Southern rock as always been a large part of Dillon Carmichael’s life. Growing up on acts like Lynyrd Skynyrd, the rising country star finds inspiration in the swampy, rugged genre. Leaning on his musical upbringing, Carmichael crafted the song that bears his debut album’s name, Hell on an Angel.
“Writing ‘Hell On An Angel’ was a very special experience for me. My co-writer had gone through some very difficult trials and we wrote this song together about his life. It was special that he was willing to open up and share his story with me. The day we wrote this song was one of those days I will never forget,” Carmichael shared with Sounds Like Nashville.
While he remained mum about the inspiration behind the fiery track, the Burgin, KY native is fired up that fans of all genres have embraced the rocking song.
“Some of the Southern rock people are coming out of the woodwork going, ‘I love this jam,’ ‘This is so good,’ ‘It reminds me of Skynyrd,’ which is what I grew up on. I relate to those people and so, it’s a good thing,” he explained with a grin in an episode of his Behind the Console video series.
The song is the title track from Carmichael’s upcoming debut album. He worked closely with acclaimed producer Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell) to create an original project that showcased his Southern rockability and country storytelling.
Carmichael’s full-length album Hell on an Angel debuts August 17.