Blanco Brown’s First Interview Since Near-Fatal Motorcycle Accident.
“Some days are up then some days are pain,” Brown says via phone three days ago in his first interview since his near-fatal motorcycle accident six months ago. “You just really don’t know what day you’re getting to get until you rise up and begin trying to maneuver around and do the physiotherapy and stuff.”
On Aug. 31, Brown’s Indian motorcycle collided head-on with a pick-up truck in Atlanta. The country trap artist says he remembers tons that day, but of the accident, he says only, “It was a scary moment, but I’m just glad that God had his arms around me.” And he adds, “the accident wasn’t my fault. That’s all I can speak on right at this moment.”
Brown’s injuries were extensive: he broke —“shattered” is that the word he uses—both of his arms, wrists and legs and his pelvis.
As he was rushed into a 12-hour surgery, he recalls an especially harrowing moment. “There’s nothing more real than laying there and you hear the doctor say, ‘If we don’t get him blood, he’s not getting to make it,’ and there’s nothing you’ll do about it,” Brown says, his voice soft. “That was a flash . I could only lay there. i used to be like ‘Please don’t let me leave.’”
The doctors saved Brown’s leg, which he says “was just hanging…I’d never broken a bone in my body, so to interrupt everything at just one occasion , oh my goodness.”
Brown, 35, spent on the brink of a month within the hospital, half that in ICU. “I couldn’t move in the least . I couldn’t turn within the bed. I had external pipes protruding of my body holding my pelvis together,” he says. “I had to find out the way to do simple things. I couldn’t feed myself. i used to be broken, but it didn’t break my spirit.”
Though he understandably says “no moment was enjoyable” of his hospital stay, he lightens up when he recalls each day when the staff realized he was behind the explosive viral hit, “The Git Up.” The uplifting tune has been certified triple platinum by the RIAA, streamed on demand quite 615 million times within the U.S., consistent with MRC Data, and spent 12 weeks atop Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart.
“Three nurses came in at some point playing the song,” he says. “It just pumped my spirit all the high .”
Music helped him recover and fight the isolation since he was allowed no visitors thanks to COVID-19 protocol. He turned to songs from gospel artists Kirk Franklin and Smokey Norful, also as Tim McGraw and Jimmie Allen.
Brown, who worked with artists including Pitbull, Fergie and Monica before turning to country and western , found the messages in his own music helped too, including “Georgia Power” from his Trailer Trap Music/BBR Music Group 2019 full-length debut, Honeysuckle & Lightning Bugs. “Fans were inboxing me and saying [quotes lyrics] ‘You gotta strap up your boots/get your feeling aligned/gotta get in your mood/ thank God I’m alive, I’ll be alright.’ This song means such a lot more now,” he says.
His song “I Need Love” also took on a replacement meaning, especially the road , “As I rehearse the cornfield alone, filled with emptiness. I felt alone,” Brown says.
Though they couldn’t visit him within the hospital or at his father’s house where he visited further his recovery, many artists, including Jason Aldean and Monica, sent messages of affection to Brown with one special memento arriving at just the proper time.
In October, McGraw sent Brown one among his trademark black cowboy hats signed “Love ya, Blanco” with a note. McGraw’s 1994 hit “Don’t Take The Girl” was the primary song that Brown fell crazy as a toddler in rural Georgia. The pair recorded a version once they were both in Australia in 2019.
“Growing up watching the long-lasting black ten-gallon hat , i used to be a bit like ‘Man, if I could get during a ll|one amongst|one in every of”> one among those hats that I could hang onto and put in a case, it might mean the foremost ,’” Brown says. “I got surprised with the hat and therefore the note. What’s so crazy is that day i used to be really down, just thinking like, ‘Will I heal in time? Am I getting to heal at this rate?’ to inform you the reality , I got the hat and it made me feel great about everything. It made me want to urge up, but I couldn’t!”
Though he had—and still has— tough moments, Brown says he’s “keeping the positivity. the gorgeous thing about me, and that i can attest to the present , is I didn’t enter depressing. I even have my down days, but I avoid being depressed.”
That positivity helped him when the ripped Indian jacket he was wearing was returned to him months after the accident. “When I saw the jacket, it just brought back that moment. You get hit and don’t know what the result are going to be then you create it to measure another day,” he says. “At that time , it’s time for you to convince yourself that you’re strong enough and that i got that willpower in my mind and in my heart. I see those rips and everything could are something else.”
Similarly, he’s kept the Bell helmet he received from the manufacturer mere days before the accident. “Bell had sent it to me to undertake it out and it saved my life,” he says. “Look at God’s timing. We’ll just say I’m on the phone lecture you due to the helmet. Otherwise i might are scrambled.”
His love for motorcycle riding remains diminished, but Brown says he’s taking his time getting back on his bike and his route will certainly change. “I’m getting to be riding it on the track and therefore the back of my house, but quite likely you won’t see me on the road near you. I’m never getting to give someone the chance to hit me.”
Brown is now ready to survive his own and is splitting his time between his range in Atlanta and Nashville. he’s in physiotherapy three-to-five times every week . “I can move a touch , but I move sort of a turtle,” he says with amusing .
As Brown heals, he’s enjoying in seeing “Just The Way,” his duet with Parmalee, climb into the highest 5 of Billboard’s Country Airplay chart. He predicts more collaborations with the duo, also like other artists.
Last month, Allen posted a teaser of a song with Brown called “No Limits,” but the snippet was quickly taken down. “Ain’t no telling what’s happening with the record,” Brown says. “We just wanted to try to to something great together. you only never know when it’s coming and if it’ll be me and him or somebody else .”
More likely may be a project with Darius Rucker after the 2 recently connected via Twitter. “It’s been one among those things where I’ve always wondered what we might sound like on a song trying to mesh both of the worlds perfectly between his and mine,” he says. “I’m definitely performing on a record immediately that Darius and that i could do together. He said ‘Let’s roll in the hay .’ Who wouldn’t want to try to to it?”
Brown has just been ready to return to creating music. “I couldn’t create within the midst of browsing it initially because the pain was so bad,” he says.
As he continues to recover — he’s employing a scooter and walker for now— he admits being within the studio feels very different. “It’s just been a journey because I’m wont to dancing round the studio [and] making everybody laugh and smile and running in and out of the booth,” he says. “Now it’s real different—still the smile and therefore the laughs, but I can’t move and dance around and vibe to my very own stuff…Sooner instead of later, God willing.”
Blanco’s new album will begin this fall with a replacement single in June. Some songs are going to be informed by the accident, but he stresses, “the album tone remains joyous. I don’t want to vary the meaning of the album because the aim remains there. The album goes to bring a smile to tons of people’s faces.”
The accident has only confirmed that bringing joy is Brown’s purpose. As he continues to return out the opposite side, that commitment has only deepened.
“I definitely desire having another chance at life is God’s purpose on behalf of me and his will, so I can’t do nothing but keep it up making great music that features a meaning,” he says. “The accident, it solidified that you’re here for this purpose. ‘Keep it going. Don’t stop what you’re doing. Don’t let this put a damper on what you are doing and therefore the way you shine and the joy you’ve got . Just still be a blessing.’”