BY STAFF WRITER | April 1, 2019
When you go and write a song, you're not gonna have the hit song idea right off the bat, and you're not gonna catch the big fish right off the bat"
Brothers Christian and Brody Clementi grew up around songwriting, so it only makes sense they dove in to music head first. "The earliest of music in our lives is just growing up in a musical household," Christian tells Wide Open Country. "Our dad's a songwriter and our grandpa played music with our dad growing up, too."
Thanks to the help of some impressive tutelage and a grounded upbringing, the duo known as CB30 (their first name initials plus the fact they were both born on the 30th of the month), are one of Zebco's Rising Country Artists. With help from Zebco, Wide Open Country spent time on the lake with CB30 while they talked about their upbringing, challenges they face as new artists and what the outdoors means to them.
Christian (the older of the two) started writing songs with his dad years ago. "I think one of the biggest challenges in songwriting is trying to find a title and an idea that hasn't been written," he says. "And something that's real to us; something that we actually lived."
Brody just naturally folded into his brother's songwriting as a guitar player and harmony singer. "I was just playing X-Box one day...and I just started singing," Brody says. "My dad was like, 'Brody you sing pretty good harmony,' and I was like, 'What's harmony?'" he laughs.
The pair, only 17 and 14 years old, write, record, travel and perform every week. Thanks to some early exposure from their dad's friend and country superstar Luke Bryan, CB30 haven't been too surprised by dealing with the inner workings of the music industry. But that doesn't mean they don't face a lot of challenges -- like trying to balance being kids with growing a professional career.
"It can get stressful," Brody admits. "Just balancing everything, like being a kid and doing homework," Christian says. After things really started picking up, the two made the tough decision to start doing classes online so they could take care of music career commitments. "Our friends are really supportive, music wise," Christian says. "They love the music and they come to shows. But if we ever miss like a hangout they'll give us a little crap."
Luckily, the brothers still find plenty of time to relax by fishing with their dad. "It's like our little peace zone," Brody says. "We get song ideas out here," Christian adds. "A lot of song titles come from this place."
The pair say fishing and songwriting are actually a lot alike. "When you go and write a song, you're not gonna have the hit song idea right off the bat, and you're not gonna catch the big fish right off the bat," Christian says. "You gotta work hard and put some time in."
On The Water
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BY STAFF WRITER | June 3, 2019
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