'It took forever to get this album out, but now that it's out, it's been such a great feeling to have our fans sing the lyrics back to us,' Brett Gillan says.
With the release of their self-titled debut album this fall, there has been a lot of buzz around rising country band Brushville. The band's Brett Gillan is happy for all the attention, because they had to wait their turn for the spotlight.
"We kind of got put on hold. Kyle Lehning produced the album, and he's worked with a who's who of Nashville, like Randy Travis, Kenny Rogers and so many others, but the project kept getting pushed back for this reason or the other. Then, to top it all off, the week that Kyle was going to finish this record off, he got jury duty. There's been a lot of hard work and trips to Nashville," Gillan tells Billboard. "I live in Illinois, and it's about a seven-hour drive, so also a lot of miles as well."
The band has been overcome with emotion when watching the reception the album has received. "It took forever to get this album out, but now that it's out, it's been such a great feeling to have our fans sing the lyrics back to us, and seeing the album sales. As an unsigned band, our fans have been so supportive."
Gillan says that it's a humbling feeling to see many of the top writers in Nashville represented on the package. "It's a dream come true to get to cut songs from the Peach Pickers or Rivers Rutherford or David Lee Murphy. We got some amazing pitches. I wrote a couple of songs. It would have been great to write some more, but it's tough to compete against the best of the best, which is a good problem to have."
The band is prominently featured all over the album, and Gillan says that's exactly the way it was designed. "We played on the album. That was Kyle's vision, so we really just added steel, mandolin and keyboard, but other than that it's us. I think that's important because it transfers over to our live show very well."
One would think that with the album having finally been released, the waiting would be a little less for the band, but Gillan admits that's far from the truth. "The music business is a hurry up and wait animal. Even with a live show, you get there at 2 to load in, then you have to wait until the headliners get done with sound check. There's a lot of waiting, but I think at the end of the day, there's a lot of validation by having to work and wait on it."
The band is currently on the road and visiting radio to promote their current single, "Baby's Got Her Boots On," which was written by one of the format's fastest rising newcomers. "Tyler Farr wrote that with Houston Phillips and Colt Taylor," said Gillan. "We just felt it was the right song for us right now, and really fit in the direction of where country music is going. It's a song that all of us love, about the beauty of your girl everywhere and all the time -- not just when you're dressed up on Friday night and she's all dressed up. When you go out four-wheeling, and she's covered in mud and still looks amazing…that's what the song is all about."