Ah, yes, the capitals of American country music – Austin, Texas; Branson, Missouri; Bristol, Tennessee; Hamilton, New York.

Wait, what?

OK, maybe that’s a stretch. But while Hamilton may not be the home of country music, it is the home base of one of country music’s rising stars.

Hamilton’s favorite son, Blaine Holcomb, now a Nashville resident, is about to release the first single off his second recording, “Over A Beer.” The full 6-song EP will be released on October 1. The title track comes out Friday on all streaming services.

After a childhood spent on athletic fields, the 2010 Hamilton High School grad traded his cleats for a pair of cowboy boots. During his sophomore year at St. Lawrence University he entered a country music talent contest called The Texaco Country Showdown sponsored by Big Frog 104. His win at the regional level caught the attention of well-known CNY country cover band, The Fulton Chain Gang, which led to a three-year stint playing throughout New York state. His success in the country music realm convinced him to take a major leap of faith: a move to Nashville in February 2015.

There are few things more daunting to a musician than to relocate to a city where the busboys at every restaurant are better players than any you’ve heard.

“It was intimidating at first,” admits Holcomb, “but once I got here and started meeting people and playing some gigs I started to feel more comfortable.”

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