The Band was officially born on June 28th, 2012. On that day, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Obamacare, declared it as a “tax” and another part of our National trainwreck began. As the news of this spread over the airwaves, Luke called Joey and, in so many words he said, “This Country is done. It’s over. This isn’t America anymore.” After a long pause and a breath, Joey only said two words, “Project Hayseed”.
These two men, both professional stage and studio musicians, had (for years) talked of writing songs about America, her values and the Patriots that make it happen. Not wanting to go the Toby Keith or Lee Greenwood route, they wanted music that was more realistic, cinematic and not driven by formulatic, music industry, audience pandering. They knew that Conservative beliefs paired with a band and music that loved this country and traditional values were starting behind the 8 Ball in this industry. But with that, they were off...
The early days were mixed blessings. The few songs written played really well with audiences. But keeping the “band” together was a nightmare. As Joey puts it, “There’s a TON of talent in our neck of the world. Finding good players was easy. Finding them to commit to the ideals of the band was the problem. With very few originals we played lots of cover songs to fill the show. We did great. Great talent can do covers. But the economy was weak at best, we didn’t play live very often because monetarily it didn’t make sense for the band. Luke and I were committed to the sweat equity but the other members weren’t. So, without it being steady, the band lineup wasn’t steady. So we were constantly going back to square one.”
The big break for the band was the internet. With nothing more than “basement demos” of the original songs - coupled with an audience who was tired of Obama telling Americans “You didn’t build that.”, Project Hayseed climbed like a rocket. Oddly, PROJECT HAYSEED grew, or at least the concept of it grew, much faster than the music did. People clearly understood their personal motives and the requests for music and show dates to hear and see them poured in.
The truth of the matter is that they had a popular band with no music. Probably a first in the world. Band t-shirts were sold and shipped in Alaska and to U.S. Military bases overseas before the first song was ever professionally recorded. But with an audience watching their favorite music and screen artists use their celebrity status to poor-mouth America, the options for an abandoned, America loving fan, were growing slim. Project Hayseed was there to fill the need.
Slowly but surely, more songs were written, personnel changed, there was even an offer from a major label to sign the group, they declined so as not to be “parked”.
“Nobody signs a group without a single, no matter their fanbase. That label is huge! They’re not idiots. They just wanted to sign us to shut us up.” - Joey Bruno
That was a watershed moment for the band. They knew they had struck some kind of nerve - they learned firsthand, years before most people realized, that the “powers that be” didn’t want Conservative thinking people having a voice in the media and entertainment.
Time rolled on. Songs were still written. Some amount of social media presence was kept. The fans, loyal and patient.
At this point, a decision had to be made. Shut it down or find a strategy for moving forward. Luke and Joey decided to go it alone. It had been their brainchild from the jump and musicians could always be hired for studio and performance work. This is nothing new in the music business, but was a first for Project Hayseed. This freed them up to have total creative control of the band, music and maintain their own schedules for production and performance.
In 2016 Donald Trump became President, his bold attitude made it appear that Conservatism was finally back and a Nation would reawaken to greatness. In that following year their song, “Oh Say Can You See” was picked up by the Motion Picture, “Out of the Fight”. Feeling this may be the nudge from the Good Lord they were looking for they made their move. Dipping into their personal savings and selling their belongings to raise money, they went into the studio in early 2018 to record (officially) “Oh Say Can You See” and released it along with the song, “Modern World”. Overnight, the fanbase exploded (again), the phone started ringing and the invites to perform had returned. The band was clearly back - smaller in manpower, but clearly bigger than ever.
Thinking the original trajectory of the writing and songs should change to something more mainstream and catchy - members of Congress had other plans. A never ending litany of “Russian Collusion” by a corrupted media, new Congressional members and deep state operatives covering their backsides proved that Hayseed music is more important than ever. Massive writing and recording sessions later, just a year before the 2020 elections between Traditional American values and Socialism, the band is releasing their first album, “These Days”.
This concept album is a throwback to the original writing styles that put the band on the map. It is a snapshot of the themes and ideals that make America great as well as the social implications of generations of voters being raised, cradle to grave, from a would be, liberty crushing, “Nanny State”. The album is relevant, quirky, bold, comical and heartbreaking in its message. Sonically it’s one of the greatest pieces of work created in decades. “These Days” flies in the face of socialism, anti-Americans and the industry and artists who capitalize on that lie.
PROJECT HAYSEED, their Fans and Liberty, lives on!