Dustin Bogue and Andy Brasher are two young singer song writers that paid there dues big time before moving to Nashville. They both played the clubs and Honky Tonks all over the Midwest and South. Long time friends they would get together and write. Before long The Brasher/Bogue Project was born.
The answers in blue are Dustin Bogue!
The answers in green are Andy Brasher!
"Nashville is open for business!"
"The Brasher Bogue Project"
It's a busy time for you guys, thanks for taking a moment to talk to us. Did you have anything special planned for CMT week? We really only had the one show at "The Hard Rock" on Wednesday. It was billed as a, "CMA Fan Fest Kickoff Party". We had Veronica Ballestrini, Cody McCarver andKingBilly on the bill. It was our 4th show in the "Brasher/Bogue & Real Friends @ The Hard Rock" event series. Best one yet too!
Where was the best place to catch a show last week?
I guess it depends on what ya like! The River Stage is always a great place to catch a show. They always have the big artists all day long. If you can stand the heat, that is!
Nashville is known for its Indy music scene as much as it is for the big guys, who else in town should we all be talking about?
KingBilly is amazing. I met their lead singer Donny in the finals of the first season of "Nashville Star" in Kansas City. They have got a really unique thing goin on, and they are a great bunch of guys. Jerrod Niemann is one of my buddies that is doing really well. One of the best singers in this town! The Shawn and Hobby Band is another killer group that we love to hang out with. David Byrnes and Elliot Sublett are both great artists as well.
There is a pretty decent music scene here in Denver and a lot of the country acts we see are people that have wrote hits for someone else. Do the big guys out there help out at all or are they pretty busy with there own work?
It's all about who you make friends with I guess. Mark Collie took us down to the Gulf Shores to play at "The Flora-Bama". Jerrod Niemann let us borrow his van to go play some shows. Is that what you mean by "help"? LOL!
Is there any advice that you guys would give to someone thinking of moving out to Nashville?
A lot of people have made it but its just as easy to go bust.
You've got to truly love what you do, and you've got to have thick skin. There's always going to be doubters and people that will try to bring you down. Ya gotta believe!
How is playing Nashville different than playing other parts of the country?
It is alot different! There tends to be a higher standard and a few more critics. It can be a bit intimidating having some of the talent in this town there watching you too! I think it just comes back to doing what we do and enjoying it, and letting the rest take care of itself.
Is there more stress involved knowing that anytime someone might walk in and change your lives?
I think we look at it more as excitement than stress. It's kind of nice to know that one person could walk up and shake your hand and change everything. We really tend to think more along the lines of building a team of great people around us, working together and accomplishing things, rather than waiting for that lightning strike of good fortune. Although, we wouldn't run away from it! LOL
I looked at your schedule and you are playing quite a bit, do you get out and see other shows?
We do. Andy goes to more than me. I catch my friends playing in town and maybe an occasional "Ragweed", or Stoney LaRue show. I have a 2 year old boy, and I like my quiet time with him. His performances are by far my favorites!
Are there any plans to tour more extensively now that the album is out or are you writing hard for the next?
We have not been writing together much lately. We are always so damn busy when we get together it seems. We never really stop writing though, and we are excited to get back to where we can sit down and start penning some of our ideas out.
I have listened to both your Solo Albums and the Project and there are radio friendly songs on all of them, are you getting any airplay and how can your fans help you out? All it takes is one song.
The most exciting play that we are getting right now is on Kenny Chesney's, "No Shoes Radio" They are playing the heck out of our stuff! We get some airplay, mostly in Kentucky and Iowa where we are from. Chris Conn has always been a huge supporter and he still gives us a spin every now and then.
What is your Favorite song on the Project album? We love the remake of "Proud" any chance getting it released?
That's like asking which child is your favorite! It changes every day really. "Real Friends" has sort of become our anthem. We love to hear everyone singing every word loud and proud. Oh yeah, and "Proud" is another one that I just love to play and sing. It is one of our goals to go overseas and play it for the troops.
How important is a Web presence now days? It used to be that you could get by plastering flyers and word of mouth. Now every band has a MySpace or Facebook page and usually both. Is the market starting to get so crowded that its hard to stand out?
The web is so crucial, especially for indy artists. It gives us the avenue that is totally necessary to connect with our "friends" and make new ones. We just launched our new website last week. www.brasherbogue.com it has links to our facebook, myspace, youtube, twitter bla bla bla bla bla! LOL!
All of us were pretty worried a few weeks ago, how is the city doing after the floods?
It was a reality check to say the least. In the midst of all of the horrible things that it brought, it really brought the city of Nashville together. No lie, I was amazed at the pride that everyone showed, and how we all rallied and did what we could. We moved our May show from the Hard Rock to The Tin Roof because the Hard Rock was flooded. Our friends at "No Shoes Radio" partnered up with us to make the night a benefit for the Red Cross. We raised a little over $60,000. Oh, and for the record: Nahville is open for Business! What can the rest of us do to lend a hand?
If you go to "No Shoes Radio" you can click on the Red Cross link and donate. Any amount helps for sure, there are still alot of people in need.
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