Good Afternoon Brennin! Thank you so much for talking with Battered and Brewed!What was a typical dinner or family meal like for you growing up?
My favorite meal growing up was meatloaf.
Was there ever music playing in the kitchen?
I don’t specifically recall music ever being played in the kitchen. If it was, my mom probably had the Eagles or Linda Ronstadt blaring.
What’s your favorite ingredient to cook with?
Garlic is a must with every dish.
Which three things are always in your home refrigerator?
We always have milk for the kids, eggs, and pimento cheese. I’m a little bit addicted to pimento cheese.
After playing a late show, what is your guilty pleasure food?
Don’t judge me, but I like the Steak Quesarito and Chipotle Chicken Loaded Griller from Taco Bell.
Most memorable meal while touring. Where were you and what did it involve?
The funniest memory I have was at an Applebee’s in Riverside, CA. Our guitar player, Randy Sanders, made a disgusted face after taking a bite of his gravy and said, “This gravy tastes like a bowling alley.” We started laughing and of course questioned what he meant. He told me to try it, so I did. It literally tasted like all bowling alley’s smell- musty 1985 cigarette smoke stained walls and lane oil.
What is the one place you have always dreamed of dining?
I have always dreamed of performing at the White House and dining with the President. That would be the ultimate gig and dinner.
Being in Nashville a while, you have seen the food and drink industry really boom. Name three food experiences visitors to Nashville should not miss.
Pinewood Social is one of the coolest hangs in Nashville. The food and drinks are excellent, service is great, and the atmosphere is unique. They have a bowling alley, but I promise the gravy doesn’t taste like it. My favorite southern dish is the chicken fried chicken at The Southern. My wife, Kelly, and I eat that meal on every anniversary. If you like oysters, Le Sel is THE spot. The fries are unreal and the drinks are always on point. You really can’t go wrong with any Strategic Hospitality establishment.
You have partnered with YWCA for your brand new single, “Rip off the Rearview,” featuring Vince Gill and half of the iTunes sales will go to YWCA to support victims of domestic abuse. That is amazing and very generous of you. What inspired you to do this song and what was it like working with Vince Gill?
This song started as a breakup song, but my co-writer, Adam James, came with the line, “It’s a two year version of a one-night stand and a real good warning from his right hand.” I had chills from head to toe. I knew we had something special after those words came out of his mouth. My wife worked in the charity world for 10 years and after hearing the work tape of the song, she said, “We have to partner with YWCA and help bring more awareness.” After meeting with them, I was blown away by the statistics. One in four women will experience domestic violence. We knew we had to make this the best that it could be, so I called Vince. He didn’t hesitate to put his signature voice on it. I was fortunate to write with him and have a cut on his latest album- collaborating with Vince is a dream come true.
We also shot a music video down in Austin with director, Britt West, and two brilliant actors, Molly Burnett and Spencer Neville. It will be out in the near future.
Finally for Battered and Brewed, If you could have a drink with anyone, who would it be and what would you have?
I’d love to play cards with my favorite athlete, Russell Westbrook. I’ve heard he doesn’t drink, so I might just have a sweet tea. If he doesn’t win MVP this season, I might attempt to drink an entire bottle of Gentleman Jack. Thunder Up!
Oklahoma native, Brennin, moved to Music City in 2007 to pursue the spotlight in country music and quickly caught the attention of Music Row, signing a publishing deal shortly after the move and touring and opening for country music mainstays across the US and Canada. The singer-songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist was soon featured on numerous televisions shows, including Ellen Degeneres and The X-Factor, where Simon Cowell praised the talented singer as having a “brilliant voice with a great charisma that could be turned into a great artist.” Brennin has since appeared on the former ABC hit series “Nashville” as Sullivan Fitzgerald. Recently signed to Deluge Music, the singer-songwriter earned his latest cut, “I Can’t Do This,” on country icon Vince Gill’s 2016 album, Down to My Last Bad Habit, and has toured the Middle East and Europe performing for the United States Military. Brennin has partnered with YWCA for his brand new single, “Rip off the Rearview,” featuring Vince Gill, which is now available for download and streaming. 50% of iTunes sales will go to YWCA to support victims of domestic abuse.
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