Country stars Paul Brandt and Dean Brody both have a distinct twang in their voices; as we talk on the phone I keep clarifying who’s speaking.
“One of us needs to talk with an accent I think,” cracks Brody, breaking into an Austin Powers impression that elicits a belly laugh from Brandt.
During the discussion, Brody frequently demurs to the more experienced Brandt, and the two clearly have a connection that goes beyond country music. They’ll share their humour, history and a hootin’ and hollerin’ good time in Victoria on their Road Trip tour, Sept. 24.
“It’s the first time we’ve done a co-headlining tour, I’m pretty excited about it,” says Brandt. “We’ll be kicking it off in Victoria. The lead up has been fun – getting to know each other and starting to plan what we’re going to do on tour.”
Both singer/songwriters are nominated for the Fan’s Choice award at the Canadian Country Music Association Awards and Brody is nominated in six other categories as well, including Album of the Year for Gypsy Road and Male Artist of the Year.
Both say they’re fortunate to have loyal fans and people passionate about their music, and are pretty keen on each other as well.
“I’ve listened to Paul for years. He’s one of the big reasons I felt like I could take the risk and move to Nashville because somebody had taken that risk and leap of faith and left Canada and went to Nashville,” says Brody. “Paul’s’ been, long before I ever met him, has been an influence. I think all of us guys that are in country music now can attribute one of the reasons why we’re where we’re at is because of Paul. That sounds really heavy almost but …”
“It sounds pretty heavy to me too, man,” says Brandt, cutting in with a laugh.
In turn, Brandt says Brody’s music is inspiring. “I think he’s just an amazing artist.”
Their Road Trip will take them across the country in 30 days. “Victoria to Halifax, we’ll be doing 22 dates. It’s going to be a lot of fun,” says Brandt.
“It’s going to be a blast,” agrees Brody.