On Saturday, November 23rd, Tampa, Florida hosted the first Jim Beam Bourbon and Brew Festival. Tampa has a lot of concerts and festivals but this event was the first of it's kind. The festival attendees were able to sample 40 different brands including:
- Jim Beam
- Maker's Mark
- Knob Creek
- Basil Hayden
- Angel's Envy
- Wild Turkey
- George Dickel
- Southern Tier
- Widmer Brothers
There was entertainment that included a mechanical bull, cornhole and awesome music. Opening acts included: the Southern Train Band, The MOJO Gurus, and Grant. The headliners were Billboard Chart toppers, LoCash Cowboys. Before the event, I caught up with Chirs Lucas and Preston Brust of LoCash Cowboys to talk about football, songwriting, touring and their amazing, inspirational new single, "Best Seat in the House."
JZ: I have to say, I just saw your video for “Best Seat in the House” and that's a really good video.
Preston: Thank you. It's only been out for about twenty-four hours and we already have 10,000 views on it. So it's going pretty good.
JZ: That's awesome. I noticed something at the end of the video...Is that a special song for you guys?
Preston: Yeah. It's real special song, it's about Chris' dad so I'll let him tell you about it.
Chris: My dad passed away not too long ago and we got this idea for a song called “Best Seat in the House,” for any who has lost a loved one and we truly believe that they have the best seat in the house. And it turned out that way. At the end of the video, you see a picture of me and my dad. Our lives revolved around football, I played football for 14 years and my dad was with me, behind it all the way. And that's why when the director said he wanted to do a football thing with it, we were all for it and he did a good job.
JZ: While we're on the subject of football, who's your favorite team?
Chris: Ravens. Preston likes the Colts.
JZ: I haven't seen you guys live in a couple years but you guys probably have one of the best live shows I've ever seen. They're just really high energy and fun. What do you love most about performing live?
Preston: Just connecting with the people, you know. It doesn't matter where we are, whether it's indoors or outdoors, doesn't matter what state we are in. When people are out there and they want to have a good time and you can get them going, it's just like this really cool feeling. It's about being able to share the songs that you wrote, whether it be yesterday or a song you wrote five years ago. You know, once you get up there and you get their hands up and you really connect with them, or take for instance, 'Best Seat in the House,” when we do that song and you see tears coming down someone's face, you know you've connected in a different kind of way and that connection is what it's all about.
JZ: Exactly. And you guys really seem to be able to connect too. What's your favorite song to play live?
Chris: Wow. They're all like different kids but they're the same kid. Every one has their different personality and it really depends on what day. I really like a song called “Love Drunk” we wrote. It's just one of those fun songs about being in love and being drunk at the same time, where you think you're in love. You know, that kind of thing.
JZ: When you think you're love....Yeahhh, I've been there.
Chris: I think we all have.
JZ: I have to mention this real quick because my roommate is a photographer and she has this picture from the CMA Music Festival last year where you guys played riverfront and one of you climbed the stage...
Chris: That was Preston.
JZ: Yeah, I thought it might've been Preston because he seems like the crazy one. She said the next day you guys performed and there was this sign that said 'No climbing,' and you took the sign, climbed back up and hung it at the top.
Preston: (laughs) That usually happens. There could be a sign too now that says, 'No more LoCash Cowboys,' I don't know.
JZ: I just think that it's awesome that you did that to begin with because it's like 'ah, forget the rules, we don't need them.'
Preston: Pretty much if there's something that says not to do something, we're going to do it.
JZ: Hey, that's a great way to be. All adults are like that, I think. DO you guys have any Nashville shows coming up?
Preston: Nashville shows...Man, not that I know of. We're pretty heavily into the radio thing right now, promoting 'Best Seat in the House,' so we're all over the country doing radio shows as well as our tour. So we're kind of doubling up on dates right now and Nashville hasn't really fallen into that calendar yet. But there are three or four important stations in Nashville that we'll probably end up doing some radio stuff for in the next two-ish months. So look for a date soon.
JZ: Oh I definitely will and I'll definitely be requesting and spreading the word about 'Best Seat in the House.” I personally, think you guys are the best duo out there right now.
Preston: Thank you.
JZ: Would you guys have any advice for anyone maybe trying to become a songwriter or trying to get a song on the radio?
Chris: Yeah, I mean there's all kinds of advice. One would be to think about nit really hard(laughs) before you make the move because it's not easy. You got to be ready to be slapped, kicked, even when you're down and you can't move, you have to be able to take a lot of stuff. Some people do get the overnight success but the majority, the 95%, that don't, they do get beat up and knocked down. As long as you keep getting back up, you're okay. But, if you can take it and handle it and understand the rules in this business I guess, then I think you'll be okay.
JZ: That sounds like awesome advice. One more, other than your own song, what is your favorite country song on the radio right now?
Chris: The new Eli Young Band....It's actually one right now. Yeah, the new Eli Young Band one and definitely Lee Brice's “Hard to Love.”
JZ: Yes, definitely good ones. Well thank you guys for talking to me.
Preston and Chris: Thank you so much!
Don't forget to check out the video for "Best Seat in the House" and to download it on Itunes. Be sure to call your local radio stations and request it as well.
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