Singer, songwriter, and guitarist Austin Meade has shared the video for the new version of his song “Happier Alone,” featuring new Columbia Records phenom Koe Wetzel. Watch it here — and be sure and keep your eye out for Wetzel in the role of the custodian HERE.  “Koe has been a big supporter, and our bands have been friends for a while,” Meade explains about how the collaboration came to be. “He was really into ‘Happier Alone’ before we even put it out, so the rest just happened naturally. The dude has a killer voice and I really like the way he finds melodies and interesting phrases with lyrics. It was important to me that this feature was with someone I respected and could relate to. We cut his new part while out on a run of shows and came up with a new storyline/perspective to the video that is hilarious. It’s too much damn fun to joke around for a living.”

Meade also reveals that this song is arriving on not one but two very special occasions, sharing, “This version is coming out on the one-year anniversary of the original ‘Happier Alone’ — just in time to give Valentine’s Day the middle finger once more.”

Wetzel weighed in regarding his participation, saying, “Whenever Ii first heard the song, I was like, ‘Damn, this shit is awesome.’ It turned out to be our lake song for the summer of 2020. So when Meade asked me to cut a verse on it, I was honored. I’ve always been a fan of his style of writing, and putting together music, I hope we can nail down some more tunes in the future.”

The Koe Wetzel-assisted version of “Happier Alone” is a standalone single. The original version appears on Meade’s upcoming Snakefarm Records’ debut Black Sheep, which arrives on March 19, 2021. The album is available for pre-order here.

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Austin Meade’s songs and stories are contradictory yet cohesive. On his Snakefarm Records debut, Black Sheep, his influences — musical and otherwise — are as varied and rich as the small-town Texas soil that nurtured his talent and yielded these 12 stellar songs ranging from multi-layered musicality and storytelling to dark alt-pop to new age and Sabbath-inspired. Thanks to his metal-and classic-rock loving dad, Meade got to see bands like Judas Priest and worshipped Whitesnake at a young age. In junior high, he related to the intense emo-rock of Paramore and Fall Out Boy, as well as the power of songwriters like John Mayer. Yet, thanks to plainspoken but deep heartland songwriters like Tom Petty, and cutting his teeth touring in the Texas and Oklahoma Red Dirt scene, Meade’s music overflows with wide-open soulfulness. He was a drummer for years, even teaching to pay the bill. Meade eventually found his true voice when he began playing guitar as a teen in his pastor father’s church. Those experiences lend both a gravitas and rebelliousness to Meade’s songs and self.


“Dopamine Drop”
“Cave In”
Happier Alone
Déjà vu
“I Don’t Feel A Thing”
“Hurt You To Hear This”
“Something New”
“Settle Down”
“Good Side”
“Lying To Myself”
“Black Sheep”