re both from Shreveport and played against each other in high school, so it was awesome to watch his success at LSU. He was a great player and he always seemed to leave it all on the field. Played with a lot of heart. I love that.
We’d like to thank Jacob Davis for the interview. You can check him out more here and find his music on iTunes and Spotify.