Brett Eldredge on Home, Holidays, and His Family's Famous Cake In A Cup
About Biscuits & Jam: In the South, talking about food is personal. It’s a way of sharing your history, your family, your culture, and yourself. Each week Sid Evans, Editor in Chief of Southern Living, will sit down with celebrity musicians to hear stories of how they grew up, what inspired them, and how they’ve been shaped by Southern culture. Sid will take us back to some of their most cherished memories and traditions, the family meals they still think about, and their favorite places to eat on the road.
Episode 7: July 14, 2020
Brett Eldredge grew up in the rural town of Paris, Illinois, and cut his teeth in Nashville’s many honky-tonks. Since 2013, he’s toured with artists such as Taylor Swift and Luke Bryan while chalking up several CMA and ACM nominations and wins. Released last week, his new album Sunday Drive features this song, called “Good Day,” which puts the listener back in Brett’s chilly midwest environment, and amps up the positivity, even during a bleak winter morning. In this episode of Biscuits & Jam, hear him talk family, songwriting, and how he loves the holidays.
On His Grandfather
“I would say my grandfather was my best friend. He lived a full life and had so many stories. He lived until he was about 85. He was a great storyteller. And he had just amazing ways to share his life with his family. And that really left a mark on me. I think I learned my craft as a songwriter and even as a singer telling stories from the way he told.”
On Family Cooking
“My grandmother Annabel – who everyone called Spiz – was the cook in the family. She would make meals of fried chicken, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, you name it. We also had some weird traditions like she would make chocolate cake with white icing from scratch, and then put it in a cup, and pour milk over that. And we called it Eldredge cake, which was so interesting.”
“I’m a nostalgia guy. Christmas is my favorite time of year. I'm a big fan of the way that music makes you feel. The classics from Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby, Sinatra, Dean Martin, and more. That kind of music I can feel in my heart and in my mind. And I think that's really important to have in this world.”
On the Fourth of July
“It’s my favorite holiday – other than Christmas, of course. I grew up on a lake, and so we would go boating, have cookouts, and my mom would always make this fruit pizza, which had cream cheese, fresh fruit (peaches, blueberries, bananas), and chocolate chips. It was my favorite.”
On His Dog
“My dog’s name is Edgar, he’s just about four-years-old, and we spend a lot of time together, going on hikes. I used to take so many photos of him and share them with everyone, but he didn’t want to be an Instagram star. He's retired now and just with me.”
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