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

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