Musician Trent Beaver will play at The Cazadero restaurant in Estacada next month

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: TRENT BEAVER - Songwriter Trent Beaver appreciates when listeners can apply their own life experiences to his music.

Trent Beaver enjoys connecting with others through music.

"I write metaphorically so people can put their own stories to it," said the songwriter, who also plays acoustic guitar. "I like helping people get through things with music."

Beaver released his album "Ghost" in 2016. He will play for an Estacada audience from 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at The Cazadero, 352 S.E. Highway 211. He spoke with the Estacada News about his origins, his songwriting process and sharing experiences with listeners.

Estacada News: How did you become interested in music?

Trent Beaver: My dad was a songwriter, and I was always around it. I never did anything with it until high school when a friend died in a car crash. He always dared me to do things I'd never do, so I dedicated my senior year to doing things I never thought I would do, like taking choir.

EN: What was getting started as a professional musician like?

TB: It came naturally because I had been around it my whole life. My dad was a country singer, and we lived in Nashville. My first show was at Clarkes General Store in Beavercreek. I got the bug to do as many shows as I could.

EN: How would you describe your style?

TB: More of a southern rock, soul style. I like writing some pop and listening to blues, southern music and country.

EN: Tell me about your songwriting process.

TB: A lot of my songs are about things I went through in life. I have a 2-year-old daughter, and I wrote a song about when we brought her home from the hospital. I write about moments in life. I try to keep myself aware of my surroundings and take things from that.

EN: What's your favorite song that you've written?

TB: That's the hardest question. My favorite songs are always the new ones. I'm really excited about them and they're the most current, so I connect with them a lot.

EN: Who are some of your influences?

TB: When I was younger, it was John Mayer. I like his ability to be poppy and bluesy at the same time. I connect with Dan Tyminski and Chris Stapleton a lot right now.

EN: What do you enjoy most about playing live shows?

TB: The answer changes as I get further down the road. At first, I wanted to see as many people there as possible. Now I like small venues because of the intimate setting. I enjoy the smaller shows most. I like getting to know the audience on a personal level and seeing them smile after a hard day's work.

EN: What are you looking forward to about playing at The Cazadero?

TB: I always enjoy playing there. The crowd is really nice and really welcoming. They listen, and that's a big thing. If you're a storyteller and no one's listening, there's no point.

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