A talented athlete, Doleac excelled at golf early on, traveling with his dad to faraway tournaments in his first taste of life on the road. The whole family put in the time and Doleac seemed headed for success, but abruptly switched to baseball in high school. That too required a focused drive to retool his skills, and after earning a scholarship to the University of Southern Mississippi, he ended up playing in front of 30,000 at the College World Series – fueling a craving for big crowds he still chases today.
In the end, he actually had a shot at going pro in both sports, Doleac says, but instead changed course again. He had fallen in love with music, writing songs with teammates and challenging himself to play hometown shows while devouring the work of emotional explorers like John Mayer, Gavin DeGraw, Amos Lee and more. Within months, he decided to leave sports behind for good.
Doleac proves the old adage of Nashville being a 10-year town, but for him, those 10 years were not a straight line. Propelled by the viral success of a self-written song posted to YouTube, Doleac arrived in town with a publishing deal, and spent the following years sharpening his penmanship. Eventually Kane Brown, Gabby Barrett, Darius Rucker and more had all cut his songs, while Doleac built a grassroots fanbase touring the country in his pickup truck.
With shows growing in size, it seemed like a classic case of grinding forward and loving every mile. He scored a rare Gold-certified independent single and even signed a major-label recording deal, achieving another long-held dream. And then, just as he looked set to push over the top, COVID-19 shut it down. There were postponed tours. And then stolen equipment when touring resumed. Then there were cancelled tours. But all the while he was building that Barstool Whiskey Wonderland. Doleac slowed down, spent time with the girlfriend who is now his fiancée, and wrote 150 songs.
Source: The Basement East
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