SixForty1 | Artist of the Month
Kentucky natives now living in Nashville, Austin Gee and Brooks Hoffman make up SixForty1, the country duo we think you need to know about.
Although they didn’t meet until college at Murray State in Kentucky, Austin and Brooks both recall catching the ‘music bug’ very early in life. For Brooks, he started guitar and drum lesses at 9, while Austin began singing as early as he possibly could.
They were destined for music.
With catchy, upbeat songs, relatable lyrics, and a hint of that red dirt Texas country sound (think Josh Abbott Band), we’re loving what we’re hearing from SixForty1 and can’t wait to hear more new music from them. Apparently, other country music fans are too – the duo’s latest single, “Plane Crazy” already has more than 1.3 million streams on Spotify!
Want more music? Check out their first two EPs on Spotify. This Friday, November 9th, SixForty1 is releasing their next single, “Maybe I Might.”
Keep reading to find out how SixForty1 was formed, where Austin and Brooks like to grab a bite to eat in Music City, and what other country music artists you need to know about!
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Q & A | SixForty1
Country Clones | Tell us how you two met and formed a country duo?
SixForty1 | We met our sophomore year at Murray State University at a sorority talent competition. Austin was playing guitar during dress rehearsal, so Brooks came up and asked him what he was going to play. Austin said he might play an original song. Brooks said, “me too.” It was at that point in time that we decided to write together and form a country duo.
CC | Tell us the story behind the name SixForty1
SF1 | SixForty1 comes from the main highway that cuts through Murray, KY – Highway 641. The city of Murray means a lot to us, so it is nice that we get to take a little piece of our college town with us everywhere we go.
CC | Who are some of your inspirations musically?
SF1 | Florida Georgia Line, Post Malone, Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Maren Morris, Justin Beiber, and Thomas Rhett to name a few.
CC | What’s your favorite country festival?
SF1 | It would be cool to travel out west to California for Stagecoach one day. We haven’t been or played yet!
CC | What’s something every fan should bring to a country festival? — a must-have travel item?
SF1 | Extra cash. It goes fast, trust us.
CC | If you could see any country artists, dead or alive, headline a 3-day festival, who would they be?
SF1 | Probably Rascal Flatts or Kenny Chesney
CC | What artists are you currently listening to? (doesn’t have to be country)
SF1 | Lil Wayne and Jimmie Allen are our two most recently played on Spotify.
CC | What country artists do you think we should know about? (other than SixForty1 :))
SF1 | Morgan Johnston and Jody Chappell.
CC | What do you want your fans to know about you guys?
SF1 | We are serious about performing and writing music, but we also like to have a good time!
CC | What’s your favorite restaurant in Nashville?
SF1 | M.L. Rose 8th Ave
CC | Hot Chicken or BBQ?
SF1 | Hot Chicken
CC | What has been your favorite memory so far in your music career?
SF1 | Our song ‘Plane Crazy’ crossing 1 million streams on Spotify.
CC | What can we expect from SixForty1 in 2019?
SF1 | New music and hopefully a few surprises. We can’t wait to see what 2019 has in store. 2018 treated us well and we are incredibly grateful.