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Dillon Carmichael Talks New Album 'Hell on an Angel' + Career Journey

Dillon Carmichael opens up about his debut album 'Hell on an Angel', musical roots and more!


Dillon Carmichael is a rising star with country music running through his veins. His uncles are musicians Eddie Montgomery and John Michael Montgomery and his mother, singer-songwriter Becky Montgomery, helped co-write one of the tracks on his latest project Hell on an Angel.

A proud traditionalist, Carmichael is proud to continue what his family has started and was influenced by them both musically and lyrically. "My cousin [Walker Montgomery] is out there doing it, too. He just released his album," he says. "We're a new generation at this point, and we got the family stuff, but no one knows our names yet. Yet."

One of his most important musical influences, however, comes from country music's most notable artists, who recorded at the historic RCA Studio A, where Carmichael recorded Hell on an Angel. Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Alan Jackson, Waylon Jennings and dozens of other country greats have recorded within its walls, and for someone who values country tradition as much as Carmichael does, entering the place is akin to stepping into church.

"I played some of my favorite Waylon songs back in my mind, and just kind of sat and absorbed it," he recalls of being in the studio.

"They were joking about the ghost of Waylon slamming the doors -- like, 'Whats that noise?' 'Oh, that's just Waylon,'" Carmichael adds. "But you really feel that. In the whole building, actually, not just Studio A. We wrote "Dixie Again," which is the last song on the record, in one of the writing rooms upstairs in that building, and it was the same thing there."

Want to learn more about Carmichael? Check out our exclusive interview with the singer above and see him live before the new year!

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