I’m Breck Shirley. I was born & raised in Weatherford, Texas. I went to Weatherford high school & graduated in 2003. I moved to Stephenville Texas in 2006 to attend Tarleton State University. I grew up on the outlaw country of Willie, Merle, Waylon & Johnny. I also loved George Strait & Garth as any other kid did. I remember hearing the name Pat Green for the first time in 1999 at 15 years old. I listened to the album “Dancehall Dreamer.” His music changed my whole perception of what music could be & was about to be. In 1999 Pat released “Live at Billy Bob’s.” That album stayed on my radio on repeat for years & is still on my playlist today.
Shortly after Pat, I was introduced to Cross Canadian Ragweed, Jason Boland, Stoney Larue, The Great Divide & the list goes on. Texas Country/ red dirt music had completely taken over my folding CD case & the CD case on my visor in my truck.
When I moved to Stephenville, this was a hotbed for many Texas country/red dirt bands that are still playing today. I spent many nights at City Limits, Bostocks, & Rockin P. Those were the options for music back then. I would go to every open mic night available & listen to the up & coming re artists. I made friends with Six Market Blvd., Dolly Shine, Matt Wayne Band, & many other acts that rolled through town. I attended Larry Joe Taylor Music Fest & Labor Day at the Lake Music Festival every year. I was becoming so ingrained in the Texas/Red dirt music scene & loved every second of it. I was lucky enough to spend about a year on the road with Dolly Shine selling their merch & I met a lot of great artists along the way.
Since leaving Stephenville, I’ve been working for my family business in construction. During the Covid shutdowns, I decided to start up a hobby recording podcasts in my garage. I love hearing the backstories & history of the musicians I’ve listened to for so long. Each story is unique & each road is different that takes an artist to where they stand today. I plan on bringing the listeners artists they have listened to for so long & some they haven't heard of yet but should give a try. I’m 36 now, married, with 2 beautiful daughters & I’m really enjoying this chapter of my life of being a husband, dad, & interviewing my heroes & friends.
Thanks for listening & God Bless Texas...