Rosco Johnny with Tiffany Brooks - 10 Questions Music Interview
Updated: Sep 16, 2020
Rosco Johnny offers “Texas Folk with a Shot of Country” by way of their powerful, interweaving harmonies and infectious stage presence. The Rosco Johnny trio explores the great traditions of folk, roots rock, and country. This family trio consisting of Justin Brooks, Tiffany Brooks (husband and wife), and Morgan Taylor (Tiffanyʼs brother) transport the listener to the familiar comfort of the front porches and deep woods of their roots. Beginning as a vehicle to provide backing vocals to Justinʼs solo career, they discovered something special in their harmonies and took on the name, “Rosco Johnny” after Tiffany and Morganʼ s grandfather, who professed his love for his wife, his God, his country music, and his harmonica until his dying day. They have released their debut EP “In Trio” on Southern Skye Records working with Grammy-nominated producer, Billy Smiley in Nashville.
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
Yes, absolutely! Regarding this current project any way...my husband, Justin Brooks. Justin is the originator of the band, another 3rd of Rosco Johnny. I would often "write songs" from a young age when feeling inspired, and was always singing or playing the piano--but it was meeting Justin that really brought the creativity to a new place. Justin is typically going to be the brainchild behind a song, but I think we work well together in that way, as we have learned over time to craft a sentence or idea together to be its best.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
Honestly, I think the craziest (aka biggest) thing to happen in my music career has been getting to work with Billy Smiley. Justin, being a HUGE fan (and me being a NEW fan), was so excited to get to know Billy last year and our band has really grown and thrived under Billy's direction and production work on our new albums. We couldn't be more grateful and are having a blast along the way.
What has been the high point of your music path? The high point of my music path is now. Daily experiencing my life's passion with my husband, and my brother (Morgan), the other 3rd of Rosco Johnny. To add to this, my children get to accompany us most of the time when on the road or in the studio, and that sums up my dream in a nutshell right there.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like? Currently, we've been writing much more as a trio which has been awesome. We will get away any time able, which has been somewhat slim as of late...both Morgan and his wife as well as Justin and I have newborns so enough said ha. We recently were in Nashville for a writing retreat and one of our favorites came out of it which will be heard on our next EP. It's always been amazing to sing together, but creating a song together adds another layer that makes it pretty special.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
I personally think the biggest challenge right now, especially since most music is released digitally these days, is just getting through all of the daily noise (music or otherwise) in order to be heard. That's not to say that everything else is "noise" and what we are trying to offer is not, but there is just so much out there, and on so many different platforms, that it can be difficult not to just feel like you are floating in the sea.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why? Oh goodness, hard to narrow it down to one! But for one, I would absolutely love to share the stage with Amos Lee...his voice is so moving to me, and I feel like our styles could compliment. So if any of his people are reading this...
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show? Rehearsals are in short, a lot of fun. We never spend time together that doesn't produce a lot of laughs, even when putting in hard work! We will get together, usually at our house, and practice in our front living room, sound system and all. The kids run around in the process and jump on the mic periodically. We have a lot of windows so I'm sure the neighbors get a kick out of all of our
Pick one song that was the most difficult to write. Tell us about it.
Probably "Trouble in the Water". We had several pieces of the song that I liked individually, but it was a bit challenging finding the perfect way to fit them together. With persistence and patience it all came together though, and it's now one of my favorites!
What's coming up in the future? Super excited to be releasing 3 new songs each month through the top of the new year, and then we have plans to release them all collectively on vinyl. When it becomes safe again, we also look forward to more live shows and touring.
Tell us where fans can access your music? Here's all our LINKS.