Paul Bogart Releases Country Version of U2’s “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”
Though his songs are fresh and he himself is young, Paul Bogart is an old soul with a knack for capturing time-honored traditions and summing up classic sentiments in catchy, commercially-viable songs. Exuding sincerity and a rare, down-to-earth charm, he is, simply put, the epitome of traditional country music.
Congratulations #GirlDad! You wrote “Buckaroo Lullaby” with Bill Whyte after the birth of your first son. Any plans for a new song in honor of your first girl?
Lots of things in life inspire song ideas and sometimes an entire scene happens and the whole, true story ends up in a 3-minute song. As it has turned out, Bill Whyte and I have written a song for Jett and for Ace.
“Buckaroo Lullaby” came about shortly after Jett was born and then we wrote “The Ballad of Exit 199” after Ace was born in our car on the way to the hospital. “Exit 199” is on the upcoming album and tells the whole story in a Jerry Reed style toe tapper. So yes. I’m sure I’ll write a song for my daughter and just for the sake of friendship and consistency, I hope that song comes about with Bill Whyte.
“I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”. U2’s lead singer and songwriter Bono said it is “a gospel song with a restless spirit.” What drew you to record the song?
The upcoming album isn’t a gospel album but many of the songs speak to what is most important to me-my Christian faith and my family. So, if I had to pick a theme, then “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” fits that theme nicely considering my own faith and belief in the biblical teaching that this world is not our “home” and our hope is in a future, glorious, heavenly home.
Upcoming album “Won’t Have Far to Go” releases November 20. How does the new single represent the album’s theme?
That’s such a great description of this song. I had never even considered covering this song and consequently never did until my band and I recorded it this last summer. Zach Farnum was producing the session and as we were discussing songs he asked me to consider “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”.
I’d always known the U2 version, but it wasn’t until Zach played me Bobby Bare’s recording that it really clicked for me. What a great, open-ended, redemptive and restless song that eludes to a future hope that we will find what we’re looking for.
Plans for the release day show at the Cherokee Casino Ramona in Oklahoma?
Sadly, that show has been canceled but my band and I are planning to do a live stream concert and play the entire album as a virtual album release show. More info to come on that show.
With the holidays fast approaching, which traditional country Christmas songs are on your playlist?
Since having kids, that playlist has gradually changed as they have more input in what we listen to but I’m a sucker for western swing Christmas songs like George Strait’s “Christmas Cookies”. I love Bing Crosby, Dean Martin, The Andrews Sisters, or most anything from that era. The last few years we’ve gotten a kick out of the Kacey Musgraves’ “A Very Kacey Christmas” album she put out in 2016. So, I’m sure we’ll have several of those songs on the list.