I had heard a couple singles from Doug Briney that I really enjoyed so I was really looking forward to meeting him. He was super busy so we had to meet at a venue and do an interview before he took the stage in Nashville, TN.
I wanted to know more about his upcoming CMA Showcase and the release of his song supporting the military, “Unknown Soldier,” and those were the reasons we were meeting. Doug is a really interesting guy. He had a ministry and lived in Alaska as a Pastor for several years. He is now in Nashville following his dream of making it as a country music artist.
Between sound check and stage time we had a few minutes to speak. My first question to Doug was: So tell me a little bit about you, where you came from and where you want to go?
A Well I grew up in southern California. I got married and moved to town called Bath, Michigan. We lived there for four years and then we moved up to Alaska. That is where I spent the last twenty-one years, in Alaska.
A You have a puzzled look on your face?
Q No, no. Michael told me about Alaska but I didn’t think you were there that long.
A Yeah, we were there 21 years. I worked at churches there for many years. I started a church called the Cowboy Church of Anchorage and we were there for the last five years and then we made our move down here. We moved to Nashville last summer. Where would I like to go with this? I would like to make a career out of music. That is why we moved here so I would be able to do this. One of my short time goals is to play at the Ryman Auditorium and my long term goal is to play the Grand Ole Opry. I don’t have necessarily the aspirations to be a number one country mega star but I do have the aspirations to be able to make enough to provide a nice living for my family. We are pretty simple in our needs and it would be nice for me to be able to give my wife the option that if she didn’t want to work, she didn’t have to. That is my measure of success. To be able to give my wife that option to say you don’t have work if you don’t want to work.
Q Do you have children?
A We have four children.
A Yeah, we have one that serves in the United States Air Force, he is twenty-three. We have a daughter who is twenty years old and is out in California working on an acting career out there. We have fifteen year old twin boys and they are wrestlers.
Q You are busy.
A We stay busy, yeah. I am up every morning by 4:00 a.m. and I go until I pass out every night.
Q So tell me about your album and your label?
A Super Country Cowboy is the name of the album. It is my sophomore album and I am signed with Tate Music Group out of Mustang, Oklahoma. I signed with them in February 2013 and we had ten songs originally scheduled to put on there, recorded all ten songs and when we got it back, the tenth songs just did not. So we pulled that one and have nine really solid songs. The songs are:
- Track – Super Country Cowboy.
- I Get To.
- Pretty Big Deal.
- The Money The Gun and the Bible.
- The Choices You Make.
- Eugene Fuguay.
- I’m Up.
- Unknown Soldier.
A We feel these are 9 really solid songs.
Q What do you have going on for the troops?
A “Unknown Soldier,” is coming out May 26th and all of the proceeds from May 26th all the way through Labor Day Weekend, 100% of all profits are going to our Veterans. I am really excited about that. We just finished up the music video for that and it is going to be released the same time.
Q Doug, I want to tell you that is wonderful. I have heard the song and it is a heart-felt touching song.
Doug was motioned that they needed him on stage so we said our goodbyes. Be listening for, “Unknown Soldier,” and watch Doug’s website for more information on the music video and how to buy the album at: www.DougBriney.com
I am looking forward to meeting him at the 2014 CMA Festival in Nashville, Tennessee kicking off June 5th with his showcase at the Millennium Maxwell House. You can find out where he is scheduled to appear during the rest of the CMA Festival also at his website.
Watch the Music Video at YouTube for, “Unknown Soldier”