Braden Baugh – Artist Showcase

Braden Baugh

Building a Fan Base One Fan at a Time

Braden Baugh I had the chance to sit down with Country Performing Artist and Songwriter Braden Baugh to talk abut his upcoming EP and his life, songwriting and more.

Nashville Rocks: Who is Braden Baugh?

Braden Baugh: A country artist born and raised here in the Nashville area which I guess is a little bit unique nowadays.

NR: Is it unique. You and I may be some of the only ones left.

BB: Yeah, it seems like it doesn’t happen often, but I love other people coming here. It helps with the cowrites and it’s cool to be able to go downtown and see people. Nashville is truly where I grew up.

NR: Where did you go to high school?

BB: Hendersonville High School

Braden Baugh Golfer Turned Songwriter

NR: Did you go to Vol State?

BB:  I actually went to play Golf in college. We had a pretty good golf team in High School and I was fortunate to be able to do that for about a year and a half and I had continued writing during that whole process. That’s when I decided it was time to move home and get some of this music out…

NR: Get serious about it..

BB: That is when I tried to write more seriously and dig deeper into the songs and maie sure I was getting some good stories. Really that’s my biggest thing is I’m very much into the story aspect of my songwriting. That’s something that you’ll here with “this Dance” when it comes out and even with “Hope You Like Me” When I first started writing it was almost an introduction song.

NR: Kinda like Kid Rock’s “My Name Is Kid?”

BB: yeah, believe it or not when I first wrote that song, the first line started out my name is Braden and I said oh man, I need to go back and start that over…and do something different with it, but the thing I like that it turned into was that I was able to set the scene in that bar and kindof tell about who I am by mentioning some older artists. Some artists that I’m influenced by to be able to give people an idea of who I am and who it is that I listen to.

NR: Give me some of those names and describe what people are going to hear with “Hope You Like Me?”

BB: Willie, Waylon, Skaggs, Lester and Earl, Strait, Hank Williams…all those guys.

NR: Quintessential country influencers…

BB: Exactly, I have their records and for me trying to write and move forward and to create new music I need to go back and listen to the foundation…the guys who laid out that foundation and really take as much influence as I can from them and then move forward with my own. Which is kind of how I started and one of the things you know we’ll play some cover tunes pulling out the Willie Nelson and the Hank Williams, the George Strait…those guys are fun and…

NR: You get a lot of response from an audience when you play those tunes…

BB: Exactly and a lot of the times when we play that we have people saying “I love that you played that” because they haven’t heard anyone play that in a while.

NR: Because most people are playing Eric Church

BB: Don’t get me wrong, I love Eric Church, but I love to pull out that Waylon Jennings song that people haven’t heard in a while. Even though that’s not whats primarily being played on the radio, people love those songs. That’s part of the indicator of a great country song. The fact that they ‘ve lasted through time and that’s what I really want to do with my music as well is really write music that is going to last and that people will want to go back and listen to.

NR: Tell us about the songs that you are developing for the EP…

BB: Hope You Like Me is up online right now to listen to and will be made available for download, then we have “this Dance” which is one I’m really proud of and it tells a story of the girl that got away so to speak and walks through the different aspects of this one relationship, but it’s got a more traditional country feel. Even in the music, we had a great fiddle player come in and play on it. We had Andy Reese from Time Jumpers was able to come in and play electric guitar and Mike Chapman on the bass and they are all just great players anyway and helped add to the excitement.

NR: So will there be 5 tracks?

BB: Yeah we’ve got 3 recorded and we’re adding some songs and should have it recorded fully soon and we’re looking forward to seeing people download it. It really shows who I am even though it’s a little bit different than what is currently being played. It might be a little different than the current trend but its still country and it’s something that’s gotten a great response from crowds so far. I’m interested to see how it goes over and how people like it.

NR: Stylistically what’s coming up on the EP?

BB: It’ll be similar to artists I grew up with and tends to show in some of the songs.

NR: What are your plans for the future

BB: Take the music to as many people as I can. I am working on still writing. Not only for myself, but to pitch around town. My stuff will continue and book more gigs. We’ll try to get on with a booking agent and get some bigger shows and venues. I’m ok if I have to build it fan by fan. Especially in today’s market and the way it goes. I’ve found that even if the first time I go to a place my goal is to make sure that they remember me.

NR: Any stories from your travels on the road?

BB: Anything that can go wrong will go wrong. Kinda how it goes. No matter what goes wrong, we still have a great show. As long as you have the music…I’ve spent a long time writing and I love the response we get from the crowds. I’m just going to keep doing that.

NR: How do we follow up with you

BB: www.Braden-baugh.com, FacebookTwitter You know social is a great way to stay in touch and stay updated with the fans. We find out where they want us to be and make it happen.

Braden Baugh Braden Baugh Debut EP Solo Effort

BB: This is the first time we’ve gotten really good musicians to play on our tracks. Skip mitchell was live player for Oak Ridge Boys.

NR: If you could tour with anyone, who would you like to tour with?

BB: I like what Easton Corbin is doing. I love Eric Church. Either of them would be a blast.

NR: how has the entire process been so far putting together your EP?

BB: It’s one of those things thats been a longer process that what I was wanting initially, but I’ve been working with some industry people that are helping me make sure it’s what people want to hear.

NR: So how old are you anyway?

BB: I’m 22 and making songs sound better and better.

NR: Where can we see you play anytime soon?

BB: Tullahoma Country Music Festival [schema type=”event” evtype=”MusicEvent” url=”https://www.reverbnation.com/venue/385477″ name=”Tullahoma Country Music Festival” description=”1st Annual Tullahoma Country Music Festival Outdoors at the S. Jackson Civic Center July 24, 25, 26, 2015″ stime=”08:00 pm” street=”404 S Jackson St, Tullahoma, TN, US ” city=”Tullahoma” state=”TN” postalcode=” 37388″ country=”US” ] with the full band.

To listen to “Hope You Like Me” And Find out more about Braden Baugh, click one of the links below or Visit his Reverb Nation App on his Facebook Page HERE.

By: Jason R. Coleman – Nashville Rocks®

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Artists Performing at LP Field Include Gary Allan, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Kelly Clarkson, Florida Georgia Line, Hunter Hayes, Miranda Lambert, Jake Owen, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift, The Band Perry, Keith Urban, and Zac Brown BandNASHVILLE – Where can you find more CMA Award winners and nominees than at the annual CMA Awards? Try the 2013 CMA Music Festival!The star-packed lineup is bursting at the seams with reigning trophy winners, former Award recipients, and nominees all performing for the most ardent, passionate fans in the world during CMA Music Festival, Thursday through Sunday, June 6-9, in Nashville.“We have an amazing lineup of talent for this year’s Festival,” said Steve Moore, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “I know our fans will be entertained and enthralled to see our annual family reunion of the best and brightest performers in the industry.”

More artists have just been announced including Gary Allan, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Kelly Clarkson, Florida Georgia Line, Hunter Hayes, Miranda Lambert, Jake Owen, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift, The Band Perry, Keith Urban, and Zac Brown Band.

Previously announced performers for this one-of-a-kind, award-winning festival include Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, and Carrie Underwood (with more artists to be announced soon).

Allan made his first appearance at Fan Fair in 1997. In 2003, he received his first CMA Awards nomination for the Horizon Award (now known as the New Artist of the Year). He last played LP Field in 2006 and he opened the concerts at Riverfront Park in 2011.

Bentley made his first Festival appearance in 2003 at Riverfront Park. He has performed at LP Field seven times and has 10 CMA nominations to his credit including a win in 2005 for the Horizon Award.

eric churchReigning CMA Album of the Year winner for Chief, Church will be making his second, consecutive appearance at LP Field in 2013. He played Riverfront from 2006-2009. Church was the top CMA Awards nominee in 2012.

kelly clarksonClarkson is no stranger to the LP Field stage having played the Nightly Concerts in 2007 and 2011. She has four CMA Award nominations to her credit and one win for Musical Event of the Year with Jason Aldean in 2011 for “Don’t You Wanna Stay.”

What a difference a huge hit (“Cruise”) and a year make for Florida Georgia Line. In 2012, the duo performed on one of the events numerous free stages downtown, and now they will have their first LP Field performance in 2013.

hunter hayesReigning New Artist of the Year Hayes made his first Festival appearance in one of the free areas in 2011. In 2012, he was invited to LP Field, and he will be making his return appearance in 2013.

Miranda LambertReigning CMA Female Vocalist and Song of the Year winner Lambert first played Riverfront in 2004 and has performed at LP Field every year since (2005-2012). She has 22 CMA Awards nominations and has won six times, including three for Female Vocalist of the Year (2010-2012).

Owen has played Riverfront four times (2005, 2006, 2010, 2011) and LP Field three times (2008, 2009, 2012). Owen has two CMA Awards nominations including Musical Event of the Year (2008) and New Artist of the Year (2009).

Brad PaisleyPaisley, who has hosted the CMA Awards with Underwood for the past five years, made his first Fan Fair appearance in 1998. Since then, he has performed on the LP Field stage 10 times (2001-2004, 2006, 2007, 2009-2012). He has 58 CMA Awards nominations and 14 wins including three for Male Vocalist of the Year (2007-2009) and one for Entertainer of the Year (2010).

blake sheltonThe reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year Shelton performed at Riverfront for the first time in 2001. Since then, he has played at LP Field six times (2002, 2005, 2006, 2010-2012). He has 15 CMA Awards nominations and five wins including three for Male Vocalist of the Year (2010-2012) and Song of the Year with wife Lambert for “Over You” (2012).

Taylor SwiftSwift first played Riverfront in 2006 and has played LP Field four times (2007-2009, 2011). She has 15 CMA Awards nominations and seven wins including her first for the Horizon Award in 2007 and two for Entertainer of the Year (2009, 2011), which ties her with Barbara Mandrell for wins in that category by a female artist.

The Band Perry’s first CMA Music Festival performance was at Riverfront in 2010. They performed at LP Field in 2011 and 2012. The sibling trio has garnered six CMA Awards nominations and two wins including New Artist of the Year in 2011 and Single and Song of the Year (for composer Kimberly Perry) for “If I Die Young” in 2011.

Urban has played LP Field seven times. He has collected 25 career CMA Awards nominations and won six trophies from the Horizon Award in 2001 to Entertainer of the Year in 2005. He has been named CMA Male Vocalist of the Year three times (2004-2006).

Zac Brown Band has appeared at CMA Music Festival every year since 2008 when they performed at Riverfront and have played LP Field every year since (2009-2012). The band has 12 CMA Awards nominations and one win for New Artist of the Year in 2010. Zac Brown has six solo CMA Awards nominations to his credit.

Now is the time to experience CMA Music Festival. According to Budget Travel Magazine, Nashville is one of the Top 10 Best Budget Destinations and CMA Music Festival is “the” time to visit. And Conde Nast Traveler selected Nashville as one of the Best Places to Go in 2013 citing easy access to “incredible live music.”

Fans can purchase tickets to 2013 CMA Music Festival through Ticketmaster at Ticketmaster.com or 1(800)745-3000. They can also purchase them by calling 1(800)CMA-FEST (262-3378). Ticket prices are based on the level of seating at LP Field for the Nightly Concerts, and range from $135 to $350 plus handling fees. A limited number of four-day parking passes for LP Field are also available (parking is not included in the Festival ticket price), ranging from $60 for Cars to $140 for an RV/Motorcoach, plus handling fees.

Ticket and parking prices are subject to change without notice. All sales are final and non-refundable. Children 3 years and younger are admitted FREE. For information on ADA seating, please call 1-800-CMA-FEST.

Fans can stay in the loop by visiting CMAfest.com, the official website of CMA Music Festival, where they can sign up for the CMA Exclusive e-news, follow the CMA Facebook and Twitter feeds for more insider info and of course see the entire lineup of Country Music’s biggest stars as they are announced in the coming weeks.

The Ultimate Country Music Fan Experience began in 1972 as Fan Fair®, bringing 5,000 fans to Nashville’s Municipal Auditorium. More than 40 years later, the legendary festival has become the city’s signature event, which annually attracts tens of thousands of fans from all 50 states and around the globe and has raised $7.6 million for music education.

CMA Music Festival will once again be filmed for a national television special to air on the ABC Television Network. This is the 10th consecutive year that the event has been filmed for a network television special, a feat no other music festival has achieved. “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” will be executive-produced by Robert Deaton.