TJ Broscoff’s Southern Satellite
(As of 2019) 2.69 million streams (Spotify), 402,000 listeners (Spotify), 375,000 terrestrial radio spins (Traditional Radio), 49,000+ social media followers, 10 top 30 singles (Billboard Regional Country Chart) 3 number one singles and 100’s of shows a year, TJ Broscoff and his Southern Satellite are still as hungry as ever, but count their blessings daily.
Things haven’t always been a successful journey for TJ, but looking back thru the scars and self inflected wounds, the path TJ took, while crooked and full of demons, landed him right where he needed to be.
Many of us roll through life gaining a scar here and there, some very obvious and others much deeper and hidden from sight. TJ Broscoff, like the rest of us, has rolled through his life gaining those scars but has chosen to make sure that those inner scars are as obvious, to those that listen, as the ones we all parade with.
We all skin knees, suffer minor cuts, and skin our noses and we all know the pain of a busted heart. That is a part of life and TJ was right there with us. However TJ brings deeper scars to the table as he went through a period that has touched us all in one-way or another: Addiction.
TJ was raised in the suburbs of a major metropolitan area in Texas that afforded him the opportunity to be surrounded by tons of music and tons of friends. Along with those came influences that masqueraded themselves as a good thing. Turns out that became an issue. TJ went years deep into a situation that no one plans on doing. An Arizona desert brought TJ to the realization that enough was enough and he has never looked back.
The one thing that TJ clung to that provided fulfillment and joy in his life that he had complete control of was his music. He spent hours and hours perfecting his playing and developing a style that would include everything from alternative to country influences. There are many guitar players that are good and there are many that are functional but there are very few that can iron out a style of their very own. TJ has done just that.
With his demons buried and his path laid out before him, TJ started writing. Knowing that he had a story that was common with so many, he decided to expose those inner scars and share his journey.
Opening shows and getting on stage at every venue that would give him time, TJ gave it all he had. His music landed on some ears that understood what a true talent he was and it landed him in a San Antonio studio in what would turn out to be one of the most important meetings of his new life. From that meeting his first new album of biopic tunes sprang forth in his “Ready To Fly” release.
“Ready To Fly” flourished on Texas radio with five singles reaching well inside the top 30 on the Texas Music charts. Most established artists would love to see that much success on any release, especially their first. The stories on the album were true and described his struggle with his demons and his readiness to put it all behind him and move forward. To everyone’s delight, his life and his determination to be a class artist ran parallel on a road to success. TJ was ready to fly.
The album also captured the attention of Troubadour Texas, a national television project, that showcased his story and music as well. This proved that TJ was a triple threat as he was able to shine on the radio, on television, and especially the stage.
The stage is the place that TJ feels most comfortable with his ability to shine as both a top notch player and a singer with a very distinct voice. Couple that with the stories and a main character that he knows all too well and you have yourself a show with determination and conviction that most national acts would kill to possess.
After the success of “Ready to Fly”, TJ was ready with a whole new set of stories and observations that he knew he was ready to share. “The Break” was recorded and produced in the same studio that had brought forth his last project with Bill Green at the board and is as solid as a rock. With broader instrumentation and intelligent lyrics, “The Break” stands as a natural successor to its freshman counterpart, “Ready To Fly”.
“The Break” garnered not one, not two, but three number one radio hits, and landed TJ and his band playing bigger shows for bigger crowds. The band even did a run with the one and only Dwight Yoakum as well as many staples and counterparts in the Texas country music scene. “The Break” told stories of small victories, such as “Roll” as well as hit on some darker topics such as “Better man” a song about the hardships of a woman being alone while her partner was on the road, or “Needle to the bone” a song TJ wrote about his close friend that died of a drug suicide.
Like the first record, the press had positive things when speaking of “The Break” Chuck Dauphin of Music Nashville News said of TJ: “One quote that has been attributed to the music of T.J. Broscoff is that he is an “old soul in a young body.” Listening to his music, I get that sentiment. I’ll even go a step further. Broscoff might very well be the best pure songwriter to hit the genre since Jamey Johnson came to Nashville a few years back.”
Coming off the successful back-to-back records, TJ and his band hit the road for a solid two years playing all over the mid west and yearly runs to the northeast. During this time TJ wrote a full collection of new songs and in early 2017 finished his third record titled “Love Loss and the Afterglow.” TJ Speaks of it as, “Love loss was a special record for me, as all records are I guess. But Love loss was written during a time in my personal life where, after ending an incredibly long, unhealthy relationship, I found myself in a healthy relationship, I never knew could exist. Love, as cliché as it is, is an extremely important and fulfilling thing in life. I found my whole aspect on life change and I wanted to write about the “Afterglow” of finally being grounded, both personally and professionally. I wanted to do something different this time and asked my good friend Chris Bell (Don Henley, Dave Mathews, Kenny Wayne Sheppard) if he would like to make a record? Chris loved the idea so we set out to find a producer. I came back with two, HA!” Jerrad Green, (Bill Green’s son, producer of first two records) and Wes Hutchinson (well known New York musician and producer) Produced. With 3 Grammy winners and a handful of professional musicians including Pete Remm (Norah Jones husband) on Piano, Steve Morgan on bass, and Jim Novak on steel, LLATG had an all-star list that brought to project to life.
“Love Loss and the Afterglow” was recorded in two different locations, one being Norah Jones personal home studio in Brooklyn New York and the bulk recorded at the famed “Echophone Studios” in Shreveport Louisiana. The first single of off LLATG “Should’ve Been Mine” earned another top 15 for TJ and had over 100,000 Spotify spins. “So far the response from Love loss has been tremendous for us.” Tj says. “I’m looking forward to a full 2018.”
In 2019 TJ again went into the studio with Chris Bell and his new project Southern Satellite. TJ Broscoff’s Southern Satellite was born out of an idea TJ had for years. “I’ve always wanted to be in a band. I’ve always loved the thought of bouncing ideas off other players and those players taking ownership in the music I write. Let’s be honest. I never would have succeeded as well as I have without the support and talented musicians I share the studio and stage with every night. Southern Satellite brings everyone to the table as an equal and I love now being in a project that feels complete.” TJ said.
TJ Broscoff’s Southern Satellite released their first album in October of 2019 “Crooked Road Crooked Rain”. CRCR was recorded in Wimberley Texas in the spring of 2019 and the tone of the album takes TJ and his band in yet another musical direction playing off Americana influences as well as traditional southern classic rock.
All of these projects are proof that musical ideas can be new and fresh and can also be coupled with lyrical content that does not insult the listener’s ability to understand more than a back road and a tailgate. In two words you can describe TJ Broscoff’s Southern Satellite and thier music: smart and talented.