Doug Briney is a country singer from Alaska, who’s second CD “Super Country Cowboy” is set to be released in October 2013; here is a link to his website:
Q: What attracted you to country music?
A: My very first musical influences were country musicians and I’ve listened to country my whole life. So for me, it really is a part of who I am.
Q: What is the central theme of “It’s More Than Just a Farm to Me”?
A: To me the central theme is simply, Hard Work Pays Off.
Q: Who are some of your influences?
A: My early influences were Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, Kenny Rogers, Lee Greenwood and Alabama. My more current influences are Toby Keith, Trace Adkins, Chris Young and Ronnie Dunn. I’d like to add that if given the opportunity the person I’d most like to do a duet with would be Jennifer Nettles.
Q: What kind of training have you had?
A: I was a vocal music major in college. I graduated with a BA in Music from Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College. So my training was pretty formal.
Q: Do you think country music has gotten more political over the years? (why or why not)
A: I don’t really think it has become any more political but I do think the news media and with social media we are more connected to what artists whether they are musicians or actors on every thought they have even political.
Q: What is your strangest concert story?
A: My strangest story, would be last summer I did a motorcycle tour from Anchorage to Orange County, California. On my way back to Alaska I stopped to visit a cousin of mine who I had never met, he ran a recovery center for addicts of all kinds. It was about 10 when I pulled in and after a tour of the place, I ran out to my trailer and pulled out all my gear and did an impromptu concert outside on the patio we started about 11pm and after about 15 minutes neighbors from all sides where coming out and joining in on the fun. It was just a very cool night yet strange because it wasn’t planned, we didn’t advertise, I just had fun and before I knew what was happening I had probably 100 or so people there having fun.
Q: What has been your greatest triumph so far?
A: My greatest life triumph are my children. I am extremely proud of each of them. Musically, I’d have to say that my biggest triumph or success has been my nomination and award by the ICoMA for my live performance of the National Anthem.
Q: What has been you biggest professional let down?
A: About a year ago I was playing a show at a bar in Anchorage, Alaska. There was a guy who came up and introduced himself as Dierks Bentley‘s tour manager. He said he loved my music and was going to introduce me to Dierks before his concert and get me backstage passes as well as work to get me on the tour with him. I believed him as he gave me a card with his name and number on it. The following day was the day of the concert and I never heard from him. I tried calling the number only to find it was a bogus number. I’m not sure why this guy was posing as a representative of Dierks and not sure what he had hoped to gain by lying to me but it hurt and was a huge letdown to me.
Q: If your life were a famous country song which one would it be and why?
A: Rodney Adkins song, “If You’re Going Through Hell, Just Keep on Going.” The why to that is simply no matter how hard life has been for me and my family I just keep pressing on. We’ve been thrown some pretty big curves and we roll with them and keep pressing on.
Johnny Cash, I guess my reasoning is I’m much more familiar with him and his music. I’ve performed more of his music then Patsy or Ray’s music. As a side note, I visited The Cowboy Church of Nashville and had the privilege of singing there on a Sunday evening, Johnny Cash’s sister JoAnna Cash Yates is the Pastors wife. I really felt like I was singing in front of country royalty.
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