Songwriter plays Old Mill Saloon
Austin Lindstrom strives to be authentic and tell stories through his music. The songwriter described his style as "90's storyline writing with a modern country sound."
"It's what you hear on the radio with more of a storyline basis," he added.
Lindstrom is based in Redmond, Ore., and has released several albums, the most recent being 2018's "Proof's in the Pudding." He will perform at 9 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at the Old Mill Saloon, 150 S.W. Frontage Road.
The Estacada News spoke to Lindstrom about how he got his start, his songwriting process and connecting with audiences.
Estacada News: How did you become a professional musician?
Austin Lindstrom: At 19, I had messed around with music and knew enough to get to open mics. Friends said I should do music because of my singing. The first time I did it, I was nervous, but I blew it out of the water. I wowed them, and it was a feeling I had never had before. It's a feeling of community you don't normally get. A few months later, I wrote my first song.
EN: Who are some of your influences?
AL: Alan Jackson, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Jon Pardi and Eric Church.
EN: Tell me about your songwriting process and your motivation for writing.
AL: I'm trying to write music with more intimacy and personal structure, but still have thought behind the words. The more music I'm playing and the more music I'm around, the more I want to write. I've conditioned myself to stop at any point in the day and write a song, and work on it to make it perfect. The greatest part about the whole songwriting experience is having something special to share with fans.
EN: What's the most rewarding part of being a musician?
AL: Live action. I love performing live and enjoy every part of it. There's a certain aspect of connecting with people in the crowd, putting on a good show and making people remember.
EN: What are you looking forward to the most about your upcoming show in Estacada?
AL: Meeting new people. I haven't played at this venue yet. The neatest thing is getting off stage, people crowd around and they ask you questions. (When I return to a venue), I do my best to remember faces and names. That's an important part of it, and that's what's so good about being real.