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Cary Brothers

Wry, thoughtful singer/songwriter Cary Brothers broke into the mainstream with the single "Blue Eyes," a gorgeously articulate ballad he contributed to 2004's Grammy-winning, hip-artist-showcasing Garden State soundtrack. Born in 1974 to a watercolorist mother and surgeon father, Brothers eschewed the sounds of his native Nashville in favor of Britpop artists like the Cure and the Smiths. Brothers attended college at Northwestern University in the early '90s, where he met Zach Braff, the writer, director, and star of Garden State. Both moved to L.A. after graduation, where Braff rounded out his acting résumé and Brothers partnered with a friend to open a small production company that produced, among other things, the Freddie Prinze, Jr., movie Sparkler. By 2002, though, his instinct to make music had overtaken his drive to rub shoulders with Hollywood insiders. Brothers, who by then had developed an appreciation for the country-folk music he couldn't be bothered with as a youngster in Nashville, began playing around L.A. at such venues as the Hotel Cafe, a local haunt for upcoming singer/songwriters. There he honed the early material that would win over more than 10,000 buyers for his reverb-ringed spring 2005 EP All the Rage. Before that disc came out, though, Brothers -- with the help of buddy Braff -- had already taken his sound to the small screen after an appearance on Scrubs. His swelling popularity, by then best evidenced by the iPod charts, where "Blue Eyes" broke the Top 100 Songs list and topped the folk chart, was also helped along by his business acumen. In 2004, he hit upon an idea for connecting with potential listeners: he conceived a free, downloadable "song of the week," still available on his website, that would allow fans of his moody, Coldplay-meets-U2 sound to send him feedback on what they liked and what, for them, could use some retooling. By fall 2005, when a second EP, Waiting for Your Letter, was issued on his Procrastination Music label, the spike in visits to his site had confirmed that the concept was working. Armed with a strong fan base, Brothers released his debut full-length, Who You Are, in May 2007. ~ Tammy La Gorce
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  1.   Song
  2.   Break off the Bough
  3.   Ghost Town
  4.   Someday
  5.   Something About You
  6.   Think Awhile
  7.   Never Tear Us Apart
  8.   Fallin'
  9.   Alien
  10.   Belong
  11.   Blue Eyes
  12.   Kick the Can
  13.   Words of Mine
  14.   Run Away
  15.   Under Control
  16.   After the Fall
  17.   The Last One
  18.   [Untitled]
  19.   [Untitled]
  20.   [Untitled]
  21.   Ride
  22.   Honestly
  23.   Something
  24.   Precious Lie
  25.   Lovin' on You
  26.   Let Me Be
  27.   Oh My Love
  28.   Live Without You
  29.   Father Christmas
  30.   Over and Out
  31.   Can't Take My Eyes off You
  32.   Jealousy
  33.   If You Were Here
  34.   All the Rage
  35.   True
  36.   Disappear
  37.   Ordinary World
  38.   Christmas Tree
  39.   The Glass Parade
  40.   O Holy Night
  41.   Take Your Time
  42.   Lonliest Girl in the World
  43.   Who You Are
  44.   Supposed to Be
  45.   Waiting for Your Letter
  46.   Wasted One
  47.   Forget About You
  48.   Loneliest Girl in the World
  49.   Bonus Track 1
  50.   Bonus Track 2
  51.   Bonus Track 3
  52.   Maps by Priscilla Ahn
  53.   Absolute Beginners by Butterfly Boucher
  54.   Lessons Learned by Rachael Yamagata

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