Grab the tissues. Today’s first song from Country Singer-Songwriter Tay Bronson? A tearjerker! Here he is, alongside Tim Wright, as he shares more about his debut solo album and upcoming performances. Enjoy!
Since 1991, Bronson has been active in perusing his musical aspirations. With Push Down & Turn—the alternative rock group that achieved national and international acclaim with Bronson as bassist and primary songwriter—Bronson got to live his dreams until the band decided to take their hiatus in 2003. At that time, the lifelong Indiana-based musician turned his time and focus to raising his daughter and continuing to build upon his life experiences which all started to pour out into the 12-song Drinks & Memories, out everywhere August 21.
“I was always a big fan of the ‘90s alternative rock scene but a few years ago I began really digging back into some of my early influences like Waylon Jennings, John Prine and Hank Williams Jr.,” notes Bronson. The authenticity of what those artists sang about can be found throughout the grooves of Drinks & Memories.
“Willard’s Song,” a tune Bronson penned just following the passing of his father, is an endearing sentiment about the desire for quality time between a father and son. It’s anchored to the simple theme of spending time on the lake fishing, something that is ever-present in Bronson’s life. “If I’m not singin’ rhymes, I’m castin’ lines,” he declares with a smile and chuckle.
During Bronson’s tenure with Push Down & Turn, his songs appeared on all four of the band’s albums and Demo EP in addition to compilation albums the band was featured on including major brands like Abercrombie and Fitch, Lidz and Cool Cigarettes. Their music was als featured on every major daytime soap opera, sans General Hospital, in the U.S. and abroad. Additional band highlights include a five-show stint on 1997’s HORDE tour and opening for the Counting Crows, extended tour dates with the BoDeans, Freddy Jones Band and many others. They also shared the stage the following year with Oleander, Everclear and Kid Rock at X-fest 1999.
“With this album, I’m just excited to get it out there,” says Bronson. “It was a long road traveled to arrive at Drinks & Memories and I know it all comes down to the songs so I hope some folks relate to them.”
The new album—produced by Eric Johnson at The Pop Machine Studios in Indianapolis, IN— arrives digitally and on CD everywhere August 21.