Sunday Session in the Civic Wine Bar
Brittany Bailey has built her music career “not doing the normal things.” Raised in Oregon, she traveled often from a very young age with her truck-driving grandparents. Growing up listening to their traditional bluegrass and country music inevitably helped to shape her traditional-but-new sound. Bailey developed her musical talent within the tight-knit bluegrass communities up and down the West Coast, performing with her Grandfather’s band and making guest appearances with local and regional bands. She made her first festival appearance at 9 years old and started playing guitar and writing songs at 13.
At 18, Bailey moved to Nashville. She toured with a number of bands and musicians, most notably with the Grasshoppers, including Jeremy Garrett, who went on to co-found the Infamous Stringdusters. She also made a solo album, including eight original songs. Reviewing the album, Bluegrass Unlimited called her “a gifted and expressive songwriter.”
After six years in Nashville, Bailey says she felt “a really strong pull to Oregon.” So she moved back and started over. The move was “divine timing,” she says -- less than two years after she moved back her life turned down a different route by raising a family. Now 35, Bailey’s been growing healthy roots in the hills outside of her hometown of Eugene while still playing music locally. “I’ve been able to keep writing songs, and stay creative. It’s still my essence, I can’t stop,” she says.
Making Old-Fashioned Way is Bailey’s first step back out into the wider world with her music. “I’ve always resonated with the vintage sound, and always sang country music and bluegrass. It helps that the country sound is being welcomed with open arms right now. There’s no better time to come out with this record. It’s not the next new thing, it’s just what’s been naturally born from my soul the past ten years.”