Cody Bryan

Saturday, December 27, 2014

By Kate Kinder
Editor in Chief 

Mr Cody Bryan of the Cody Bryan Band. Cody is from the big weird city of Austin. 

Are you currently touring? If so with who?
"Yes.  I am currently touring with the Cody Bryan Band."

When and why did you start playing?

"I first got a guitar around the age of seven when my Dad brought it home from a pawnshop, however I wouldn’t exactly say this is when I started playing.  This did put a spark in me to want to start learning.  I fumbled around with guitar for years, occasionally picking it up and playing something along the lines of Iron Man  or Mary Had a Little Lamb but really didn’t start really learning to play until I was a freshman in high school."

Which instruments do you play?

"Guitar, and a little bit of piano, bass, and harmonica.  I also played trumpet in jr. high and high school."

What drives your passion?

"The feeling I get when playing music.  There is nothing like it."

Where do you usually gather songwriting inspiration? What is your usual songwriting process?

"Usually from a situation that I look back on or is currently happening. It’s easiest for me to base my songs on real happenings.  The songwriting process varies.  Sometimes I am jamming and a riff brings about a certain feeling.  A lot of times one line will pop into my head, and I will then work from that."

What was the first songs you learned?

"Other than Mary Had a Little Lamb or Iron Man, it was Last Kiss….Pearl Jam’s version."

Is your family musical?

"Yes.  My father played in a band in high school.  My twin brother, Brett is also musical.  He was a great sax player in jr. high and high school and can also sing. I have musical grandparents as well, and the list goes on down my family tree."

Which famous musicians do you admire? Why?

"Dave Grohl because he just radiates awesomeness.  His stage presence and work ethic is unreal."

Which famous musicians have you learned from?

"John Mayer is one who I took a lot from early on learning guitar. I saw him live a few times, and he is one of those people that can make his guitar speak.  That was an eye opener to me. After that I got into Texas country, and started learning from guys like Randy Rogers, Wade Bowen, Cody Canada, etc.  I would try to catch any live show of theirs I could, and would take away so much from them."

What are your fondest musical memories?

"The first time I ever played in front of a crowd, which was at my senior high school pep rally. I was asked to perform at the gathering, and I decided to play John Mayer’s tune, ‘No Such Thing’.  I was SO nervous; It was just me and my guitar in front of that mic and is an unforgettable moment in time for me."

Were you influenced by old records & tapes?

"Absolutely. Mostly old tapes.  Either my brother or I broke my parents record player when we were toddlers, so it was always tape for us.  My brother and I played soccer, and on the way to games my dad would always pop in some Bad Company, Lynyrd Skynard, Cream. It was always classic rock and roll when I was with my Dad.  My mom got me started on country music. She’d listen to guys like George and Garth when I was around."

Who are your favorite musicians?

"Will Hoge.  He’s such an amazing writer and singer.  He sings with so much soul and heart.  I just saw a Ryan Adams concert and he is now one of my favorites.  I also like Rob Thomas a lot.  He’s also been one of my bigger influences over the years."

What is a typical week like for you?

"Monday thru Wednesday is usually used to catch up on things. E-mails, gym time, mountain biking, time with the lady.  Thursday thru Sunday we are usually out on the road playing shows."

What's your favorite thing about being on the road?

"Meeting new people/getting to show them who we(Cody Bryan Band) are, playing new stages, driving. I know it sounds weird but I enjoy driving….usually.  I hate driving in traffic.  Another one of my favorite things is the randomness.  You never know what’s gonna happen on the road."

What's the funniest thing that's happened on the road?

"So many funny things have happened, but there are a lot that I feel would be inappropriate to go into detail about here.  One of the funniest things just happened recently.  We were at a cheap motel somewhere in West Texas and I was on the phone outside.  All of a sudden our drummer, Casey ran out of the room with a distraught look on his face.  Come to find out he found something under the bed that he wasn’t expecting.  I’m not gonna say exactly what it was, but let’s just say it vibrates and is used as a pleasuring device.  The thing looked like it was from the 80’s."

Best place to eat while on the road?

"I’d have to say Rudy’s BBQ.  There are quite a few spread throughout Texas so we are actually able to stop here on a fairly regular basis."

What's the best town play in?

"Gruene has probably been my favorite so far, but that’s tough to say because there are so many good ones."

Since everyone was a startup once, can you give any smaller or local bands looking to get gigs and airplay some tips?

"Don’t be afraid to keep calling venues, even if you are not getting many phone calls back.  You have to stay persistent when trying to get gigs.  Eventually a good booking agent is key. As for airplay, try to get in with the DJ’s from the stations.  Always helps to have a connection with these folks! Also helps immensely to have a good radio promoter(cough cough: thank you Angela Lampton)"

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