This summer, Wide Open Country tagged along on fishing trips -- in Nashville, Tennessee and Austin, Texas -- with some of country music's best new artists. Zebco fishing poles in hand, these singer-songwriters hit the water and told us how being outdoors inspires them.
"Fishing is like songwriting in a sense that it's worth the time," Riggs says. "It's a way of connecting with yourself. Even if you don't catch anything or even if you don't write a song, the time you spent, the quietness, the peacefulness, all those things serve as moments of re-centering and sort of regaining that energy that you spend out there on the stage.
"I did a lot of fishing actually when I was hanging out with my friends in high school," Tolman says. "Those days really inspired some of my very first country songs that I ever wrote because it was all about living that country life, as cliche and cheesy as that sounds -- that's what we did!"
"The reason I live in Austin is because there's such a green space in the whole city," Baird says.
Brothers Stewart and Garrett Mann of The Statesboro Revue joined Wide Open Country on Austin's Lady Bird Lake to talk about unwind offstage.
"When you fish, you connect to something. Stewart Mann says. "And when you play music, especially the music that we play, we're totally connected to that. That's why we do it."