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Come On In and Meet the Nashville Nobodies
Are you a fan of country music? If so, then I highly suggest you visit Nashville. Once you experience the ambiance along Broadway, you will thank me. You might never want to leave. Heck, you might even consider moving there.
Nashville is becoming quite a metropolis. Music City is where the singers and songwriters go to follow their dreams. It's also where fans go to follow their love of country music.
While I was in Nashville I was pleasantly surprised to hear many unique varieties of music, not just country. One group, in particular, caught my attention. The patrons seemed to agree as they were hooting and hollering with excitement. Why the heck would they not?
The Nashville Nobodies are one kick ass country duo!
Y'all are about to meet Wesley Cash Coffey and Travis Bishop (the dude with the cowboy hat).
Can we get a yeehaw?
The first time I met the Nashville Nobodies was at Tequila Cowboys. I couldn't help but wonder why they would select a band name like Nashville Nobodies — then Wesley and Travis spoke. Their wit and charm went perfectly with their band's name. Not many musicians have the brawn to refer to themselves as nobodies, well, not many musicians are like these dudes! Wesley asked my daughter and I where we were from. We told them we were from Orlando and that we were in town to celebrate my birthday. I requested a Tim McGraw song and I got what I asked for. Well played, Nashville Nobodies. I bet y'all will be somebody one day soon.
The next time we saw Wesley was the following day at the Inn at Opryland while eating dinner. This guy walked out of the kitchen area and wished me a Happy Birthday. Whoa, cowboy, who are you? I didn't recognize him at first without his hat on. Seconds later, my daughter said Nashville Nobodies! Way to go, Michelle! I apologize, Wesley — I was pretty beat up by my last night in Nashville.
Needless to say, this duo is one heck of a compliment to the lineup of musicians on Broadway. If y'all don't search them out and allow them to entertain you while you are in Nashville, it will be your loss.
If you can't make it to Nashville, then kick back right here and get to know the Nashville Nobodies. You will be getting two for one with this interview. That is one heck of a deal!
What's Your Favorite Food?
- Wesley: Anything my mom cooks.
- Travis: Pizza or anything from the Olive Garden.
- Wesley: Makers Mark (I had to ask Google. Kentucky Straight Homemade Bourbon Whisky. I need a drink.)
- Travis: Dr. Pepper. Though he can't drink them anymore. So Travis is hitting the good stuff, La Croix Sparkling Water. (Feel better, Travis)
Tell Us About a Musician That Inspired You?
- Wesley: Dave Matthews. Also my brother who taught me everything that I know. I like any music that is meaningful and thoughtful. The list is endless of all the musicians that influenced me.
- Travis: Garth Brooks, especially from an early age. Also Bleu Edmondson, a Texas singer/songwriter, for his command of all things lyrical. His lyrics are some of my favorite of all time.
Who Inspired Your Love of Country Music?
- Wesley: My family are all country music fans. I love all music and wouldn't consider myself a country music artist, but I love all music that is heartfelt.
- Travis: Listening to "The Dance" by Garth Brooks for the first time and realizing that you can write a song not only to entertain, but to also make a connection.
Have You Been Signed to a Label?
- Wesley: We have not been signed to a label, but we are open to all opportunities as long as we can hold on to what makes us unique. We have no desire to fit into an industry mold. There are too many puppets out there as it is.
- Travis: I would be open to a label that was interesting in allowing us to explore our own sound, and not meddling with our stuff and telling us what to play.
Do You Play Any Other Instruments?
- Wesley: I play saxophone and the harmonica. My first instrument was the violin, but unfortunately, I no longer consider myself a fiddle player — wasn't cool enough back in the day.
- Travis: I dabble in Cajon. Drum lessons start this fall.
Do You Write Your Own Songs?
- Wesley: I have been writing songs since I was 15. That's originally why I taught myself how to play the guitar. It's kinda hard to write songs on a saxophone or violin.
- Travis: I try to write as often as I can. 3 out of the 5 songs on our EP I penned or co-wrote.
Do You Write Songs for Other Musicians?
- Wesley: I do not have any cuts but my catalog is available for other artists.
- Travis: I have a cut on our good friend Jerry Don's current album and about 2-3 more co-writes and going to go on his next one. Our friend (singer/songwriter) Erica Rebinski is recording a song that she and I wrote as well.
Any Famous Musicians That You Met?
- Wesley: I met Steven Tyler and Dr. Dre when I lived in California. Super nice guys and down to earth.
- Travis: Too many to remember them all! Jason Aldean, Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, John Michael Montgomery, Keith Anderson, Bleu Edmondson, Trent Willmon, Chely Wright, Josh Gracin, Jerrod Niemann, and Trailer Choir just to name a few. (Wow!)
Where Do You See Yourselves in 5 Years?
- Wesley: 5 years is so far away! Somewhere that makes me happy. I'm over working for money. I now work for happiness and peace of mind. I quit a $50 an hour job to play music for a living. If I stop being happy in Nashville I will move on to the next adventure.
- Travis: I definitely see myself touring the country playing music for anyone who will listen.
Wesley's Favorite Quote
How do you get to Carnegie hall? Practice!!!
Nashville Nobodies - Tim McGraw cover
What Are Your Words of Wisdom for New Artists?
- Wesley: Practice — not only your craft, but also your networking skills. Friends help friends. As good as you may be you cannot succeed in this business by yourself.
- Travis: Don't worry about writing for the industry (writing lyrics relevant to what's currently on the radio). Music is constantly evolving. Popular music today isn't what it was 30 years ago, or even 10 years ago. If you write what you know, the thoughts and feelings that are inside of you, then no matter what level of success you may reach, you'll always know that your lyrics were uncompromisingly real, and not written by someone else. The goal is to write something that makes a connection with another person. No one will be singing any of this bumper sticker country in 30 years, but they'll always be singing, "He Stopped Loving Her Today."
Who Is Your Favorite Musician/ Entertainer?
- Wesley: Dave Matthews. His songwriting speaks to me in a way none other have has. I've seen him live several times and it's always amazing.
- Travis: Steve Martin. The guy is unstoppable. Actor, magician, comedian, author, songwriter, playwright, singer, screenwriter and one heck of a banjo player! He never stopped creating. I love his spirit.
Which Artist Would You Like to Collaborate With?
- Wesley: Bruno Mars. Bring back the old school!
- Travis: Garth Brooks. I'd give anything to share the stage with him for one show.
What Are Your Favorite Bars in Nashville to Perform?
- Wesley: Tequila Cowboy, The Stage, The Wildhorse Saloon and The Tin Roof.
- Travis: Tequila Cowboy, The Stage, The Wildhorse Saloon and Crazy Town.
Travis's Favorite Quote
Talking about music is like dancing about architecture.
- Steve Martin
Thoughts on How Country Music has Evolved?
- Wesley: I don't believe country music has evolved. It has gone underground — to Texas and Oklahoma. What's on country radio right now isn't country music. It's pop with a banjo thrown in. If that is what the fans are into, that's cool, but you can't call it country.
- Travis: The great thing about music is that it's subjective. Everyone is going to like what they like and some of it is going to be hated by others and that's okay. Feel free to like whatever music and artists you like and don't worry about what I think because I'm just some schmuck who's also trying to sell records. That being said, the current incarnation of popular Country Music is a FAR cry from where it came from. I don't think there's much life breathed into any of these newer songs coming out today. No poetry. It's mostly three and a half minute beer and blue jean commercials. That's fine for making a profit as a label, but you're running a serious risk of pushing away the hardcore fans that have been there for years and that, frankly, is the reason Country Music is the most popular genre in the US. As a lifelong fan of all things Country Music, I've stopped listening to the radio. Good or bad, I don't even feel like listening to a new artist, or even buying the newer albums of artists that I've listened to for a long time because they're chasing the dollar now, too. Anything to stay relevant has been the name of the game for the last decade if not longer, and great artists and vocalists are now recording sub-par, 'hey girl' songs just to sell some downloads to teenagers and 21-year-olds who couldn't pick Hank Williams out of a lineup. "Country Music" hasn't evolved; it's mutated into something ugly and money-hungry. I just wonder where we're all going to be when the teenagers start listening to something else and we have no real artists left for fans of real Country Music?
How Did Nashville Nobodies Form?
- Wesley: We met through an ex-girlfriend of mine. Travis was hosting a music night in Louisville and he asked me to perform.
- Travis: Afterward, we kept tabs on each on Facebook. When I was looking to move to Nashville and Wesley was looking for a roommate — the rest is history.
On the Flip-side: Share One Thing About Each Other
- Wesley: Travis is good with networking and making friends. I'm the back office guy. Financial manager. This works well for us. We have both performed solo and continue to do so. This helps the act from getting stale.
- Travis: Between Wesley's rock and blues background and my country background we cover a lot of ground when we are on stage. You never know what we are going to play. While we have performed solo, it's always fun to share the stage.
Now that y'all have been introduced to the Nashville Nobodies, I suggest you head on over to lower Broadway to watch them perform live! Y'all will thank me.
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© 2016 Linda Bilyeu
Jo Miller from Tennessee on August 18, 2018:
Good morning, Linda. I live in Tennessee, not far from Nashville where I once lived. I have known and know a few aspiring singers/songwriters, my son-in-law being one of them. Nashville is full of them, many of them very talented.
Hope you get to visit Nashville again soon. It's still one of my favorite places.
Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on October 01, 2016:
Hey Y'all...Thanks for checking out Wesley and Travis!
Mike; I've been infused for the past 53 years. :)
mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on September 09, 2016:
Hello Linda - Sorry I am late. You were infused with the music since your trip to Nashville (maybe before.) It is nice to see you 'charged' with the experience. Seems you found a culture in Nashville that fills your spirit.
teaches12345 on September 09, 2016:
I hope people in Nashville are taking note of your interesting reviews. You have the most fascinating stories on these artists.
Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on September 09, 2016:
Excellent interview, Linda. You certainly know how to celebrate your birthday! I like Nashville Nobodies attitude about not wanting a label that would commercialize their sound or philosophies. Their stay-true-to-yourself vibe will get them far.
I notice in the last few articles in this series that many of the artists have been influenced by Dave Matthews. That surprised me somewhat. I don't consider the Dave Matthews Band as country music. Interesting.
suzettenaples on September 08, 2016:
Yeehaw! For the Nashville Nobodies! Sounds like a great singing duo. It is so interesting reading these bios of singers singing in Nashville but not yet signed to labels. They are living the dream. I need to revisit Bashville one day soon.
Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on September 08, 2016:
Hey ladies! Thanks for checking out the Nashville Nobodies. Two excellent musicians with personalities to match. They were a pleasure to work with and listen to!
FlourishAnyway from USA on September 06, 2016:
You make me totally miss Nashville. I am so jealous. Lower Broadway has changed (not for the better) but still I'd take it. A college drinking buddy loved it so much he decided to stay in the city. I considered it but owed a lot in student loans.
I'd love to hear Nashville Nobodies in person. I totally agree with their perspective on the evolution of country music. I like Hank, George Jones, Tanya, Barbara Mandrell, Gary Morris, Holly Dunn, Janie Frickie, and the old stuff best,
Shannon Henry from Texas on September 06, 2016:
Sounds like they will be Nashville Somebodies one day, especially with fans like you helping ot promote their music. Thanks for bringing them to my attention. :)