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22 – Bunn’s In The Bedroom // Brian “Honey” Bunn, Guitarist for Thomas Rhett and Songwriter

Brian “Honey” Bunn is a unique case for a player. Honey Bunn was a Nashville artist for the band DecembeRadio, a multi-Dove Award winner and Grammy nominated band, and has transitioned to being a “player” in the scene in recent years. Brian was one of the owners of DecembeRadio and toured for over a decade. The guys talk about being in the Christian music industry and what does that even look like, and the differences between working with other genres. What does that transition look like? We also get a reality check glimpse of what it really looks like as a band coming up and winning awards. Fast forward to present day, Brian is a songwriter. The guides talk a little bit about transitioning to a songwriter that is coming up in the industry. Brian shares his most recent cuts and even struggles to get there. When the guides and Honey Bunn get through talking about their favorite TV shows to binge watch on tour, they finally get to playing with Thomas Rhett. Thomas Rhett is one of the biggest country music artists rising and one of the most coveted gigs in town. Yes, Jason, their current drummer is still there. Brian shares his inside experience in the camp, how he got the gig, and even what gear he uses for a Thomas Rhett show.



Honey Bunn’s quotable highlights:

Brian on his time with DecembeRadio… “I’m thankful we didn’t get huge right off the bat, because a lot of times if you’re really famous you get people to do a lot of things for you. We learned how to do everything on our own.”

On becoming a player or being an artist… “It’s cool owning your own thing. If you win big then, you win big. There’s something nice about being able to ride someone else’s coattails.”

On support roles for an artist… “Someone has to be number two, and I’m happy doing that.”

“You have to be willing to put yourself in uncomfortable situations, because that’s where you grow and how you meet new people.”

“You can practice in your room, but nothing makes you better than playing live.”

We talked about the “cheese” moment for rocking a dulcimer. We’re just glad someone captured it.

We talked about Brian’s first in-ear monitor experience and how bad it was…this isn’t that experience but we thought it was cool to hear what he has in his mix.

Check out @therealhoneybunn on Instagram and DM him for a chance to work in his studio, “The Bakery”…get it?

Brandon Harrington // SMI Co-Host, A&R, Music Director, Video Editing
Jason Kurkimilis // SMI Co-Host, Lead Audio Production & Engineering
Christian Barker // Executive Producer

Special thanks goes out to Danny Faillo for supplying the music for this episode. Check him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

And much love as always to our episode sponsor, Fat Bottom Brewing.
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