Recap by Program Manager, Mamie Shepherd
Before taking the stage with Kenny Chesney at Nashville’s massive Nissan Stadium for the Trip Around the Sun Tour, country star, Brandon Lay, made a special visit to Seacrest Studios at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt!
Brandon told the audience gathered in the studio all about life on the road (he loves being on tour) and life on a tour bus! His bus carries 9-12 people at any given time and the group loves to watch Friends and The Office together while traveling. Sometimes, the musicians just like to pull out their guitars and jam in between cities. When talking about preparing to go on tour, Brandon walked us through his packing list for the road. He said, “I always make sure I have some swimming trunks.” One of his last days off from the tour led to floating down the river with his band!
When he gets back to Nashville, the first thing Brandon likes to do is jump on his motorcycle. He also likes to spend time with his Pomeranian, Rusty T (find his pup on Instagram @rustytfromtn)!
Brandon talked about how he has stayed positive while navigating his way through the music industry – a lesson our patients applied to learning how to stay positive while in the hospital. “It’s hard if you stand and try to watch a tree grow. Just keep trying. You might look back and 6 weeks has gone by and the difference is just astronomical. That has always inspired me. You’re not going to see an instant change, but if you just keep showing up and just keep trying – and even if you fail, just keep getting out of bed and trying – you’ll look back maybe it’s 2 weeks or 2 months, but you’re going to notice a change and people will see it around you. When you look back and see the difference, that’s what will motivate you to keep on and even kick it up a notch. That has been my philosophy. Keep grinding and just show up.”
To the delight of the audience in Seacrest Studios, Brandon sang his hit song, “Speakers, Bleachers and Preachers.”
Check out the funny video below of Brandon and his guitar player, JP, playing a paper plate drawing game!
Huge thanks to Brandon Lay for making a tour stop at Seacrest Studios Nashville! We hope to see you again soon!