Kurt Stevens is facing his fears and finding love in his new single, “Once In A Blue Moon,” which is premiering exclusively on Sounds Like Nashville today (10/17) before its official release tomorrow. The song, written by Stevens, Ryland Fisher, and Joey Ebach, is a feel-good tune that tells the story of a man who spots the woman of his dreams at a bar, but is intimidated by the thought of walking up and introducing himself. However, when he sees that the two of them are drinking the same Belgian white beer, he finds his icebreaker.
“It’s one of those things that I feel like a lot of people could relate to,” Stevens says in an exclusive interview with Sounds Like Nashville. “It’s always a little nerve-racking to approach somebody that you don’t already know just out of nowhere. I think we all had gone through a situation like that, so we all pulled some of our own experiences.”
Thankfully, bonding over beer works out, and the couple in the song proceed to hit it off for the rest of the evening. The song is set to an undeniably infectious beat, which Stevens says is influenced by his upbringing in coastal Florida.
“I’m from South Florida, so I just wanted something that people would want to play out on their boat or in their car or anywhere they’re at,” he says.
That connection to his home state is very important to Stevens. The singer-songwriter grew up a little over a mile from the beach, and was often found boating, surfing or swimming. Stevens is also passionate about ocean pollution, and has partnered with an organization called 4Ocean, which makes bracelets out of plastic pulled from the sea.
“It just came to the point where this year I wanted to start building out, not just Kurt Stevens, but also try to align myself with something that I’m passionate about, and the first thing that came to mind was 4Ocean,” Stevens says. “They’re great people, what they do is great, and the oceanic plastic, trash crisis is absolutely horrendous. It’s something that makes a beautiful, beautiful place like the beaches of Florida, and beaches anywhere, and it ruins it.”
In addition to the song, Stevens says fans can be expecting a music video for “Once In A Blue Moon” in November. The video was filmed in his hometown of Vero Beach, FL, and features Stevens cruising on his boat and playing at the Riverside Café, which is where he got his start.
Kurt will once again be heading home on tour this week. Fans can find him in Holiday, FL on Friday (10/18) and Vero Beach on Saturday (10/19).