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What happens in Nashville, stays in Nashville. Kinda. If you have never had the opportunity to visit Music City and experience the ambience along Broadway, I highly suggest it.
You'll be pleasantly surprised with an amazing mixture of most musical genres. From rockabilly, punk rap, soul and some artists are even singing the blues. I was impressed with their drive and desire to fuel their passion - music.
Walking along Broadway the sounds of music pours out into the streets while the alcohol is poured into the chilled glasses inside the bars. Then comes the laughter, the dancing, the new friendships made. What a fine combination - music, dancing, laughter, friends and booze.
So what are y'all waiting for? Nashville musicians are waiting on you to visit so they could entertain you. They welcome requests and please tip them well, these amazing artists work hard for their money.
Brady Brueggen is one of those musicians. Brady hails from Cashton/Westby, Wisconsin but he now calls Nashville home.
For your entertainment I present, Brady Brueggen...
Is There a Family History of Musicians?
Music goes way back to my ancestors in Germany. My dad has a well established old time polka band (The Mississippi Valley Dutchmen) that travels mostly throughout the Midwest. He plays an instrument called the concertina and is one of the best at what he does.
My grandpa, being 84, just recently hung up the trumpet (also played in my dad's band). He was and still is a great singer and entertainer, he had to back off due to his health. If it were up to him he'd be playing every weekend. My stepmom is also a drummer in my dad's band and used to drum and play a number of different instruments including the fiddle and sax in her parent's band in Minnesota. She also plays the keys from time to time.
My sister is a phenomenal singer/songwriter. My two youngest brothers also play a number of instruments and are beginning to dabble in my dad's band as well. A large number of my cousins, aunts and uncles play/played/direct school bands, etc.
I guess music just found its way in our bloodline. (I concur!)
Do You Have a Ritual Prior To Performing?
I like to listen to good music and relax.
Your Thoughts On The Evolution Of Country Music?
It's a genre. People do get sensitive over it though. But yes it's evolving every day. I personally believe country music today is a broad genre. Right now it seems that if it has lyrics that the majority can relate to, then it's country. The good old everyday American life. 90s country was awesome growing up to.
Is There a Musician That Inspired You?
I have to say my dad. He's the one who I watched the most as a youngster.
Do You Play Any Other Instruments Besides The Drums?
I kind of play around on the bass. I used to play the trumpet when I was like 7 years old. Haha! I want to learn the guitar NOW!
Past or Present, Which Band Would You Want to Drum For?
Right now I'd say Highly Suspect. From the past, I have too many to list.
Could You Tell Us What The Cajon Is?
The Cajon is a hand drum, or some may call it a box drum. It's just a very stripped down version of the drum set, obviously making slightly different noises.
The main part is the bass and the other is the snare. You just hit it with your hands. It takes some getting used to. You could even throw in a shaker, little cymbal or tambourine. I like to keep it simple.
Cameron Merrell and Brady Brueggen
What Inspired Your Love of Country Music?
The area I'm from is very country. From "drive your tractor to school day" to helping the neighbors stack a hay mow. I literally grew up in what country songs are written about. It's really neat. I have an appreciation for all kinds of music though. I don't want to be stuck as just one genre. If you could take a little bit of all my favorite bands and blend them together, that's what I want to create.
Do You Write Your Own Songs?
I've written a few but nothing I've totally put to work. I have a lot of starts and ideas in my notebook. I enjoy writing.
What Is Your Muse?
Music. It's almost like a spirit. When I get in my creative zone and shut everything else out, I can really feel it. I love it.
Most Famous Musician That You've Met?
Johnny Stevens - He's the frontman of Highly Suspect. We hung out after a show in La Crosse, WI. It was really fun.
Favorite Musician To Jam With?
Cameron Merrell. He's got soul. Also the Blue Collar 40 boys back home. Playing in my dad's band with my grandpa were some of the best memories as well.
How Did You and Cameron Meet?
We were both planning on moving to Nashville in February 2016. At the time we both didn't know anyone and resorted to a musician Facebook group. I checked out his originals and dug it right away and thought it'd be fun to collab. When we moved in February we scheduled a little jam session at my apartment. We became good friends and always centralize around music and just hanging out and playing Madden.
Cameron and Brady
Where Do You See Yourself In 5 Years?
My buddy Jay from back home and I made a pact that we're going to build a wooden ship and live like pirates. We're going to sail the Caribbean and beach it with the islanders. There's a lot of lost treasure out there. Just kidding. Were actually doing that when we retire.
Could You Share A Story About A Song You Are Currently Working on?
I'm working on a song about a specific period in my life while living in La Crosse, WI. I wasn't the best version of myself at that time. I knew what I wanted, but it was almost like I was trapped. One of my best friends and biggest influences of my life took his own life. He was chasing his dreams and was on the verge of making it happen. It was almost as if the wisdom he shared with me and the way he lived his life opened up a whole new door for me. He really made me realize what life was about. You just have to go for whatever it is you want. There is a level, yes, but test that level.
Your Advice For An Artist New To The Business?
Be yourself. Don't try and be like anyone else. You're you for a reason. If playing music is your passion you will do whatever it takes to "make it" as a musician. Every person has their own level of making it, but know why you're doing it. Love it or get out. If you're doing it for the money or the fame, your music won't last. Just make good music and have fun.
Your Most Memorable Moment So Far In Your Career?
When I was in Blue Collar 40 and we got to open up for David Lee Murphy. That's when it kind of hit me that I want this to be my life.
Random Facts about Brady Brueggen
- From ages 3-6 he was more of a stage prop dancing with a trumpet in his hand attempting to play polkas and waltzes.
- About age 8 he played his first paid drumming gig for a wedding.
- Favorite drink varies from water to Pabst Blue Ribbon.
- Hasn't been signed to a label, but will consider it.
- Favorite musician is Kurt Cobain.
- Has 371 favorite songs and it's always changing.
- Can be found on Facebook and Instagram - Brady Brueggen (only one there!)
- Also could be found on YouTube with his old band Blue Collar 40.
© 2016 Linda Bilyeu
Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on October 20, 2016:
Cameron and Brady make a good pair. They should band together.
Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on October 16, 2016:
The gig clips are great...
...you are exposing me to a whole new set of 'up and coming'. Thanks, dear Sunshine.
Nell Rose from England on October 11, 2016:
Love your music hubs linda, we don't get these amazing artists over here so, thanks!
FlourishAnyway from USA on October 09, 2016:
I love the drive your tractor to school day tidbit. I grew up in a small town that frequently had tractors riding on the road. Once again, a good series.