Thirsty Thursday Featuring Brandon Bing
For newer fans, how did your passion for music and career come about? My dad, use to play all types of records growing up and I was exposed to all genres of music from Motown to classic rock. I grew up on 90’s rock, country, and hip hop. I always appreciated the element of real instruments and lyrical content. Reading through a vinyl or CD jacket helped me understand the stories of the songs and appreciate the full body of art from the artist. It inspired me on so many levels and that’s why I like writing so much. I knew I had something to say and wanted to make a career out of telling my life story to impact those that listen.
What song that you have recorded means the most to you and why? The song that means the most to me is called “Burnt out at Both Ends”. It’s not out yet, but will be soon enough. This song truly exposed my strengths, weaknesses, success, failures, addictions, and everything that makes me human. I work my ass of every day to the bone never looking for anything in return except the opportunity to wake up the next day and do it all over again. I know this record will relate to so many people and help so many people see anything is possible. If you want your life mean something, then just live it damn it, and don’t have any regrets!
Looking back, what was the first album or “Vinyl” you bought? First album I ever bought was when I was 4 or 5 years old. It was Kris Kross- Totally Krossed Out.
Where did you grow up and how has that influenced your style of music? I grew up in Longwood, FL. Surrounded by the Wekiva Springs/ Rock Springs and the Wekiva Preserve we lived in a small historic town and had a balance of a small family suburb surrounded by farming communities. I’d fish with my buddies in the canals behind my house and ride bikes on the trails. We’d play tackle football in the street and and just be reckless kids. It was fun because we just never gave a shit. From scrapping with each other to broken teeth to playing ball on the courts or hanging out in the woods. Us kids made our own rules, had our own system, and I really felt that between each other, my friends were my family. There parents were my parents. My parents would kick their ass just like theirs would kick mine. It made us appreciate where we came from, respect our elders, think on our own, always be on an adventure, and explore the unknown. We were built to be men not boys and it influenced me tremendously in my style of music. I tell people all the time that ask, “How do you describe your music”? My music is like Florida and Texas had a baby. It’s Texas Red Dirt outlaw country with some honky tonk and mixed together with a southern rock/ hard rock edge. I’m unfiltered through my lyrics and on stage. You may not always like what I say, but I’ll always be authentic. Whether you love me or hate me, you’ll always respect me.
What’s the story behind your album’s title? The album “Huckleberry” got its name from me just being me. Like Doc Holliday said in the movie “Tombstone” “I’m your Huckleberry”. I’ve always been the one that no matter what the situation is down for the cause whether it be a life or death situation. I stand up for those that can’t, fight for those I love, and sacrifice at all costs to take care of my community and those around me. Whether it be listening, meeting someone new, building and running businesses, giving advice, or just being there for someone so they know that their’s at least one person willing to listen for them to feel understood. I’m willing to go above and beyond the call of duty and push the envelope to show people I won’t go down without a fight. I’ve had a lot of crazy situations that I’ve experienced that most wouldn’t want to go through, but they have all shaped me to be who I am today. The best thing is it gives me many stories to tell so I reckon I’ll be writing music for many years to come. “I’m your Huckleberry."
How do you drink your coffee? Black
Home cooking or going out for dinner? Home cooking
If I was a bartender, what would you order? My whiskey Bangtail on the rocks or Wild Turkey 101 on the rocks
What’s your favorite cooking show? The essence of Emeril. Can’t watch a cookin show without him saying his famous “Bam!” and “Kick it up a Notch”
Finally, if you could be sponsored by one food/drink brand who would it be and why?
Coca-Cola. They have a strong affiliation with music. It would be great to partner and build a program with them as a country artist/ entrepreneur supporting live music and also the farming/ ranching/ agricultural community since I have a vested interest in supporting that demographic. That community surrounds a lot of our blue-collar and military, which are a major listenership in the country music community as well.