The Beasley Brothers // Photo Credit: Sarah Grace Mitchell with Straight Street Studios; Photo Provided by The Beasley Brothers
Lawson and Jackson Beasley are brothers who hail from Alabama. They also comprise the duo, The Beasley Brothers and have been releasing country, rock, and soul-influenced music that showcases their awesome harmonies since 2013. We first spoke with them this past July, and recently caught up with them again to talk all things music, including their new single, their upcoming Christmas show, and more.
Here’s what they had to say:
It’s great to hear from you guys again! The last time we spoke was in July, how are you guys doing and what have you been up to?
The Beasley Brothers: We are doing great! The single we released in July actually landed on Spotify’s Fresh Finds Country playlist, and we have since been working on our follow-up single in addition to traveling and playing shows. Thanks for taking the time to talk with us again!
Of course! we’re always happy to chat with you. you just mentioned that your previous single, “Baby, Don’t Lie” landed on Spotify’s Fresh Finds Country playlist, which is very exciting! What was your reaction when you saw that?
The Beasley Brothers: It’s a mystifying phenomenon that all independent artists are trying to achieve. This was our first playlist placement, so it was obviously a huge surprise and feeling of accomplishment. We were standing in a guitar shop in St. Louis when we got the email about the placement, so we’re just glad we didn’t break anything.
You also released a new single, “Sunshine in the Rain” on November 11. Can you share a little bit about what inspired the song and what the writing/recording process was like?
The Beasley Brothers: This song is actually an older one for us. Lawson wrote this back in 2014 and it was included on our 2015 EP, Here We Go Again. That version is very stripped down (2 acoustic guitars, 2 voices, and a harmonica), but we always felt like we might give it another shot in the future with different production. We started performing it live with our full band and tried out new ideas throughout years of playing shows until we found something we liked. The inspiration for the song is wanting to be there for someone through the trials and storms of life because they were always there for you.
The last we spoke you mentioned the streaming era being a “singles game.” Is it safe to say fans can expect at least one more single from you before the end of the year?
The Beasley Brothers: Yes, this one will be followed up very soon with a new Christmas song. We released a Christmas EP in 2018 of all original Christmas music to complement our annual Christmas Show [at the Princess Theatre in our hometown of Decatur, Alabama], and this will be our first Christmas release since then. To put a framework on this next single, imagine a “Devil Went Down to Georgia” inspired Christmas song.
Speaking of your annual Christmas show, What things can you tease ahead of your performance? What are you most looking forward to?
The Beasley Brothers: It’s always our largest ticketed show of the year, and it feels like the anticipation grows every year for us and the fans. This year we are changing the show up some–trying new Christmas covers as well as two new original Christmas songs that will be coming out shortly before the show. I think we are most looking forward to putting on a show in an incredible venue for our fans just miles from where we grew up. It’s definitely an experience that hasn’t gotten old yet!
Since you’re playing a Christmas show, we have to ask, do you have a favorite Christmas song to perform and why? What Christmas song would you want to record a cover of?
The Beasley Brothers: If we had to pick just one, we’d have to go with “The Christmas Song.” Jackson loves the Nat King Cole version, but that’s one we feel like we’ve been able to pay homage to while still making it our own. We can see us recording a cover of either that one or Tom Petty’s “Christmas All Over Again.” The latter has definitely been covered less, so we’d be more likely to go that route.
In looking ahead to the holidays, 2023 is not too far away. What’s one thing you want to do music-wise in the new year? Any fun plans?
The Beasley Brothers: We are definitely upping our frequency of song releases. I think our goal is to release at least 4 singles next year. At some point in early 2023, we are planning to take a retreat somewhere off the grid to make plans for the year and begin to work out some of the songs. Whenever life is moving fast it’s always fun to do something like that to get your bearings without being stuck to a strict timeline.
That’s awesome! WE’re very excited to see where 2023 takes you. this time around, we’re going to switch things up and ALSO do a little rapid-fire round. to start off, what’s been your favorite song to release this year?
The Beasley Brothers: “Sunshine in the Rain”
Your favorite song another artist has released this year?
The Beasley Brothers: “Flower Shops” by Ernest and “Going, Going, Gone” by Luke Combs
Most surprising thing that’s happened career-wise this year?
The Beasley Brothers: [We] performed from California to Florida and landed a song on a Spotify editorial playlist.
Most exciting thing that’s happened career-wise this year?
The Beasley Brothers: Ooh, same answer as [the] last question. We guess the biggest things are both surprising and exciting.
FAVORITE SONG TO PERFORM LIVE?
The Beasley Brothers: “Beer Never Broke My Heart” by Luke Combs and “You Should Probably Leave” by Chris Stapleton
The CMAs JUST HAPPENED RECENTLY. ahead of the show, who were you hoping would win big?
The Beasley Brothers: We were really glad to see a lot of great artists win this year. They were all well deserved.
THAT WAS A GREAT RAPID-FIRE ROUND. We do have one more serious question for you, though: why should people listen to your music? give us your best elevator pitch.
The Beasley Brothers: If you’re looking for something different, but still strongly rooted in country music, you might enjoy checking us out. Every note and every word matters to us, and if we don’t think it’s good enough for us to be happy with, it doesn’t make it on the record. At the end of the day, it’s country music built on brotherly harmonies, and who can really hate that?