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Trent Dabbs

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“You see the thing about hometowns, people dying just to stick around, but I was never good at settling down,” Trent Dabbs sings in the opening line of the opening song on The Optimist.
Not only does the track, “Don't Believe in Stars,” set an aural tone for everything to come after, it also sums up Dabbs' creativity — he really is no good at settling down... artistically, at least.
While The Optimist is the Mississippi native's tenth solo record in 12 years, that's only one road on his artistic map. He is also half of Sugar + the Hi-Lows with Amy Stroup; co-founder of the Ten Out of Tenn artists' collective and Ready Set Records with his wife Kristen; co-writer for Ingrid Michaelson, Kacey Musgraves, American Authors, Noah Cyrus and others; and a producer for developing acts like Young Summer. Even still, though his songs have often appeared on Billboard charts, radio charts, and television shows, he's not a household name. And that's okay. “I just try to write the best songs,” he says, “and, if they get placed, then great or if they get on a album, well, even better.”
For Dabbs, collaboration is what music is all about. It's why he “was never good at settling down” into his own artistic bubble. It's why he seeks out other artists he admires. It's even why he came to Nashville in the first place. Who — and where — would he be without sticking around in his adopted hometown? “I would probably be in small town thinking that I was a better writer than I really am.”

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