Brennen Leigh
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Brennen Leigh

Austin, Texas, United States | INDIE

Austin, Texas, United States | INDIE
Band Country Bluegrass


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"Brennen Leigh, The Box"

If what passes for country music these days gives you a headache, Brennen Leigh has the remedy. The Box is traditional. No loud guitars or booming drums, just simple instrumentation, uncomplicated sentiments, and the local's honeyed vocals. The young singer-songwriter has an obvious affection for the Louvin Brothers. Contemporary artists like Patty Loveless and Jim Lauderdale make similar moves, mixing bluegrass and country with deep admiration. Lauderdale even sings harmony on the title track, about mementos people keep locked away either because they want to remember or, more likely, because they don't. Leigh has progressed tremendously since she moved to Austin from Minnesota as a 19-year-old. It's doubtful she could've written "Sleeping With the Devil" at a younger age or delivered it with such plaintive resolve. It's like that inside The Box, songs of wounded characters, hearts broken, and restlessness, all delivered with a touch that's distinctively warm and human.

Jim Caligiuri - Austin Chronicle


Before the World Was Made, 2013 (with Noel McKay)

The Box, 2010

Too Thin to Plow, 2004



Brennen Leigh is a songwriter, multi instrumentalist and singer whose to-the-point storytelling style has elevated her to newfound cult status in Europe, across the United States, South America and most notably in her native Austin, Texas. Only slightly less famous for her musicianship, it's easy to see why she's caught the ear of greats like legendary Lubbock fiddler Tommy Hancock (widely regarded as the godfather of West Texas music), who was quoted as saying of Leigh's work; "It's great to hear music that affects you on an intellectual level as well as makes you want to dance".

All musical and performing prowess aside, the thing Brennen has become most famous for is her whip-smart songwriting. Her songs have been recorded by the likes of Lee Ann Womack, Sunny Sweeney, and the Carper Family among others. She has collaborated with songwriting greats such as Jim Lauderdale, John Scott Sherrill and David Olney. Fans flock to hear her perform whatever new composition she has added to her already astounding catalogue of songs. When not on tour, Brennen Leigh splits her time between Austin, Texas and Nashville, Tennessee.

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