Colin Stough Talks Forming Friendship With Chase Matthew Over Mutual Love For Motorcycles & Bonfires, Teases Collab

“You know, me and Chase, we’re boys. We hang out a lot during the week whenever he is home, whenever I’m here, and we just got a lot of similarities,” Stough shared.

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Posted on July 7, 2023

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Colin Stough, Chase Matthew; Photo Courtesy of Instagram

Since wrapping up his time on American Idol, Colin Stough has continued to develop a loyal fanbase among listeners as well as a few fellow country artists like Chase Matthew.

Lately, he and Matthew have been seen posting on social media together and building a foundation for their friendship through summertime bonfires and late-night bike rides. 

“You can take the boys outta the country but you can’t take the country outta the boys🤘♠️” Stough wrote in the caption of his recent Instagram post. 

Opened Up About His Friendship With Chase Matthew

While catching up with Music Mayhem, Colin Stough explained that he may not be a Nashville resident just yet, but he’s been spending a lot of his time around Music City, which also happens to be Chase Matthew’s hometown. 

“I’m pretty much based in Nashville. I haven’t bought a house or nothing like that, but I’ve been staying in Airbnb’s and looking at houses,” he said before adding. “I wrote a lot before the show and when I was on the show and then now after the show. What I do every day is cut music, write music, and take meetings and stuff like that. It’s a new kind of full-time job.”

Stough also shared that being in Nashville has also allowed his friendship with the “Come Get Your Memory” singer to grow. He even teased that they could potentially end up collaborating in the studio one day. 

“You know, me and Chase, we’re boys. We hang out a lot during the week whenever he is home, whenever I’m here, and we just got a lot of similarities. So I’m sure if we wanted to write a song, it wouldn’t be hard to come up with something,” Stough stated.

How Did Colin Stough And Chase Matthew Meet?

He went on to explain these rising singer/songwriters initially met through mutual connections in the industry and “hit it off” almost instantly. 

So it was kind of funny,” Stough began. “My manager is really good friends with his manager and he had hit me up on Instagram and was like, ‘Hey man, when you get into town, let’s go ride motorcycles or something.’ I’m like, sure, alright. So that’s what we did. And we just hit it off.”

Matthew also revealed to Music Mayhem that he followed Stough’s journey on Season 21 of American Idol and felt great pride watching another young country singer begin his musical journey. 

“I thought it was really cool to see a good old country boy, a young guy too. And, you know, it’s kind of hard to find genuine country folk,” Matthew shared as he boasted about Stough. “There’s not a lot of people that are really about it and you could tell as soon as you met that guy, or even seeing that guy on tv, he is just country as grits and biscuits. But we’ve connected through Instagram, and we’ve been kicking it here and there, and he’s just a really good guy. He’s got a lot of awesome things coming,” he continued. 

Colin Stough; Photo Courtesy of Easton Schirra/American Idol
Colin Stough; Photo Courtesy of Easton Schirra/American Idol

Teased A Forthcoming EP

Since his time on the show, Stough has released his debut single, “I Still Talk To Jesus,” followed by his song “Bad Day.” According to Stough, there’s hope that these tracks will soon lead to a bigger project. 

“Maybe an EP or a small album or something like that. Can’t give all the secrets away,” he teased with a laugh. 

In terms of his upcoming shows, Colin Stough has yet to solidify plans for a tour. However, when the time does come for him to embark on his own run of shows, he intends to bring his most authentic self to the stage and “just go up there and be me.”

“I’m kind of a dying breed,” he admitted. “I like the southern rock and the classic country music and just being another guy in the world that’s just trying to bring that back to life.”

To Open For Drake White Later This Month

Throughout the summer, he will take the stage of a variety of individual shows as well as serve as an opening act on Drake White’s upcoming concert in Phenix City, AL on Friday, July 28. 

Then, on August 10, he will return to Mississippi to play his first hometown show since coming off Idol. 

The following days will include performances in Birmingham, AL and Hattiesburg, MS. 

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Andrew Wendowski is the Founder and CEO of Music Mayhem. As a 29-year-old entrepreneur, he oversees content as the Editor-In-Chief for the independent brand. Wendowski, who splits time between Philadelphia, Penn., and Nashville, Tenn., has an extensive background in multimedia. Before launching Music Mayhem in 2014, he worked as a highly sought-after photojournalist and tour photographer, collaborating with such labels as Interscope Records and Republic Records. He has captured photos of some of the biggest names, including Taylor Swift, Metallica, Harry Styles, P!NK, Morgan Wallen, Carrie Underwood, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Shania Twain, and hundreds more. Wendowski’s photos and freelance work have appeared nationwide and can be seen everywhere from ad campaigns to various publications, including Billboard and Rolling Stone. When Wendowski isn’t running Music Mayhem, he enjoys spending time at concerts, traveling, and capturing photos.

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