We’ve had our eye on Cory Branan for just about as long as he’s been honing his air-tight, clever version of the perfect storysong. For those who don’t know him, though, Branan is the owner of two well-crafted, kinetically charged albums—2002’s The Hell You Say and 2006’s 12 Songs—on Madjack Records. From the two releases came standouts (“The Prettiest Waitress in Memphis,” “A Girl Named Go,” “Tall Green Grass,” and many others) that we’ve listened to in embarrassing amounts, and then probably annoyed our friends with to boot. He has garnered praise from Rolling Stone, GQ, Billboard, and performed on Late Night with David Letterman.
Cory has a well-documented history with groups like former label mates Lucero, musicians of his ilk who trend toward the rawer end of roots music (The Loved Ones’ Dave Hause, Chuck Ragan, Two Cow Garage, Drag the River’s Jon Snodgrass), and rock stars like Chris Carrabba (Dashboard Confessional), who has covered Cory’s gorgeous “Tall Green Grass” and been a reoccurring tour mate.
What’s the first gig you ever attended?
The first I ever attended (was luckily dragged kicking n screaming to) was a guitar clinic by the guitarist for the CARS (that count?)(it should). The first I ever bought the tickets for and attended stoked was The Cult circa sonic temple.
What is the best gig that you ever played/performed?
Rambling jack Elliot (who was my second best opening gig) got sick and I got to fill in last minute for him at a sun records tribute. Bastardized a Johnny cash song. Two things made it the best- 1. My momma attended (she dont get out much) and 2. The finale jam with Jim Dickinson on piano with Elvis’ guys (scotty and D.J.). Feels awesome even typing it.
What is the best gig you have ever seen?
Prince after show on Beale with Rufus Thomas walking the dog encore. Hands down.
What is the gig you would most like to play?
Yo gabba gabba
What would be the lineup for your dream gig?
Obviously Elvis’ rhythm section backing Rufus fronting the Cult. With John Prine as bouncer.
Catch Cory Branan Saturday, June 16th at The Earl