Born in Mississippi and transplanted to Memphis, Tennessee, singer-songwriter Cory Branan is most definitely sure of and true to his southern roots. A natural-born storyteller, Branan is able to write in a way that makes the listener feel like they are hearing stories from an old friend. Cory’s conversational approach to writing and confidently unique way of finger-picking can only have been cultivated after years of fully immersing and dedicating himself to his craft. Branan’s current offerings of 2002‘s The Hell You Say, 2006‘s 12 Songs, and most recently 2012‘s Mutt with Bloodshot Records have brought to his listeners an alternative country sound with some rock influences.
American Songwriter praised his “hushed, dry whiskey voice and his sharp edged, story song lyrics [which] make the appropriately titled Mutt a mongrel that rewards repeated spins with an understanding of Branan’s many influences and an appreciation for his largely impressionistic, thought- provoking words.”
Branan’s tune “Bad Man,” included on his latest album Mutt, comes complete with distinct gravely vocals and occasional piano riffs. I found that this track shows a compelling comparison to the classic American maverick Bruce Springsteen’s style. “Bad Man” is available for free download here on Branan’s website.
“I know too many strangers too well.” Quoted from Cory Branan’s official site, this statement seems to reign true. Branan knows his fans well enough that he is able to produce the type of music his listeners want to hear, but still be true to himself and his experiences. You’re not going to want to miss seeing him at the Communion re-launch.
– Bailey Basham
Cory Branan- ‘Bad Man’