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Showing posts with label Cory Branan. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Cory Branan. Show all posts

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

MUTT, from Cory Branan out May 22 label debut on Bloodshot Records + newly announced US tour dates

Plus, the launch of the album’s first single – “Bad Man”

“Intense dynamics, deep humor, brave production and heavy songwriting: A new voice emerges to run with the greats.” – Playboy on Branan’s last album, 12 Songs

On May 22, Cory Branan releases his Bloodshot Records label debut with MUTT. The new album is Branan’s third full-length, following the critically acclaimed releases The Hell You Say and 12 Songs. The former Memphis, now Nashville-located singer-songwriter has received praise from the likes of Rolling Stone, GQ, Billboard, Playboy, American Songwriter, and has appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman. Branan just ended a month-long stretch of dates with Chuck Ragan’s Revival Tour, and is now announcing a headlining US tour with special guest Audra Mae to celebrate the release of his new album.

To commemorate the album and tour announcement, we are launching the first single from the album, a song entitled,
“Bad Man.”

Self-produced and recorded primarily in San Francisco at Closer Studios, MUTT was engineered and mixed by Tim Mooney (drummer/engineer for American Music Club), and boasts notable contributors like Ralph Carney (Tom Waits’ horn player), Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars), and Jon Snodgrass (Drag The River). Additional guests include phenomenal rising talents like Amanda Shires, Danny Malone and John Elliott.


MUTT Track Listing:

  1. The Corner
  2. Survivor Blues
  3. Bad Man (MP3)
  4. Darken My Door
  5. There There, Little Heartbreaker
  6. The Snowman
  7. Yesterday (Circa Summer 80 Somethin)
  8. Karen’s Song
  9. The Freefall
  10. Jericho
  11. Hold Me Down
  12. Lily
  13. Survivor Blues (The After Hours)



May 18 Montreal, QC, Canada Underworld (Pouzza Festival)*

May 19 Vankleek Hill, ON, Canada

Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company+

May 20 Toronto, ON, Canada Bovine Sex Club^

*w/ Chuck Ragan, Joey Cape, Jon Snodgrass

+w/ Jon Snodgrass

^w/ Joey Cape, Jon Snodgrass and Cory together, Dave Hause

(Following dates with special guest Audra Mae)

June 15 Nashville, TN The Basement

June 16 Atlanta, GA The Earl

June 17 Durham, NC Casbah-Durham

June 19 Baltimore, MD Golden West-Baltimore

June 20 Cambridge, MA T.T. the Bear’s

June 21 Philadelphia, PA Milkboy

June 22 New York, NY Mercury Lounge

June 23 Pittsburgh, PA Club Café

June 24 Toledo, OH Frankies

June 26 Chicago, IL Schubas Tavern

June 27 Omaha, NE The Sydney

June 28 Fort Collins, CO Surfside 7

June 29 Denver, CO Lions Lair

July 1 Boise, ID The Shredder

July 2 Seattle, WA Tractor Tavern

July 3 Portland, OR Dour Fir Lounge

July 5 San Francisco, CA Thee Parkside

July 7 Los Angeles, CA The Mint

July 8 Fullerton, CA Slidebar

July 10 San Diego, CA Casbah

July 11 Phoenix, AZ Rhythm Room

July 12 Roswell, NM Pecos Flavors Winery

July 14 Austin, TX The Mohawk (Inside Stage)

July 15 Houston, TX Rudyard’s

July 18 Fayetteville, AR George’s Majestic Lounge

July 19 Little Rock, AR White Water Tavern

July 20 Memphis, TN Hi Tone

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Monday, January 9, 2012

Bloodshot Records is extremely pleased to announce the signing of Mississippi-bred, Tennessee-based songwriter Cory Branan.

We’ve had our eye on Cory 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 (look at that baby face, here).

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.

And that touring element was just the icing on the cake for us. Never one to shy away from an itinerary of non-stop cross-country shows, Cory possesses a unique performance style that enables him to gravelly sing a coy double entendre in one ear of the audience, while yelling the most beautiful love song into the other. So after falling in love (!!!) with a demo of his new material, we jumped at the chance to add him to the fold. We’re excited to say that his label debut is on its way in Spring 2012 under the title Mutt.

Upcoming shows:

-Every Monday in January, residency at The Basement in Nashville (w/ special guests)

-February 3 – Little Rock, AR – White Water Tavern Anniversary show (w/ Ben Nichols of Lucero)