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

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