With all that he has accomplished and continues to accomplish, Shane credits his upbringing in Mineral Wells as one of the main reasons for his success.
“A lot of people will say, ‘I can’t wait to go home and show all those people what I did,’” Shane said about the negative attitude some have about where they came from. “The truth is, I had so much support, I feel like the reason I ended up in Nashville is because everybody [in Mineral Wells] told me I could.
“Everybody always championed my music and would come and watch me play. Everybody believed in me, more than I believed in me a lot of times. I take that with me every day. That really is the greatest gift I could have gotten. I just feel so loved.”
But of all the people that influenced and encouraged Shane along the way in Mineral Wells, none was more important than his mother.
Like any son, Shane loves his mother dearly and said her knack for story-telling taught him a lot about writing country music. She is also the inspiration for many of Shane’s songs. For example, Shane said his award-nominated song “Merry Go ‘Round” contains many lines that his mother used to tell him. He said he gives her a lot of verbal credit.
“I guess she’s probably wondering when she’s gonna get paid,” he said as he laughed.
“Mama’s Broken Heart” is the song that pulls content from Margaret Terry the most, though. For those who haven’t heard Miranda Lambert sing it, the song tells the story of a mother telling her daughter to pull it together and not act up in public after a tough break-up. Needless to say, the daughter doesn’t take that advice too well.