Toby C Brady
Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Drums, Keys, Banjo, Harmonica
My music is ON the PBR’s new mobile game "Raging Bulls"
Honorary Band Members include: Dave Brewer, Travis Hartman, Michael Alex, Trey Tidwell, Brian Olson, Kimo Muraki, Kent Halverson, Ben Mish, Lyle Ronglien, Perry Morgan, Todd Kahler, Paul Sheehan, Dan Charette, Rick McMinn, "Kubby" White, Benjamin Rud, Radmilla, Thane Mitchel, Jeff Carolus, Jesse Schneider, Laurey Carolus
Americana - Storystelling Music
I grew up in the small town of Sundance Wyoming and began singing at the Saturday night barn dances in 6th grade. Inspired by the Outlaw Country artists and Indie rock bands, I taught myself to play bass and guitar by listening to a Bob Seger live album. I could always sing so it was only natural (at age 16) to front a classic rock band from Deadwood South Dakota. They were Vietnam Vets so we played all the local biker parties. And we even opened for Black Oak Arkansas, I certainly learned a LOT about life that summer.
By the time I turned 19 I was full time into performing with cover bands in the Montana/Wyoming area and DJ’ing in clubs on my off nights. I learned the hard lesson of playing the “perfect” song….the one that clears the dance floor! Now, I was also enrolled in classes for filmmaking and TV/Radio production and for a couple of years I even had a radio show on a local Billings Montana FM rock station. But I wanted to write my own songs. So…..
My next adventure took me to Hollywood, and just like the Guns & Roses video for Welcome to the Jungle I was gonna kick the worlds ass with my chrome-tip cowboy boots. And I did ok for a country boy with long hair and tattoos. I answered an ad in BAM magazine and ended up in a killer band called Sonic 13. Of course we played the clubs and did the Hollywood scene. But, I also had a daughter in Seattle so I decided that was where I really needed to be.
After I moved to Seattle and became friends with a few musicians, we decided to form a group and call it Dandilyon Soup. We surfed that big wave of chaos that rolled thru the world known as “Grunge”. We traveled the country in a van, DIY old school style we released 4 albums, played HUNDREDS of shows to as many as 30,000 people, we had a good run.
When that group called it quits, I decided to really focus on my own songwriting and not have to depend on others to get my songs completed. I started performing solo acoustic shows and writing under the band name of Lost Dogma.
I still liked having a band name out front instead my own. Then I could still work with whoever I wanted and had all the creative freedom I needed. So I recorded a rough demo of some songs, then called in some musician friends to help tighten up the loose ends. They all liked the songs so much they ended up being my live band for almost 7 years.
They say you can’t escape your “roots” and my writing started leaning towards the Alt-Country/Americana style. I feel that I’ve finally found “my voice” and people like to hear a good story. It might be a scary tale of ghosts along the highway or a love song for my guitar, I have wide spectrum of inspiration to draw from. In my lifetime I’d have to guess that I’ve written over 300+ songs, including the entire soundtrack for a local Indie film.
My greatest musical accomplishment..?? Well, I’ve managed to make a living playing original music and have created songs that make you sing along like you've known the tune forever. I enjoy performing solo acoustic gigs, selling my own CD’s… you know, “the hustle” of every songwriter trying to get to the next level and yet keep your dignity.
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