Brandon Reynolds

Brandon Reynolds

BandAmericanaSinger/Songwriter

Acoustic folk-rock artist with an emphasis on songwriting and live performances; this music is original and diverse. About to release the first of many fully produced album's.

Biography

Minneapolis. Greenwich Village. Northern California. Austin. Miami, Florida? Not usually considered to be a breeding ground of Americana and Folk-Rock musicians, Miami never-the-less produced one in Brandon Reynolds. Growing up in that multicultural and musically varied environment helped form Brandon’s diverse and poetic songwriting style. That, and his musical influences, who range from Johnny Cash, Bruce Springsteen, and Bob Dylan, to Tom Waits, Cat Power, and Leadbelly.

Brandon Reynolds started performing in early 2002, while attending the University of Central Florida, in Orlando, Florida. Playing live as both a solo-artist, and as part of numerous full bands, Brandon worked his way through the Florida and Georgia bars, coffeehouses, and music festivals that make up the vibrant and burgeoning South East U.S. music scene. It was during this time that Brandon’s musical identity emerged:

“I started out writing and performing these haunting, introspective songs, which were an extension of my poetry writing throughout adolescence, and my studying of Psychology at college. Those songs were subtle, and lyrically driven; often quite difficult to emote to a large, raucous, college bar. I began tinkering with more up-tempo songs, and including the harmonica in my songs. This coincided with a period of my life where I really got into old acoustic blues guys, like Robert Johnson and Leadbelly. This led directly to the type of music I play now. Folk-Rock with a dash of Roots Blues.”

Brandon moved to Southern California in early 2006, and quickly immersed himself in Los Angeles’s underground singer/songwriter scene. Brandon met producer Rob Seals, (Dave Potts, Stephen Jackson, Jon Rajewski, Clare Holley), and subsequently recorded a three song acoustic demo. That led to an increase in higher profile LA music venues, (The Viper Room, Tangier, Room5 Lounge, BB King’s Los Angeles), and to a tour of the southeastern U.S. During that tour in late 2006, Brandon was awarded the 2006 Lyricist of the Year by the SSA for his work.

Brandon Reynolds is currently working on his first fully produced album, (due out in early 2007), with producer Michael Starr. He will be touring nationally in Spring 2007.

Lyrics

New York

Written By: Brandon Reynolds

New York (3:52)

Another summer of discontent,
Are we foes, are we friends,
I believe we’ll try until we reach,
Until we reach New York

Last night I believe that we both died,
traded places all inside,
and found the foe of fate,
time, time, time

You go west, and I’ll go east,
Following footsteps of release,
I never thought I’d be happy to see you leave,
but I’ll see you in New York.

A blind guide in the ever long night,
another New Year’s passes by,
Auld Lang Syne, and I’m crying,
though I’ll see you in New York

You go west, and I’ll go east,
Following footsteps of release,
I never thought I’d be happy to see you leave,
but I’ll see you in New York.

Tossing, turning, you bury your mind,
Bury it all in time

Words sting, sharp needles fly,
Impressed by your mechanical side,
but I know the battle inside,
so I’ll see you in New York,

You go west, and I’ll go east,
Following footsteps of release,
I never thought I’d be happy to see you leave,
but I’ll see you in New York.

Bringing It All Back Home

Written By: Brandon Reynolds

And I sent my reflection on a train ride home,
I sense evil, every time I fall
I sense evil, every time I fall
Ghostly whisper, of a recited poem

And the landscape, it waves as we pass by
6:30 twilight, yesterday’s sky
6:30 twilight, yesterday’s sky
Ghostly whisper, of a recited poem
Bringing it all back home.

And the drumsticks, they tap on an escalating beat
floundering forms, freefalling to me,
freefalling to me, freefalling to me,
ghostly whisper, of a recited poem

Oh and I’m dreaming of the sea, an impossibility,
I am dreaming of the sea, an impossibility
Ghostly whisper, of a recited poem
Bringing it all back home.

And I sent my reflection on a train ride home,
I sense evil, every time I fall
I sense evil, every time I fall
Ghostly whisper, of a recited poem
Bringing it all back home.

Cold Winter Day

Written By: Brandon Reynolds

Now that you’re here,
Now that you’ll stay,
Feeling outside,
Feeling today,
You ask me to leave,
Leave you alone,
Alone with your thoughts,
Alone with stone,
Cold winter day

The memory’s remains,
Look back tonight,
I see you shivering,
By another light,
I try not to look,
I play with my phone,
You look so small,
By your mother’s tomb,
Cold winter day, cold winter day, cold winter day

The wind howl’s strong,
A north Philly gray,
Rain and tears fall,
Fall off your face,
A cat passes by,
Taken for a sign,
He’s dressed in black,
Black and white, black and white,
Cold winter day, cold winter day, cold winter day

Believe what you want,
Believe in time,
I found warmth,
on that cold winter day.

Discography

"Brandon Reynolds" - Acoustic Demo 2006

Set List

Typical (ideal) set list is about 45 minutes - 1 hour in length. Can go longer. Mostly originals with a few obscure covers sprinkled in.