After six years and three albums as part of Brasher/Bogue, Andy Brasher is going solo again with his first outing in 14 years, Myna Bird -- from which opening track "21" is premiering on Billboard today (Jan. 15).
"It was terrifying at first, actually, because it was a big change, and our band was doing really well," Brasher, who released his previous solo set in 2006, tells Billboard, referencing the duo's history opening for the likes of Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw and others. "But I just had the pull to get out of the duo thing and start focusing on my own vision and what I wanted to write again. Even though it was scary, it felt like the right thing to do."
Brasher adds that he and Dustin Bogue remain on very good terms and the band is "something we could go back to at some point." Myna Bird also features some songs Brasher wrote during Brasher/Bogue's tenure but weren't good fits for the group. "They were just a little too much me," he explains. "I had a catalog of that stuff that I wanted to do something with, eventually. When the opportunity presented itself I knew I would use those songs."