Sam LaCrosse, author of “Value Economics,” joins this episode to discuss his worldview and how our values inform our behavior.
In this episode:
Boxing and Not Getting Punched
Giving Kids Mythological Names
Sam’s Dating Troubles
The Positive Side of Adversity
The Dangers of Porn
Paying You Dues
His Publishing Journey
Putting One’s Value in One’s Job
The Impact of Past Experiences on Present Behavior
“I think that even with this whole thing of doing all this, all this kind of stuff, I’ve kind of settled into that mindset of really earning my way in, no matter what it is. And I think I’m comfortable going that route.” ~Sam LaCrosse
“It was like 95 degrees out with Ohio humidity, so it was probably over a hundred degrees. I did that for 13 hours, and I got a cold shower and a can of Sprite and a thanks. And that was it.” ~Sam LaCrosse
“It’s about persuasion. It’s not about everything else. So if we just go and we just try to drop nukes on one another left and right and all these conversations without even considering their side of the argument. I think that’s a very, very big mistake.” ~Sam LaCrosse
“It really puts a very unfair burden on young women in particular, but women in general, because you know, one, you objectify them, and two, you treat them as objects.” ~Sam LaCrosse
According to Sam, Sam LaCrosse is a nobody. He hasn’t done anything amazing. He is not extraordinary or impressive. He doesn’t even have a Wikipedia entry. He’s just an ordinary guy from Cleveland, Ohio, who now lives an ordinary life in Austin, Texas. But if you want to check him out, he’s the author of “Value Economics: The Study of Identity, writes blogs on dontreadthisblog.com, and hosts Don’t Listen to This Podcast. Sam is the CEO and founder of Don’t Do This, LLC, a company that makes no money. He is also a board member of Thrive Living Corporation and an ambassador for RallyCap Sports.
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In this week’s episode of Here’s What We Know, Conner Smith dives into how he communicates through song, getting started in Nashville, College football, collaboration, and the examples of the industry stars that have gone before him and paved the way.
He also talks about what he has in common with Michael Jackson.
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In This Episode:
Living out childhood dreams
Telling stories through song
Meeting your heroes
Being a new artist on the radio
“Take it slow” song with Ryan Hurd
The example of older stars
The impact of social media
“I’ve been a product of being in the right environment, and that’s something that I don’t take for granted.” – Conner Smith
“Growing up … song was just how I expressed things.” – Conner Smith
“As a new artist with your single on country radio, it’s like all of your dreams hang inside of that one song.” – Conner Smith
“How much of Tennessee’s success right now is dependent on Hendon Hooker? Is it this the sort of thing where, you know, we’re gonna continue this and really kind of build a program that can sustain itself and last for years to come? Or is this kind of the perfect mix of ingredients? Either way, we finally have a coach that I can trust in, and that means something.” – Conner Smith
“Well, at the end of the day, it’s been a long time since we have been worried about another team taking our coach.” – Conner Smith
“I’ve kind of just become the Tennessee guy a little bit, with the songs, and it’s become so much a part of the brand.” – Conner Smith
“Are there some student athletes? Yes, there are. And the majority of those kids are student athletes who are truly trying to get the education and stuff. But also, I’ve talked to so many division one athletes who go, ‘It is all-encompassing. All you have time to do is workout, practice, train, workout, practice, train.’” – Conner Smith
“That’s a special song, and it’s one of those songs. I think you put out songs in the world and, you know, some of them catch fire and some of them don’t. That was the one that did, and fans just really gravitated towards it.” – Conner Smith
“Thomas Rhett … more than anything he’s ever done for me, he’s taught me how to do this thing the right way.” – Conner Smith
“It [social media] definitely changes the way you kind of view life and for better or worse, and it’s something you grow to live with. I think, especially my generation, you kind of grow up understanding that you’re accountable at every second.” – Conner Smith
“Keep the people around you that truly know your heart and truly know who you’re trying to be” – Conner Smith
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Just 22 years old and already a seasoned veteran of Nashville’s elite songwriting community, Conner Smith has become one of Country’s most hotly-anticipated new artists – an uncommon talent mixing prime-of-life passion with old-soul perspective. After penning his first song at 6 and scoring a publishing deal at 16, the Country prodigy wrote five of the six songs on his Zach Crowell-produced 2022 debut collection DIDN’T GO TOO FAR (The Valory Music Co.). The charismatic effort laid an artistic foundation that earned Smith 2022 Artist to Watch status from Spotify, Amazon Music, and Opry NextStage, while also making him the only Country artist on Pandora’s Ten List 2022 and securing 2023 recognition from MusicRow Next Big Thing, CMT Listen Up, and more. Often hiding deep-thinking themes in plain sight, Smith scored his first Top 40 hit with the young-at-heart “Learn From It” and followed up with love-savoring “Take It Slow,” which quickly racked up nearly 100 million global streams to date. Tracks like “I Hate Alabama,” “Orange and White,” and “Summer On Your Lips” are my unexpected insight from vivid everyday stories. As Smith grows up in full view of his fans – both on the page and the stage – CMT calls him “an unstoppable force to be reckoned with.” That momentum will keep building in 2023. Smith follows a year of touring alongside Thomas Rhett, Parker McCollum, and Ryan Hurd with upcoming select dates opening for Chase Rice and promises a new batch of “next level” music, further mixing in-the-moment energy with timeless meaning. Smith is currently on the road for his first-ever headline IF I WENT TO COLLEGE TOUR with special guests Mackenzie Carpenter and Jonathan Hutcherson, presented by the Monster Energy Outbreak tour, and joins Luke Bryan’s COUNTRY ON TOUR this summer.