Singer-Songwriter Erik Dylan Welcomes a Son
Erik Dylan is now a father twice over: The singer-songwriter and his wife Jackie have welcomed their second son.
Dylan announced the arrival of his new baby boy, Hawke James Anderson, on Sunday (April 16). Baby Hawke was born weighing 9 pounds and measuring 22 inches long.
"Thank God for another healthy baby boy," Dylan writes on Instagram.
Dylan's wife's due date was projected to be in early April. On Thursday (April 13), the artist shared on Instagram that Jackie was six days past her due date; Dylan called it "overtime" and noted that his son was "running late just like his momma."
Dylan -- one of The Boot's 10 New Country Artists to Watch in 2017 -- has penned songs for Kip Moore, Eric Paslay, Justin Moore, the Eli Young Band and more. In October, he released an album of his own, Heart of a Flatland Boy, a nod to his Kansas roots.
“[In Nashville,] you don’t have to necessarily wear a certain hat,” Dylan notes of the divide (or lack thereof) between songwriter and artist. “I’ve always considered myself an artist even when I wasn’t releasing music … We’re in the age of the singer-songwriter in Nashville, where it’s almost expected that an artist is a songwriter and cutting some of the songs that they’ve co-written or have written.”
Dylan describes Heart of a Flatland Boy as “flatland country punk.” He finds both beauty and nostalgia in thinking back on his younger years and the area in which he grew up; love gets brought up plenty in country music, he says, “but we don’t really hear about what happens after that” — the rest of what life has to offer.
“I just thought, maybe, my ultimate goal was to have people I grew up with listen to that record and be proud of it and know that I was telling our story,” Dylan says.
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