The Long Road Festival
8th September 2018
KW: Hi Brent it’s lovely to see you again. My Interview questions are a mixture from superfan Anna Maclauchlan, who you also know and myself.
You’ve always said your music is deeply rooted in your home of southern Georgia and ‘Rainy Day’ felt like you were looking toward a range of new horizons and opportunities. ‘Providence Canyon’ however feels more like a love letter to your home, a yearning to be back there. How do you feel that reflects what was going on with you during the time you were putting the album together?
BC: I was on the road so much last year, it was not just about missing home but missing my family and how being with them is sacred and protected like a providence canyon.
KW: Music has always been a huge part of your family life, from Opry debuts with your Dad to Uncle Dave producing your albums… how much do you feel your family have influenced your career in music and your most recent work on ‘Providence Canyon’?
BC: Wholly and completely. It’s our family’s secondary source of income. My Dad played every weekend. For me it was a valid profession as much as other trades were.
KW: Does your daughter Lyla have any plans to start playing an instrument to make Album 4 a real family event?
BC: We just bought her a little piano, but we are not pushy at all. However, she is naturally musical. She is already writing her own songs, she dances, she is a born entertainer. (Look for an instagram post of Brent dressed as Prince Charming with Lyla dressed as a princess).
KW: ‘Providence Canyon’ reflects a wide range of musical styles, was this a deliberate choice on your part or did it feel like a natural progression as the music and stories you wanted to tell developed?
BC: It was a deliberate choice to change the sound, but if you take away the electric organ, vocals etc it’s similar to my previous album.
KW: Over the last couple of years you have spent a lot of time with Chris Stapleton on his ‘All American Roadshow’. Firstly – please bring that to the UK, we love Chris and Marty over here. Secondly – on an creative level how much do you get out of touring with these kinds of writers and performers?
BC: Chris Stapleton is one of the nicest human beings I have ever met. We wrote together some years ago and he is still the same guy. When I started on music row I looked up to him. He’s always been a superstar.
KW: We are desperate for him to come back here. He played a short set at Country to Country a couple of years ago after the release of the critically acclaimed debut album ‘Traveller’. He was so humble and when he sung ‘You Are My Sunshine’ with his wife Morgane. You could have heard a pin drop. It is the only time I have witnessed almost 20,000 people requesting an encore at Country to Country by stamping their feet.
KW: You have recently been gaining support from big companies using your music to promote their brand/product (Ram trucks and most recently the new Paramount TV show, Yellowstone – which looks great by the way!). This obviously opens your music up to being heard by a much wider audience, is that ever something you thought your music would be used for?
BC: I hoped it would. The climate has changed. It’s taken me twelve years to get to the bottom.
KW: Anna heard that you believe you may have been abducted by aliens? Are you at liberty to share more information about this? (She told me to say that she is genuinely interested and is not pulling your leg).
BC: Ha! There’s nothing more to that story than I told at the Grammys.
KW: You’re a man who seems to be very much at home in the country and who sees beauty in the simple things in life, so if an alien asked you to show them one thing that would convince them not to destroy the earth what would it be? (Red eye gravy? Room With a View Vol. 2? Providence Canyon State Park?).
BC: It would have to be red eye gravy.
KW: Can you recommend a place in Nashville for good home style cooking?
BC: I don’t live there now but I’d probably say Swetts.
KW: What has been your favourite venue in the world to play to date?
BC: Red Rocks supporting Chris Stapleton.
KW: Which venue have you not played that you would like to play?
BC: I don’t really have any aspirations to play at any specific venues, I don’t have a bucket list as I have grown up playing these venues with my family.
KW: Thank you for your time, I hope you have a wonderful time in Brighton, my home city. I’d be there but I will be in Nashville for Americana Fest.