The idyllic Cypress Spring in Vernon, Florida is a summertime staple destination for local residents to cool off, hang out and have fun. Now, three natives of the 2-mile-long Florida Panhandle town are bringing Cypress Spring to the country rap scene. Paul Roche, Kalan Miller and Tyler Ackerman make up the trio aptly-named Cypress Spring and have big plans as they take on the genre with a “cowboy up or sit down” attitude.
At 16 years old, Paul was playing with his dad’s southern rock band in bars before he was old enough to get in, covering songs by artists like Lynyrd Skynyrd and Merle Haggard. Kalan is a rapper, influenced by artists like Nelly, T.I. and Ludacris, who has always loved meshing country lyrics with a hip-hop beat. Tyler, a former high-school classmate of Paul and Kalan’s, is a talented guitarist and vocalist who also co-writes many of the band’s songs. Paul, Kalan and Tyler are already making headway in the country rap genre. The lifelong friends grew up playing together in the dirt and now, budding artists, play together on stage. Their small, southern town with a population of 750 and one total streetlight hugely inspires Paul, Kalan and Tyler’s music. They spend much of their downtime going hunting, fishing, mudding and “shinedrating” – hydrating with moonshine. Their songwriting naturally reflects their inspirations and lifestyle. The trio spent a solid month writing for their brand new album, “Denim,” and another week recording it.