EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- With two pianists for parents, Bri has been making music since before she can remember. She started playing violin when she was four years old, and since then picked up piano, mandolin, guitar, French horn, and a little bit of banjo. Bri was born and raised in northwestern Wisconsin, but she has strong roots in Tennessee. She spent her childhood summers eating okra and sweet corn in the Tennessee countryside. Many of her favorite family stories center around Uncle Jimmy, who owned The Uptown Club nightclub in the notorious original Printer’s Alley.
Bri moved to Nashville in 2011 and has since shared the stage with artists from Chris Stapleton to Tanya Tucker, and has toured all over the U.S., Canada, and Japan as a fiddle player and background vocalist for other artists. She took a break from the road in late 2015 to pursue her solo career and released her debut record, "Throw Down My Heart," produced by Eli Beaird, in October 2016.
"Throw Down My Heart" was inspired the way so much art is inspired: by heartbreak. But it wasn't the traditional heartbreak; it was the heartbreak that everyone who moves to Nashville to pursue music experiences but no one ever talks about. She said in an interview with the Leader Telegram, "A lot of those songs...came out of my touring experience ... and the feelings of loneliness, and also the pressure that it puts on relationships and people back home. As a professional touring musician...it’s easy to make it look fabulous on social media, but the reality is you’re sleeping three to four hours a night, and you’re constantly on the road.”
Finding herself as a solo artist has been a healing process that has allowed her to blossom as a young songwriter and artist in Nashville. The title track from her EP, "Throw Down My Heart," was chosen as a semifinalist in the 2016 International Songwriter Competition. Bri has plans in 2017 to record a full-length album with a more focused, acoustic sound, featuring her fiddle playing. Producer Eli Beaird remarked, "Her talent goes way beyond her years, and I’m excited to see her develop into the amazing artist she clearly is.”
She's performing at The Local Store on N Dewey St, Saturday night (12/16) at 7pm.