Jack Ingram Explores Life Lessons on Midnight Motel

“People Are Beautiful to Me Because of Their Flaws,” He Says. “Music Is the Same Way.”

Jack Ingram’s new album Midnight Motel offers many lessons to live by. The meditative “Nothing to Fix” is nothing but rules in succession, starting with his No. 1 music rule: “Don’t try to sell what you wouldn’t buy because you’ll go to hell for telling a lie.”

“I want to be out there providing the same emotional thing that music provided me as a fan and it provides me as an artist,” he says. “I want to give people what I want to receive, as well. I want to make music that I’m proud of through and through whether it’s a hit song or not. I want it to be a hit.

“But I don’t want to be out there with that being the focus,” he adds. “I want it to be about believing me because I’m not going to bullshit you. What I found out from experience is, 90 percent of authenticity is not authentic. One hundred percent is what it has to be. I firmly believe that.”

The collection also offers some inebriated soul-searching in “I Feel Like Drinking Tonight” and “I’m Drinking Through It.”

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