"Fish Grease," which is both the name of the album and the first recording released from it, is about growing up in the South.
Included on the CD is a song called "1965," about his father's time in
"It's definitely rooted in
The "Fish Grease" album might be described as Southern-rock rap with a bit of a country flair.
"It's just a saying I've heard my whole life in the South of as hot as fish grease, a descriptive term or phrase to let you know that something's really hot," said Faulk. "And him being the local genius that he is took that and ran with it."
Friends since the 10th grade at
"Most people who are talented sit around and do nothing with it. But growing up in America you always hear, if you've got a dream, chase it. You can do whatever you want, but you never see anybody really do that," said Paulk, 45.
"He's the only example in my life of anyone who had a dream, chased it and caught it. He really wanted to be a rapper at a time when white guys weren't allowed to do it, you know what I'm saying? They were like kinda banned from the rap gangs," Paulk said. "But he still stuck with it and he's the most famous person I know. He's an inspiration."
Officially in the music business as
He writes lyrics by hand and creates music on his computer. He has a sound booth set up at his home studio. He does not play an instrument or read music.
"He'll come up with a beat on his computer and then he'll sing the lyrics over the beat and then he'll have people come in and add guitar and that kind of thing,"
An unexpected influence
The late renowned Northside drama teacher
He was instructed to show up for the next class with either a dramatic reading, a song or a skit.
"I was terrified," Alexander said.
Later, he and a friend,
And he did.
"I had to get up in front of the class. I think I was first. And I had never sang in front of nobody before ... I was trembling with the paper, I remember that. It was written in red ink ... The first verse was all I could really get out," Alexander said.
"I sang like a third of the song just to get it done, you know, just to get out of the way. Did that and just walked off and sat down ... But at the time, I guess I got good reviews, you know what I mean, from around school and stuff like that. And then it got out from there that I could sing a little bit," he said.
Alexander was next in a church production, performed at a dinner theater, portrayed Huck Finn and sang, "River in the Rain" in the spring musical, and played the part of a funny cop in "Hello Dolly."
In 1999, he helped found the band Rehab that was signed to
Alexander kept the band name and created a new Rehab in 2005, running independently until signing with Universal Records in 2008. Rehab received a CMT nomination for its video "Bartender Song" in 2009. A video of the song with
The band signed with
He later arranged a meeting with Alexander and the two became fast friends.
"Danny is the best songwriter I have ever met," Houchins said. "He can take the most basic thing and say it in a way that's just magical."
In spite of past successes and the accolades, Alexander admits he's a little bit nervous with the plunge into a solo career.
"I don't know if I've ever done anything by myself before," he said. "I've always had help."
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