"Everybody jump, scream, and go crazy RIGHT NOW!"
"What kind of bass do you play?"
Brian: A Fender Jazz Bass. Bought it about 12 years ago and it is pretty much the only bass I play. I like it because the neck is skinny and it just feels right. I've tried a lot of other basses and… that's the one. It just works for me.
It's been thrown into a ceiling fan. It's been thrown off the stage. Back in my Dash Rip Rock days, me and Bill used to do some really stupid stuff that was just wrong to do to instruments, but… I've done that a lot with my guitar. It's been brutally beaten and it hasn't let me down yet. I love it. If you look closely, you can see the scars.
It's had quite a few beers spilled into it. It did break on me once when this girl shook up a beer and sprayed it right into the bass. But then when it dried it started working again.
This is all I ever wanted to do in life from the time I was 5 years old. I like to think that I've grown a little bit as a person, but at the same time the 5-year-old in me still feels that love and excitement. I still play with that excitement. - Fred
(photo: Alicia Reed)
Here's a live version of the Springsteen classic by us back when Vance DeGeneres and Regina were in the band. We did this as an encore on the show we recorded for a DVD back in '07, I think. We left the song off the DVD, but listening to this always reminds me of playing the Roxy on Sunset Blvd in Hollywood and the bartenders giving me drinks after the shows there. Fun version of the song. As usual, we left it ALL on the stage. - Fred
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I talk about faith and I talk about finding the faith during the shows. And I don’t want people to think that’s an easy process, that it’s like “Oh. Find the faith. Everybody’s happy.” It’s tough. It’s tough to have faith. This world is not designed for people to believe. This world is not designed for people to believe in themselves, to have faith in your friends and your family and the things that matter to you. In pop culture, even in daily living, it’s very hard to maintain a life of any value or commitment. Because nowadays there’s so much that says, “Why do that? It’s easier this way.” It’s very hard to live a life of value and commitment to anything.
Even with a band like Cowboy Mouth. It would have been very easy for me many times to take the many various gigs I was offered to just sit in the back and play behind the handsome pretty boy and make money and take that ride. And there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s just not what I wanted to do. I wanted to do my own thing, my own way and I wanted to have it mean something to me. And that’s what I look for in other musicians. That’s what I look for in other players. That’s what I look for in other bands. And I’ve been really fortunate to meet so many great musicians and so many great players. - Fred
We are playing TWO nights at the The Funky Biscuit in Boca Raton, Florida on July 27 & 28!
Get your tickets at:
Two Day General Admission Ticket: https://ticketf.ly/2kz2yWu
Thank you to Trombone Shorty and Sammy Hagar for mentioning us during their conversation...