Paul Bogart Shares An Authentic Cowboy Lifestyle in His New Album “Won’t Have Far To Go”
After nearly a decade of writing, playing and touring, Paul Bogart has begun pulling in big numbers in every arena, literally. Whether it’s the main stage at the AQHA World Championships with thousands in attendance or the social media scene with over 3.5 million fans reached through all social video platforms, led by “The Cowboy Way” and “Cowboy Ride” with over 2.6 million views, Bogart’s songs have connected with America’s Heartland in a real, tangible way that modern country has perhaps missed.
Releasing a new single and riding in the American Rope Horse Futurity Association’s World Champion Rope Horse Futurity in Ft. Worth in October. What advice can you share for those wanting to improve their roping skills?
If you’re just starting, the first thing you need to do is rope the dummy until you never miss it. Then, buy a horse that knows his job. I’ve heard it over and over, “I’m just starting and my horse is just starting. We’re going to learn together.” That’s the worst plan possible. Buy a horse that has made 10,000 teamroping runs and he’ll make you a better roper faster.
Riding at the American Quarter Horse Association World Show (where you have competed since you were 12-years-old). Can you describe what it was like to win World Champion Team Roper for the third time?
I am grateful for the opportunities I’ve had through the American Quarter Horse Association. They’ve been a huge part of my life since I can remember and I hope to be involved in their organization from now on. That said, it’s always exciting to qualify for their World Championship Show, have a goal, practice hard and then see that goal come to fruition. That’s a tough show so anytime I can go home with a top 3 win I am thrilled.
Singing “Ain’t No Sunshine” with your sons. What is your favorite song to sing for your boys?
One of the songs we sing fairly regularly at our house is “Barbara Ann” by the Beach Boys. Normally, anytime I start that song they’ll want to grab their guitars or a box to bang on and sing along with me.
Your first full-length album Won’t Have Far To Go releasing after three years of hard work. Of your six co-writes, which song was the most challenging to write?
I don’t know if any one of them were anymore challenging to write than another. Probably the most fun one to co-write was “The Ballad of Exit 199.” Bill Whyte and I wrote it after I told him the whole story of how my wife gave birth to our son, Ace, in the front seat of our car at 100 mph on the way to the hospital. It was a hoot! We had lots of fun piecing that true story into a 3 minute song!
Having your album added to playlists like Spotify’s New Music Nashville. How have playlists become fundamental in music discovery and marketing?
I know lots of people who never, and I mean never, turn on the radio but they pay a monthly subscription to their favorite DSP and they have ALL the songs for $10 a month. Streaming platforms have made a way for the independent artist to be discovered. In my case, I’ve had fairly minimal radio airplay but thankfully through the DSP’s my songs have literally been heard millions of times. It’s amazing when one of your songs is picked up by a playlist with lots of followers. We always feel so fortunate because when it happens we see a big spike in streams across the board.
Live shows at Tulsa Hard Rock and Billy Bob’s Texas. After winning CMA’s Entertainer of the Year, Eric Church said, “It’s gonna be music that brings us out of this, I promise. It’s not gonna be politics, it’s not gonna be sports, it’s gonna be music. It’s gonna be people that can gather their people, whether it’s vaccines or masks or however we do this thing. That is how we’re gonna leave COVID in the dustbin of history.” How do you see music’s role post-covid?
Music is a gift from God. There is music for every occasion. Songs that make you feel good, feel sad, make you want to dance, make you want to love better, make you want to drive fast or slow down. Music is a gift and the right music at the right time is good for the soul. Just as it always has, I absolutely think music will have a major roll in bringing healing and joy- covid or not. That’s what music does. It really is a gift.