The Brooks Young Band has been exciting audiences throughout the northeast with powerful live performances that keep audiences screaming for more. A perfect combination of rock, pop and blues the Brooks Young Band has forged original songs that are as powerful as they are memorable.
The band is led by Fender endorsed lead guitarist and vocalist Brooks Young and includes Andy Devine, Jeff Leroy, Dave Lombard and Matt McDermott.
Their first studio album, 'Back on the Ground' was released in 2009 with a second album 'Counting Down,' released in 2010 which featured Gibson signature artist Johnny A on the title track. Their latest album is entitled, 'Time to Fly.'
For a young band they have played and opened for some big names in the music business. Examiner sat down with Young so he could tell his story.
Examiner: When and why did you start playing guitar?
Young: "I started playing guitar because my grandfather played. I had an interest starting at about 10 or 11 years old. My grandfather bought me an acoustic guitar. He had a country band, and I took a liking to him playing guitar which started it all."
Examiner: What made you want to go into the music business professionally?
Young: "Well I never really wanted to, I honestly kind of fell into it. I started a band and we had some success playing with bigger names. Then all of a sudden we were in the music business. Once we started getting more radio play and shows, we just landed into the business and here we are."
Examiner: Do you do you own material and/or covers?
Young: We do a variety of both. We mainly perform original songs off of our past album “Counting Down” and our new album “Time to Fly.”
Examiner: Who are some of the people with whom you have played?
Young: "Boyd Tinsley, violinist of Dave Matthews Band, Grammy award winning King of the blues Mr. BB King, J. Geils of the J. Geils Band, blues legend James Cotton, Huey Lewis and the News, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, Brad Whitford of Aerosmith, Doug Bell of Bellevue Cadillac, blues harmonica player James Montgomery, and the funk and soul band Robert Randolph and the Family Band."
Examiner: Who has been an inspiration to you?
Young:" My grandfather who taught me guitar, Eric Clapton and I'm a huge fan of the Dave Matthews Band."
Examiner: What is the best part and what's the hardest part about being a musician?
Young: "Doing what I love, which is playing music and also playing an instrument which I’ve worked so hard to learn. The hardest part is finding the right places to perform, establish relationships with the people who book the venues, working with promoters and getting our music on the radio (compete with the bubble gum pop shit) and just trying to make it to the next step in the music business."
Examiner: What’s your approach to song writing?
Young: "My approach to song writing depends – if I’m under the gun to write songs, I can write a whole album in a few weeks. Other than that, sometimes the guitar pattern comes first, other times it’s the lyrical melody. I have no one way that I do it – it’s whatever comes to mind in the moment. It’s an in the moment kind of thing."
Examiner: Where do you see the future of your music career?
Young: "On an island with a cold drink in my hand and a nice tan after earning lots of money from shows and royalties. But seriously, I would love to support a larger band on tour and put out an album that makes it onto the billboard charts."
Examiner: What upcoming shows do you have?
November 9 - The Shaskeen in Manchester, New Hampshire
December 28 - Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel, Boston, Massachusetts
You can find out more by visiting the band website: www.brooksyoungband.com