Twice a month we interview Dads in our “How Does He Do It?” feature. If interested in participating please reach out on Facebook or Instagram.
We are excited to introduce you to Paul Bogart. Paul is a husband and a father to two little boys. Though his songs are fresh and he himself is young, Paul Bogart is an old soul with a knack for capturing time-honored traditions and summing up classic sentiments in catchy, commercially-viable songs. Exuding sincerity and a rare, down-to-earth charm, he is, simply put, the epitome of traditional country music. After nearly a decade of writing, playing and touring, Bogart has begun pulling in big numbers in every arena, literally. Whether it’s the main stage at the AQHA World Championships with thousands in attendance or the social media scene with over 3.5 million fans reached through all social video platforms, led by “The Cowboy Way” and “Cowboy Ride” with over 2.6 million views, Bogart’s songs have connected with America’s Heartland in a real, tangible way that modern country has perhaps missed. Often compared to Chris LeDoux, the modern-cowboy has written songs for Porter Wagoner, Wade Hayes, Roger Creager, Kevin Fowler and, most recently, one of only two outside cuts on the great songwriter Red Steagall’s new record Hats Off To The Cowboy.
Are you an urban or suburban dad, where do you live?
We live in a small town 30 miles west of Nashville off of the beaten path. Although I have to be on Music Row a few days a week, it suits me to live away from the hustle and bustle of Music City.
Tell us about your children?
My wife Tanya and I have two boys and they will be 2 and 4 in March. They love “shirts and skins” wrestling matches, they give really hard hugs and are currently in a race to see who’s going to get stitches first. I have lived around horses my whole life. I am a team roper and a calf roper so the boys are horseback as much as possible. Ace(2) mostly just rides with me and Jett(4) is improving all the time and is gaining more and more confidence riding by himself.
Tell us about your typical weekday?
I am a country music artist and traveling musician. We play roughly 80 shows per year but on a regular day at home I start my day around 6:15 with a strong, black cup of coffee and given that there are 31 chapters in the book of Provers, I read the chapter that corresponds with the day of the month as well as other passages and by that point, I am in the right headspace and ready to face another day. The boys get up around 7:45 hungry for the hearty breakfast of eggs and whatever else is on the menu that morning. Some days I work from home and others I have to be on Music Row but there is normally always time for a wrestling match with the boys downstairs in the play room. Most weeks, depending on the weather I’ll load up the boys and and we’ll go somewhere for some team roping practice. Those are my favorite days for lots of reasons but I’m thankful for the time with my boys.
Do you have help?
My wife, Tanya, makes everything happen around our house. She is up everyday well before daylight and works as hard as anyone I know. She’s a full-time, fantastic, beautiful, selfless mom and wife who loves her family very well.
Who cooks dinner?
Tanya runs our kitchen. She does most of the meal prep and cooking. I grill. I am an outdoorsman and I love to bow hunt. I was able to take my oldest son Jett(4) on most of my hunts this year and he was with me on 4 of my 5 harvests. I processed and packaged all the meat and filled the deep freezer in the fall and ideally our family will have plenty of venison for the year. So, I normally grill once a week enough for supper and plenty of leftovers.
How often do you have date nights?
We TRY to get in two date nights a month. We trade off babysitting with another couple who has little ones so both couples get date nights and a free babysitter pretty regularly.
What clothing lines or stores do you like to purchase for your children?
We’ve been pretty fortunate to get lots of barely used hand me downs from several friends with boys who are slightly older than ours. But, Cinch clothing is a sponsor of mine so when we do buy clothes for our boys we buy Cinch.
Do you exercise regularly and if so, what and how do you fit it in?
We do try to keep a pretty regular workout schedule. My wife and I used to always keep a gym membership but several years ago we decided to cancel it and try P90X. It worked for us. I don’t crave going to a gym and as much as I travel, I don’t always have access to a gym but you can always do a P90X workout.
What is your favorite Christmas/Hanukkah gift that you have received as an adult?
When my wife was pregnant with our first, we gave each other an all inclusive beach resort vacation. I am so thankful to have those memories of just us before kids.
What are you currently watching?
It’s rare for me to make time for TV. If the TV is on in our house it’s usually Winnie The Pooh, Paw Patrol or Sesame Street.
Thank you to Paul Bogart for taking the time out of his day to let us know “How Does He Do It.”