Alaska -- New
country music artist Doug Briney began singing at the young age
of two! Then, he kept entertaining audiences throughout high school
and graduated from Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College as a vocal
music major in 1988. His musical influences include Kenny Rogers,
Alabama, Chris Young, Toby Keith and Ronnie Dunn. Briney recently
completed a motorcycle tour from his hometown of Anchorage, Alaska
to southern California. During the trip, he stopped to perform
at various venues and introduce fans to his music. Look for his
new album, It's All Country, on Amazon.com, CD Baby and
you get the nickname "The Alaskan Cowboy"?
cowboy part is just part of who I am," Briney said in an
exclusive interview. "I pastor at the Cowboy Church of Anchorage.
I have owned the Cowboy Coffee Shop up here. My uncle just calls
me cowboy. He doesn't even call me by my name. I guess they got
the name Alaskan Cowboy simply because that's where I live. We've
lived up here in Alaska for the past almost 21 years."
the story behind your new single, "It's All Country"?
a song that was written by Pat Kelley, who I met at the Independent
Country Musicians Network," he explained. "It's a song
that talks about the changes in the music industry. You know,
the different sounds that are out there, more modern sounds. There's
a lot of people that don't consider today's music country music
and there's a lot of people that listen to today's country music
and really enjoy it and don't like the older, traditional style
of country music. The truth of the matter is that it is
all country. Elvis has a fantastic country recording and was very
well known. I'm just trying to get people to appreciate country
music for what it is."
some highlights of your new album by the same name?
song we pre-released was a song called, 'More Than Just A Farm
To Me.' That one did very well and it's still doing very well
for me. It's a song about life and learning some of life's lessons--hard
work and how that pays off set against the backdrop of a farm.
It's a lot of fun. Another song that I really enjoy is called,
'Deja Vu All Over Again.' It's a song about life. I know several
families in Anchorage that this really applies to. You raise your
children and they kind of move out on their own. We're doing to
enjoy some time together and go on a cruise, maybe. About that
time, one of the children calls and says, 'Hey, I need some help.
It would really help if we could move in for a little while.'
So they take the daughter or son back into the house and it's
kind of a Deja Vu all over again. There's families all over the
United States that are moving back in right now just to help.
By then, it's time for the parents to move back in."
understand that you are nominated for the 2013 Southern
Star Country Artist of the Year Award.
very humbling and I'm honored," Briney said. "It's
something that I don't take lightly. It's quite an honor
to be nominated for it. I just hope that people get out
an vote. You hear people all of the time on the big shows
saying, 'It's an honor just to be nominated.' It is truly
an honor to be nominated and to be thought of that highly
by peers, by industry professionals. Hopefully, the fans
will get behind that and vote. I consider it a high honor."
embarked on a motorcycle tour from Alaska to California earlier
left Anchorage on the morning of July 23 and rode all the way
down to Orange County, Calif.," the new country artist added.
"I did a couple of radio interviews along the way. It was
a little over 3,500 miles from my dad's front door. I got to visit
for five days and do concerts down there in Orange County. Then,
I rode back into Anchorage and arrived at my front door on Aug.
10 at about 5:30 in the evening. The total mileage I did 7,622
miles round trip. I did that in basically within 12 days of riding.
Not a lot of time to smell the coffee. But it was a great trip.
I really enjoyed it. It was kind of fast and furious."
concert venues did you play at in southern California?
of the venues was Ruby's in Orange there," Briney said. "I
did a friends and family concert there. I have a lot of family
that is down in Orange County. I went to Troy High School and
graduated way back in 1983. I had a lot of friends from high school
that came out to let friends and family know what I'm doing now."
the motorcycle tour has wrapped up, what are some of your upcoming
going to be playing at the Anchorage Markets on Sunday,"
he explained. "Then, on Thursday, I'm going to be playing
at the Alaska State Fair. I'm pretty excited about that, getting
out there. I have a couple of other things scheduled in September.
I'd have to look at my calendar to get those dates. I'm hoping
to get down to the lower 48 in November-December and do some concerts
down there. We're trying to iron some of that out right now."
sing mostly original material or cover songs at your shows?
do a blend of both," he answered. "I do a lot of cover
tunes, I have about six original songs that I do. I'm working
on some more. One of the stops that I made was in Carmichael,
Calif. I met a cousin that I had never met before. I met him at
a recovery house for folks that are struggling with addictions.
It's a large recovery home there. He's a writer and I was able
to pick up a couple of songs from him. I am working on getting
those things developed and start doing those as well. Most of
what I do now is cover songs, but I do put some originals in there