Kingsport, Tn native, Brinley Addinton found his passion for country music long before he can even remember. At the age of three, Addington found himself on his parent’s coffee table pretending he was performing at the Grand Ole Opry and had his first experience in front of a crowd at his fourth grade talent show. Addington has continued to make his name as both a performer and as a songwriter. Signed with Horipro Entertainment, he penned Tyler Farr’s latest single, “I Should Go To Church Sometime.” Influenced by Sunday morning hymns and classic country voices like Alan Jackson, Randy Travis and George Strait, Addington has built his sound to reflect tradition while embracing the best attributes of modern country music.
To celebrate his new single, “Come Back”, we challenged Addington to a little Rapid Fire Round!
If you were a musical instrument, which one would you be?
Probably a banjo. It’s hard to not smile or tap your toes when a banjo is playing.
What is your post-show drink of choice?
If the show was good: Miller Lite. If it didn’t go so well: Jack and Coke.
What is your favorite television show/movie?
My favorite movie is Shawshank Redemption. I watch it 2-3 times a year and any time I randomly come across it on TV. Can’t beat it.
What is the best advice you’ve ever been given about working in the music industry?
“Keep praying, keep showing up, and don’t do anything that makes your stomach feel funny.”
What’s your most or least favorite thing about being on the road?
My favorite thing about the road is the stories and inside jokes you end up building with your band guys after years of working together. That stuff is priceless. My least favorite thing is when you’re in a cool city or town and there’s not enough time to really soak in the people, places, and things that make it cool.
What is your favorite thing to do on a day off?
Either golf or just ride around. I used to go on long drives to explore and listen to music but kinda fell out of it. Trying to get back into that but lately I’ve been enjoying golf.
If you had to choose between a private plane or your own yacht, which would you choose?
Hands down a plane. I love to travel and there’s pretty much nowhere you can’t go in a plane.
If you had to choose a different stage name, what would it be?
I’ve gone by the name “Lester Longwood” in certain circles. Probably would stick with that. Ha!
Where do you turn for inspiration or comfort when life in the industry gets overwhelming?
When I’m burnt out or frustrated, I try and get out of town and go somewhere I’ve never been before. Just get completely away from everything I’m used to. It’s a good reset for me.
If you weren’t a musician, what would you be?
Lost! Ha. I don’t know where I’d be if not for music. I think about that from time to time but I always end up thinking how I’d be doing another job wishing I was doing music.