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Cory Branan

A singer/songwriter with a sharp, literate style and a gift for storytelling, Cory Branan matured into a signature artist in the contemporary folk and roots music communities. Born in Memphis, Tennessee and raised in the Memphis suburb of Southaven, Branan was surrounded by music from an early age. His father Dallas played drums in local bands during his downtime from work, while his grandfather was a skilled guitarist and his great-grandfather could play violin. By his teens, the younger Branan was playing death metal and eventually fronted a Black Sabbath cover band. It wasn't until he was in his early twenties and received a degree from the University of Memphis that he explored the music of John Prine, a move that led him to return to his guitar and start writing songs. In 2000, the Memphis chapter of NARAS awarded Branan the Phillips Award for Newcomer of the Year before he had even cut his debut album. With the honors rolling in, Branan self-released his first album, The Hell You Say, in 2001. Branan struck a deal with Madjack Records, and the label reissued The Hell You Say in 2002. 12 Songs followed in early 2006, also released by Madjack. Branan parted ways with Madjack and teamed with independent "insurgent country" label Bloodshot Records for the release of his third LP, 2012's Mutt, the title referring to the many styles and influences that inform his songs. In a follow-up that was swift by Branan's standards, 2014 brought his fourth long-player, The No-Hit Wonder, which included guest appearances from Craig Finn and Steve Selvidge of the Hold Steady, and Jason Isbell. The album was well-received by critics, with Rolling Stone cited it as one of the 40 best Country Albums of the Year. Branan's fifth full-length release, 2017's Adios, was described by the songwriter as a "loser's survival kit," dealing with loss and disappointment in witty but incisive fashion. ~ MacKenzie Wilson & Mark Deming
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Stations Featuring
Cory Branan

    Alt Country

    Alt Country
    3 songs

Albums by
Cory Branan

Top Songs by
Cory Branan

  1.   Song
  2.   All the Rivers in Colorado
  3.   Walk Around
  4.   Sour Mash
  5.   Badman
  6.   The No-Hit Wonder
  7.   Survivor Blues
  8.   A Girl Named Go
  9.   Meantime Blues
  10.   Yesterday
  11.   The Corner
  12.   The Corner
  13.   Easy
  14.   Lily
  15.   She's My Rock-N-Roll
  16.   C'mon Shadow
  17.   The Last Man on Earth
  18.   The Highway Home
  19.   Daddy Was a Skywriter
  20.   Missing You Fierce
  21.   Karen's Song
  22.   Yeah, So What?
  23.   The Prettiest Waitress in Memphis
  24.   You Make Me
  25.   Sweet Janine
  26.   Snowman
  27.   Love Song 7
  28.   Lil Heartbreaker
  29.   Love Song 11 (Secretly Enamoured)
  30.   The Only You
  31.   The Freefall
  32.   All I Got and Gone
  33.   Tall Green Grass
  34.   Come On, Shadow
  35.   Darken My Door
  36.   Hell-Bent and Heart-First
  37.   All These Little Cowboys
  38.   Jericho
  39.   Hold Me Down

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