In the 1960s and 1970s, it wasn't uncommon for a musician to take a job in Nashville to write songs for other people while they honed their performing skills. A few people you may have heard of, Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson, started their careers this way. As the industry evolved, the pendulum swung and artists perfected their songs, which were played in front of a live audience. Brian Callihan is a throwback to the days when you made a living just writing country songs.
He's had a publishing contract for almost 10 years, but he's just releasing his first album. It's a self-titled project that he started on the first of the year. One of my favorite songs on the record is Proud. Callihan wrote it about his own grandfather who embodied family pride, a value we don't celebrate much these days. We are also proud to premiere this song. This is Brian Callihan and Proud.
About the author: I actually drove from Tehatchapee to Tonopah. And I saw Dallas from a DC-9 at night.