Since his dad began teaching him how to play guitar at age 6, all Brandon Bailey ever wanted to do was be a musician.
“I’ve played my whole life,” the singer said. “I’ve been pursuing it for about 15 years. I haven’t worked a normal job in like 7 years.”
Bailey and his band will take the stage at The Warehouse in downtown Conway on Saturday, April 22, at 8:30 p.m.
Bailey grew up in Greensboro, NC, and currently lives in Evergreen, NC, “so far in the woods [that] we just got internet,” he joked.
The singer’s home was flooded during Hurricane Matthew, so he had to take some time off from touring to remodel.
“That was a setback here recently,” he said.
After working three months to make repairs, Bailey was ready to get back on the stage.
“I play the whole east coast,” Bailey said. “I’m about to do some traveling out west and to Canada.”
Bailey released a single titled “Close” in February 2017 which has been well-received on FM country radio across the country. The song is currently in rotation in several states, including New Mexico, Iowa, Arizona, Alabama, Florida, Texas and Virginia, and has even received play in New Zealand, Germany and Italy.
“It just keeps going,” Bailey said.
Bailey has won Southern Rock Entertainer of the Year two years in a row at the Josie Music Awards and hopes to win again this year.
The artist won the 2015 Reverbnation Battle of the Bands, earning the opportunity to open for Eric Church at the Carolina Country Music Festival.
Prior to tapping into his country roots, Bailey performed in hard rock groups.
“I was in metal bands. I was still the frontman, but I was screaming,” he said.
After starting a family, Bailey shifted paths.
“I had a little boy and got married and I didn’t feel like doing that anymore,” he said.
The musician’s influences include Hank Williams, Lynyrd Skynard and The Allman Brothers Band.
He has played shows with Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow, Chris Stapleton, Grace Potter and more.
He has experience with smaller venues and audiences, too.
“If you can make 10 people listen to you, you can make 30,000 listen to you,” Bailey said.
The singer’s father-in-law owns a restaurant in Ocean Isle, NC, and often called Bailey in to perform for dinner crowds that were only two people.
“I can say my father-in-law did a lot for me. He gave me a push,” Bailey said.
Even with small crowds, Bailey engages with the audience.
“It’s supposed to be a show,” he said.
Bailey has played at various venues along the Grand Strand, including Boardwalk Billy’s in North Myrtle Beach, but this is his first show at The Warehouse. He describes his live show as “high-energy” and plays a mix of original songs and covers.
“I like playing a lot of different stuff,” Bailey said. “Even when we play covers, it sounds like me.”
The Warehouse is at 104 Laurel St. For more information on the venue, visit www.thewarehouseconway.com or call 843-248-3287.