"How have you changed as a bass player over the years?"
Brian: My bass playing just evolves over time. I have a different outlook than some people do. I'm not on the technical side of learning every possible scale. I'm more of a meat and potatoes kind of player. Keep it simple. And I'm also about performing. I think part of a good rock and roll show is going out there and owning it. Being happy and making the people happy.
I decided a long time ago that I wanted to be part of something that would uplift the human spirit as opposed to something that would break it down, no matter how seemingly insignificant my efforts might be. That was a personal decision I made for no one else but me. And it was also a specific, conscious decision I made in putting this band together all those years ago. - Fred
It’s always been about the feeling in the audience. It’s that simple. This band is a very real conduit for a vital sort of energy that exists in our shows – the sort of energy that people remember they have within when you ask them to give the very best of themselves in a completely secure and freeing situation. Using that as a foundation, there is no limit to where you can go. - Fred
I'm telling you, slamming the hell out of some drums and singing like crazy at the top of your lungs is one hell of a stress reliever! I recommend it highly. - Fred
Cowboy Mouth has never been about the people in the band as much as it has been about the energy in the audience. We’re a conduit for that energy and we turn it around and give it back to them. - Fred
Fear is a giant boulder that you roll in your own way. What's the old saying? "Courage isn't the absence of fear; courage is the ability to act in spite of fear."
These days, major media thrives on thrusting fear at everybody, from every single angle. It's not that you shouldn't be concerned about things, but you can't live with your soul tied in knots. You just can't.
As far as moving the boulder out of your way, just do the best you can, deal with the things you need to deal with and then move on. - Fred
I’m a very talented slob. Oscar the Grouch was a major influence. I wish I was kidding. - Fred
Check out this story KATC did about our own Brian Broussard and his other obsession: Brewing craft beers.