11 Questions to a Nashville Musician: Justin Klump

Justin Klump (Photo by Jon Karr)Photo by Jon Karr

Singer-songwriter Justin Klump will celebrate his new single, “The Other Side,” on its Friday, April 5 release date at the 6:30pm in-the-round at the Bluebird. Klump says the new song is about “trusting and holding on to the people you love even when you don’t know what’s next.”   

This single follows Justin’s 2016 eponymous record, his fifth long player since his debut in 2006, and a handful of singles since then. Check out Justin’s slick picking on his delightfully uplifting “Keep On, Keepin’ On” from his solid 2016 LP of original songs.

Thanks to Justin for spending time with the 11 Questions. Get to the Bluebird show if you can beat the tourists in! Justin will also be playing a hometown show in Portland on April 9 and at one of my favorite New York City music rooms, the Rockwood Music Hall on April 11.


Where are you from originally, when did you move to Nashville and why?

I was born and raised just outside of Portland, OR in Vancouver, WA. I get used to saying Portland though because otherwise I have to walk people through the fact that I’m not from Canada or DC. I moved to Nashville in 2012 to be immersed in the music community here and grow in my career as an artist, songwriter, and producer. It challenges me every day, and I love it.

What are the first and the last records you bought, and where did you buy them? Were they CD, vinyl or digital?

The first album that I can remember buying was Dave Matthews Band’s Under the Table and Dreaming on CD. I wore that album out and learned to play guitar to every song on there. The last album I bought was The Greatest Showman soundtrack I love watching my 3-year old daughter sing “Never Enough” at the top of her lungs, and “This is Me” is an amazing song and production.

First and last live concerts that you’ve seen?

The last concert I went to was Maren Morris at the Ryman a couple weeks ago, and it was an amazing show! And, the first concert I remember being at was Michael W. Smith and Jars of Clay at the Rose Garden in Portland, OR.

Whose star should be added to the Music City Walk of Fame?

Ricky Skaggs

Where do you go in Nashville for coffee and pizza?

8th and Roast if I’m drinking my coffee black, and if I’m wanting something a little sweeter, I’ll go to Red Bicycle for a Cuban. City House has my favorite pizza in town. I get the Belly Ham with an egg on it. I also love Desano’s, Nicky’s Coal Fired, and Five Points.

What’s your favorite record to ever come out of Nashville?

Mindy Smith’s One Moment More wrecks me every time I listen to it!

Where’s the best place to eat late night after a show?

Five Points Pizza always hits the spot!

The Bluebird calls and asks you to host an “In the Round.” Pick three local songwriters to join you.

Mae Estes, Tori Tullier and Cory Quintard of Volunteer. (Editor: They did! And you can come see Justin’s hand-picked show on April 5.)

What are your favorite music venues to play in town?

The Bluebird and Musicians Corner

Name a musician who you’d like to see move here?

Dave Matthews. I’d love to write a song with him.

Finally, what’s in your musical future?

Releasing my new single, “The Other Side” on Friday, April 5 and playing Nashville, Portland, and NYC dates in support of that the week following. I’m finishing up producing a couple albums, and then starting work on a new record of my own. Aside from that, I have a few custom music scoring gigs, and I’ll be trying to remember there’s a life outside of my studio walls.

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