Liam Mogan~ “Artist Spotlight”

            Liam Mogan is a Southern California up and coming country musician and his nickname is “The Surfing Cowboy.” His debut project “Headlights,” was released on November 16, 2018. 

            Mogan does not just sing and write his own country music, he is country to the essence in a time where that it is becoming less common in both life and a form of art. He was born and grew up in Agoura Hills, California; still to this day he is constantly around horses and waves. Mogan started joining in the care and keeping of livestock at a young age, also he competed in bull riding while attending high school (until injury), and rescues and trains horses like his adored hare, Tulsa. Tulsa was found starving in the desert. When he is not riding waves off the Pacific coast, Mogan is on his saddle or volunteering at Mini Therapy Horses in California. He showcases hard work as a member of the Local 12 Operating Engineers Union and also continues to work on his music. 

            Deeply under the influence of the stories and lyrics from the 80’s and 90’s country tunes- which shape him to embrace his own country lifestyle. Mogan’s work is different from his peers, which is shown in his latest release, “Headlights.” “Headlights,” was recorded in Nashville at Pat Lassiter’s Riverfront Recording Studio, the debut project features the smart double entendre of “Miss Behave,” the autobiography single “Workin’ Man Banjo, and four other important tracks that each showcases great content that was created by Mogan.

            Mogan’s music and great work ethic got the attention of Swedish bassist and producer, Victor Broden (LeAnn Rimes, Richard Marx, Brad Paisley, and Thompson Square); he later dedicated his chops to Mogan’s debut release as a player and producer. 

            If you would like to find out more about Liam Mogan then check out his website at (https://liammoganmusic.com). 

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Liam Mogan~ “Q&A”!!!

1.  Hello Liam, can you tell me a little about yourself before you became a country musician?  Before making music (even before picking up an instrument), I was really invested in football, team roping and surfing. Football was pretty much my life until senior year of high school. I thought I’d play in college, but I attended Pepperdine University, which doesn’t have a collegiate team.

2.  How did you get the nickname “The Surfing Cowboy?”There’s apparently a shop in Venice [California] called “Surfing Cowboy”. I can’t remember if one of my buds heard of it first and gave me the label or if it was independent from that. It has stuck ever since and either way—I’m part hippie and part cowboy—it fits me pretty well! 🤠🤙🏼

3.  What is the background story behind your single “Miss Behave,” from your debut release “Headlights?”Hmm. That’s a good question. That “bar scene” story, in “Miss Behave” and in other songs of mine with similar vibes, go back to my post high school era of going to our local dancehall Borderline with all of my buddies. It was our first taste of the bar scene. It was great; line dancing, smoking cigarettes, flirting with girls much older than us… cracks me up when I think back! But the story definitely comes from that time in my life. 

4.  Who are some of your musical icons?I like to split them up: old school icons include Hank Williams Sr, Elvis, and Little Richard, to name a few. Without going through my entire musical library, my modern icons are Kip Moore and Springsteen because of their stellar songwriting abilities. 

5.  Where are some of your favorite venues or events to play at?The Canyon Club in Agoura Hills is my favorite venue. It’s my hometown venue, and I’m so blessed to get to play there. The Canyon is where we went growing up to see Merle Haggard and Ted Nugent. There’s a lot of history there! 

6.  Does your grandmother still have her letter from the legend Loretta Lynn wrote to her? Bringing up the sore subject… haha, just kidding! Apparently it has been lost along the many moves my family made between the East Coast and LA. I’ve heard that it may be in our family storage unit, but I’m not too sure. If I ever find it, I will make sure to post it! 

7.  What got you involve in rescuing and helping a beautiful mare name Tulsa, who was abandoned in the California desert.My family friends lived there for many years. My dad, sister and I went out there every weekend growing up to ride and rope the steers they had out there. Anyhow, our friends saw Tulsa and her mother being chased by a pack of wild Pit Bulls (very common in the Mojave desert). They went out and rescued them. Our friends have trained dozens of horses with plenty of experience with rank handfuls, but at their age, Tulsa was too much for them. That is when I took Tulsa home and immediately started her training. She’s come a long way, but there’s plenty of training to be had! 

8.  What is one of your favorite quotes?“That’s life.”  

9.  Is there anything else you would like to share? Musically, I’d like to say that there is a lot of upcoming shows/music releases planned within the next few months. My current EP Headlights is available digitally wherever you download/stream music. Also, if you are on social media, give me a follow on Instagram @liammoganmusic to check out what I’ve been up to. Finally, thanks for taking the time to feature me! 🙂