Will You Ever Hear a Brent Ryan “Protest Song”?

I’ll tell you as a disclaimer right now that I vowed to myself that in my musical career I would never get political.  My reasoning is twofold. One, I don’t ever want to isolate a valuable part of my fan-base. Secondly, I never want to boost my own ego to think that I know more about right and wrong simply because I’m a musician with a microphone. To me that seems manipulative in the same way that cult leaders are manipulative.  Being given a stage is a dangerous responsibility, and I try to protect myself from letting it get to my head.  Why is my political perspective any better than anybody else’s? Let me assure you right now that it is not. Don’t ever let me fool you into thinking otherwise.

Is Kentucky the New Texas?

Perhaps I do write this post to poke at my fellow Texans a little bit. But I do it out of love. Why? Because I want Texas to continue to generate and value unique off-the-grid music. Alongside the exploding Texas music scene comes money. And when money gets big, a gold-rush of money chasers follow suit.  When that happens, the sincerity of organic songwriters with a unique voice can get left behind, lost in the crowd of screaming college kids that worship a supposed unique “Texas Country” performer who is really only regenerating a 1990’s sound, and brag about how rebellious it all is simply because it isn’t Nashville.