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A Seattle native, Brandon Hale is a 5th generation Montanan, having roots in small rural Montana towns from Nashua to the Yaak, Glasgow to Libby, and currently in Bozeman MT for the last 22 years. Tom Day, a member in Brandon's band "The Dirty Shame" describes Hale as “a combination of an ideas man and an action man.” Brandon was brought up with his older brother and sister, Michael and Kristen all raised by Mother, Sandy McNulty who took on the role of single mom, with grace, dignity, passion, perseverance, and a lot of love. "We didn't have much money, but we had a ton of love", says Hale. Loving music from a young age, Brandon picked up the guitar at age 13, after seeing his first live concert "Gordon Lightfoot". "It seemed like I was the youngest person in the crowd by 20 years, also people were giving me funny looks, cause i was singing along and i knew every word to every song," says Hale. Gordon was a huge inspiration to me. A few months later Brandon saw Neil Young live and that's when he picked up a Neil Young Anthology songbook and started to learn about chords. "my brother gave me his old Washburn acoustic guitar, and I slowly learned the basic open chords and tried to sing along to Neil's songs". As Brandon practiced more and more, his love and passion for playing music grew. Years later Brandon
Brandon Hale's band, the Dirty Shame has been together in some iteration since 2006, and the band produced one album. Hale wrote most of the songs on the self-titled cd, and his lyrics that describe characters from a hard-living western life. In the thread of classic country, his bar-goers and modern highwaymen accept hardships with a mix of party, mourning and a touch of sweetness.
In “Lonesome Highway,” Hale sings:
"Got this aching in my heart, got to get the hell out of here
I don’t recognize the face staring back at me in the rear view mirror
Nobody said it would be easy, nobody said it’d easy to be free
I guess it’s just time to pick up the pieces, pick up the pieces of me
Hey there bartender I’ll have one more beer and I’ll be on my way
Before I take my first steps on this Lonesome Highway"
Besides playing with his OutLaw Country band "The Dirty Shame" Hale now is playing solo gigs, singing original songs as well as, country and rock covers.
“In the thread of classic country, his bar-goers and modern highwaymen accept hardships with a mix of party, mourning and a touch of sweetness.”
Emily Stifler - Montana Outlaw
WORKING TO PROTECT FAMILIES
Brandon's other job besides music
Other than using my voice to make a living which includes: singing songs at bars and small venues with just me and my Gibson guitar, singing with The Dirty Shame band all over the NW, or reading copy for voice-over work on commercials, industrials, documentaries, cartoons, radio etc., I also work with Family First Life as a Montana State licensed field underwriter. Which means I have contracted with numerous insurance carriers, that are all A+ rated, that have been in the business for decades. I am currently working with Family First Life as an independent field underwriter/broker building my own small agency. I can personally tailer a policy thats affordable to any budget or health condition (even terminally ill people) and get you approved so you can protect your loved ones. Levels of coverage and premiums, however are based on age, health, habits, and other things like that.
I love playing music for the folks of Montana, who come out and watch me play, cheer me on and dance to my tunes, and I also love helping those people put together a plan that insures them and their loved ones are taking care of if they get terminally ill, or when their time comes which will happen to us all. After I lost my restaurant (Brando's Wing Co) I was trying to decide what else I wanted to do, beside music to pay the bills. I wanted something that was meaningful, and dealt with meeting and talking to people, which I love. I few years back I had quit my sales rep job in Alaska and moved back to Bozeman to take care of my mother full time as she could not care for herself due to advanced
Alzheimer's disease. After caring for her for two years she passed away, She had saved some money for her retirement, had a great 401k, til the bank she worked for, for 25 years collapsed and took it all.
What money that was left went quickly because it was necessary for my sister to quit her job to take care of mom 24/7 for the first 3 years, then again necessary for me to quit my job, when I took over the caregiving for her last 2 years of life. If she would of had a life insurance policy with disability or living benefits, we could of used that money for her care when she was alive, final expenses and protecting her house. After she passed we had to sell her house immediately because we had no money for end of life fees which included: probate attorney fees, funeral home fees (cremation, urn, transport), death certificates which were a staggering $500, and numerous other fees that you don't think of. The bill over $9,000. Unfortunately the Market was horrible at that time and we knew we were going to take a huge hit on the sale of her house, unless we waited for a year, however we did not have the money to postpone the sale. We sold, for what we knew was a very low price. 7 months later it resold for double what we got. One policy that would cost us a $100 a month would of covered the cost of the final expenses, as well as given us enough money to pay the house bills for another year, giving us the advantage of holding out for a better offer. Now helping families avoid situations like ours is a priority for me.