While many people associate country music with the "beer and truck" style that is so prevalent on American radio nowadays, there are legions of musicians holding tightly to the genre's roots, crafting vivid scenes of life and even adding splashes of musical experimentation when they can.

At the forefront of this movement would be Sam Outlaw, the Los Angeles-based troubadour who eschews conventionality in favor of something more heartfelt.

Outlaw's recent record Tenderheart, which earned him two nominations from the British Country Music Association, is a lovingly crafted record full of rich, warm instruments and tight songwriting.

Telling stories of domestic life with his wife and child, as well as painting scenes from his time in and around LA, Outlaw avoids the trappings of modern country. Instead, he works with elements of honky tonk and mariachi to give his brand of music a life all its own.

As Outlaw works his way through Europe at the moment, he was kind enough to answer a few of The 405's questions about his record, himself, and the country scene in LA.

At the heart of Tenderheart, to me, is this peace with settling down and enjoying a domestic life alongside your wife and child. How much has your family life influenced your songwriting?

I don’t really differentiate “family life” from “life”. My experiences have always been deeply influenced by family and so have my songs. Having our son has been the most incredible experience of my life and it just gets better.

As of late, country music frequently is associated with a certain brand of machismo that seems absent in your music. Can you speak to this difference?

I don’t have a beard and I wasn’t raised on a ranch. I like nice hotel rooms, gin martinis and HBO. I also really love country music, take good care of my Stetson and know how to ride a horse. But deep down I’m not a “country boy”. I’m just a songwriter.

So many people associate country with cities like Nashville. You've worked hard to remind people that great country can come from a city like LA. How has the country music scene in LA evolved since you moved there?

When I first started playing out in 2009 people thought I was a weirdo. I wore a western hat and had a pedal steel player in my band -- which a lot of people my age had never seen before. There’s WAY more country bands in LA now and I’m happy to report the scene is growing every year.

What kind of music are you enjoying nowadays?

Enya, Fetty Wap, Bryan Adams and Holst.

I hear a little Tom Petty when I listen to your records. Did he ever influence your work?

HUGELY. I’ve been a fan of his music my whole life and each time I revisit his music I find new things to fall in love with. Tom Petty is one of the greatest songwriters of all time and his albums are among the best in rock n roll.

What's next for you?

Time to make a new album, baby. I’ve been really influenced by the film Wonder Woman and I’m reading a book called "The Secret History of Wonder Woman" about the man and two women who created the comic book character. This story will definitely influence my new album so I’m excited to start tracking.

Tenderheart is out now. Outlaw is currently on tour throughout Europe, including upcoming shows in Edinburgh, Leicester, London and York. You can get more information and purchase tickets by heading to Outlaw's website.