11 Questions to a Nashville Musician: Brittany Bexton

Brittany BextonJust as we were about to go into hiding for much longer than anyone expected, Nashville’s Brittany Bexton released two fine songs that spoke somewhat prophetically about what we would be facing. Hopefully appropriate as much now as they were back then, both “Believe Again” and “Kissin’ Fear Goodbye” are passionate optimistic songs about holding onto faith and shunning fear. There’s also a brand-new video for “Believe Again” for your viewing pleasure.

Brittany is gearing up her post-Pandemic resurgence which means some more new music and local appearances. For now, sit back and enjoy the comfort of these latest songs. You’ll love Brittany’s charming vocals as much as you love her lyrical message.

Thanks, Brittany, for letting us all know you through this interview. Hope to see you around town sometime soon!

Where are you from originally, when did you move to Nashville and why?

I grew up in California in the San Francisco Bay Area (a more country area north of the city). I have been doing music and performing my whole life, but while California has some music opportunities, it really wasn’t where I could grow my career. I had thought initially I would move to Austin, and I really knew nothing about Tennessee. But every time I thought I was going to move a door would close, or the timing just wasn’t right. I started praying about it and asking God where He wanted me to move and when.

Within a few months, of praying like this, I was out networking at a local venue, and the performer that night was talking to me after the show. He asked me “Why are you here? You can’t do what you need to do with music here!” He said, “Why aren’t you in Nashville?! You move to Nashville, move tomorrow if you have to!” I kind of chuckled about his fervor at the time, but I went home that night thinking about it and started looking up Nashville and the music opportunities here. I realized it truly was where the music business was. The next day at lunch, one of my guitar players said, “You should really be in Nashville.” Then a day or two later another friend said “Why are you visiting Texas? You should be going to Nashville.” The word and directive couldn’t have been clearer. I decided to move three days later. And three months later I did move, with my Pontiac vibe as full as I could get it! That was October 2011.

What are the first and the last records you bought, and where did you buy them? Were they CD, vinyl or digital? 

I’m not sure if I can remember the first CD I bought for myself. But I can definitely tell you the first band that I ever started listening to that my parents didn’t introduce me to. And that was Oasis, and their album (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?. That may have been the first album I really purchased. Around the same time, I purchased pretty much all of the early Jewel CD’s, starting with Pieces of You. I was so immersed in her music already when I purchased my first, that it’s hard to really say exactly which one came first. The last full album I purchased is Peace Vol. 1 + 2 by Bethel Music. It is basically really peaceful mellow remixes of well-known worship songs. It is a great way to wind down.

First and last live concerts that you’ve seen?

First concert I ever went to was New Kids on the Block. The last one was for KING & COUNTRY at the new First Bank Amphitheater in Thompsons Station. The amphitheater is awesome, built into a rock quarry, and I was really impressed with the whole production that for KING & COUNTRY put on. Every piece of the show was thought through. Before the lockdowns, I think the last big concert I had gone to was Train.

Whose star should be added to the Music City Walk of Fame?

Ronnie Dunn. He’s always been one of my favorite country singers, and it only seems right since his longtime show partner, Kix Brooks, is already on there.

Where do you go in Nashville for coffee and pizza? 

In Nashville for coffee, Frothy Monkey, because I really enjoy their breakfasts and they are gluten free friendly. Pizza is a tougher one, I haven’t really gotten pizza much in town since I discovered I needed to be gluten free, but if you had asked a few years back I would have said Pizza Perfect.

What’s your favorite record to ever come out of Nashville? 

Oh boy, ever? I’m not good at picking just one. I mean there are endless options and different decades for which I would tell you different albums. But, as far as Country in the decade since I’ve lived in Nashville, if I were going to pick a whole album and not just a few songs, I’d probably say either Eric Church’s Chief album. I also really love the Eli Young Band’s Life at Best album. Overall, they both just have solid songs top to bottom. There are so many other good ones though!

Where’s the best place to eat late night after a show? 

I probably have to go with Waffle House. Mainly because anywhere you go in the South, you can find one, and they are always open. I’ve definitely gotten late night hashbrowns, bacon and eggs many times!

The Bluebird calls and asks you to host an “In the Round.” Pick three local songwriters to join you. 

Rick Ferrell, Bridgette Tatum, and Jeffrey East (technically he’s semi-local now, because he comes back and forth from LA, but he’s an amazing writer, and we’ve written some great ones together in the past).

What are your favorite music venues to play in town? 

I really loved 12th and Porter when I first moved. I haven’t been there in ages, but they had great sound and lights, and it was always a good experience. I like playing at Belcourt Taps as well, it’s cozy and sentimental for me, because it was my very first show in Nashville, and when I first moved, I worked there for a little while, and made a lot of friends there. Some of my favorite shows in town have been private shows on a rooftop high rise in Nashville. My entertainment attorney sometimes puts shows on at their rooftop, and the view is incredible.

Name a musician who you’d like to see move here. 

Oh boy, I have no idea who lives here now versus who lives out of town. Musicians live a life out of a suitcase so frequently, it’s hard to know who’s coming or going. But I can definitely say I would love to see more of the singer-songwriter type artist influence in the area in the vein of Colbie Callait and John Mayer.

Finally, what’s in your musical future?

I am super excited about my new Music Video release of “Believe Again.” I released it on February 28, 2020, as the first single off a brand-new EP I had just finished working on. Then the whole world shut down with the COVID lockdowns, and because of the shut down, I held back releasing most of the songs. And my video content got really delayed as well. So, I have a lot of content that’s been waiting in the wings. I have three new songs getting ready to come out on top of the two that have already been released (“Believe Again,” and “Kissin’ Fear Goodbye”). And I’m excited to do some more videos to go with some of the new music. My next single release will be “Dance with the Devil” which is a rocker.

I have also been writing a lot and hope to release some brand-new singles as well. I’m looking forward to being able to get out on the road again to perform with people in person too. The shutdown in 2020 put a serious damper on touring, and it was the longest I have ever gone without performing live and in person in my entire life. I’ve been doing some shows since things have opened back up, but I am really looking forward to getting out more and back on the road. A computer livestream could never take the place of the real human connection that happens with a stage performance. I have missed it and am so ready to do more again!

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