When Scott Brantley steps on stage to perform, his fans see the same person he speaks about in his song, Ain’t No Life I’d Rather Live than This Country Life I Live.
“Yep, I’m pure country,” he says. “It’s ingrained into my way of living.”
And so is his music.
Growing up in East Dublin, Ga., with a parents and 14 siblings who all sang and played in various capacities, Brantley learned to love music at an early age.
“At family reunions, we’d sit around and sing and play music,” he said.
Brantley and his band will perform at 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, at Wild Wing Cafe, 3035 Washington Road.
Brantley had a toy guitar at the age of 3 and was playing real drums when he was 4. As a teen, he sang in a gospel quartet. Having gone through various bands, he started Deepstep with his brother David in 2004.
Brantley has collaborated with Jimmy Yeary, Mike Dekle, Bennie Nelson and Wade Kirby and has shared the stage with Miranda Lambert, Jamey Johnson, Luke Bryan, Craig Morgan, Darryl Worley, Tracy Lawrence and others. His songs include, The Best That I Can Do, Her Taillights, She’s Why and Plainville.
When asked what brand of country he delivers, Brantley said simply, “Country-country.”
“There are all kinds of adjectives put in front of country music to describe it these days,” he said. “But I just like to refer to this sound as real down-home, honest music. We do everything from way back to what you hear on the radio today.”
He said he patterns his music after artists such as George Strait, Alan Jackson and Merle Haggard.
His new band, the Scott Brantley Band, took off in April. A high-energy band, it consists of Brantley, lead vocalist and guitar player; Jason Rushton, of Johnston, S.C., on bass guitar and steel guitar; Troy Holcomb, of Baldwin, Ga., on drums; and Chris Fleming, of Comer, Ga., on electric guitar and acoustics.
Having performed in Augusta at the Country Club, Coyotes and Wild Wing Cafe, they also played this year’s A Day in the Country festival and the Vidalia Onion Festival and have played such venues as Wild Bills in Duluth, Whiskey River in Macon and the Wild Horse Saloon in Nashville.
The band has recently recorded a CD at Sound Stage Studios in Nashville with producer Carson Chamberlain. The CD, Nobody Likes Sad Songs, is available at all their shows.
On Oct. 16, the band will perform with John Conlee at the Georgia Mountain Fair in Hiawassee.
Their goal is to get a song out on the radio and be popular in the country music business, Brantley said.
They hold such honors as Georgia Artist of the Year and Georgia Country Band of the Year.
Their manager, Brandon McEachern, said of the band: “Everybody on stage is a master of their craft. I believe success comes from preparation, talent, chemistry and hard work. This band has it all. They’ll go places.”
Brantley recently won the Georgia State Title at the Texaco Country Showdown (formerly the Jimmy Dean Showdown) and will compete in November at the Southeast Regional Competition in Shreveport, La.
“That’s a great honor,” McEachern said. “The list of past participants is impressive. Although there’s nothing wrong with what’s out there now, there’s a place for country back on the radio. When it makes its comeback, Scott will be one of the pioneers.”