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Codetta South

Franklin, TN | Established. Jan 01, 2016 | SELF

Franklin, TN | SELF
Established on Jan, 2016
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"Codetta South"

Brennan White, known on stage as Codetta South, describes his debut album, "A Few Regrets," which he released independently on Nov. 11, as "a concept project meant to be enjoyed in one sitting from start to finish."

The Brandon-based alternative-country and folk singer-songwriter, who is currently attending the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, is a multi-instrumentalist with his primary instrument being the guitar. He left his original band, Chasing Edom, in mid-2015 due to creative differences, and it appears that he has used his sole creative control to craft something personal with "A Few Regrets."

The album is comprised of songs that White, 21, has been working on since he was 15 years old, as well as music he wrote in more recent years. He wrote, played, produced, mixed and recorded it himself, with the exception of an upright bass on three tracks, and his musicianship shines throughout the album. Tonal shifts and emotional depths show the developing maturity of a young man who has made some mistakes that he wishes he could undo, as the title suggests. The album tells an endearing tale of life, self-discovery and relationship regret over lush guitars with smooth vocals.

The upbeat opening tracks detail the highs of being in love being met with obstacles such as distance, trying to move on after a relationship has ended and the realization of real loss. The second song and first single from the album, "Pocket Watch," is an early standout and tells a story comparable to the life experiences of many young adults traversing the rocky road to success.

In contrast, the middle tracks provide a more introspective soundscape and deal with the thoughts of a person after a breakup, trying to find ways to simply make it through the day without thinking of times shared with someone who made a lasting impact on his or her life. The organ-laced "The Way We Always Are," easily the heaviest track on the album, is an interesting look at the turbulent bond between two people that lasts even after a great deal of time and pain.

The album is effective in drawing an emotional response out of its listeners. It is essentially the perfect soundtrack for someone that is trying to figure things out after a relationship has gone off the rails, which can be both the strength and the weakness of this project. It is a very well written, produced and performed piece of art, but it is built as a resource for the broken hearted. This isn't a major negative because it is a great work that will provide a lot of healing vibes for the soul.

Outside of its themes, White's first outing as Codetta South is a good example of his expansive skill set as both a musician and a songwriter. It is impressive that one individual created the album in its entirety, completing most of the work in a bedroom in Brandon, and he was able to deliver his artistic vision in such a clear manner.

Overall, "A Few Regrets" is an excellent project musically, lyrically and emotionally. The realistic descriptions of love and loss are admirable, and are sure to help lift up those that may be down in the dumps after a particularly rough patch in life.

Codetta South's "A Few Regrets," is available for purchase at Lakeland Music (5200 Highway 25, Flowood), T-Bones Records & Cafe (2101 Hardy St., Hattiesburg) or for download on most digital music retailers. For more information, visit brennanwhitemusic.com. - JacksonFreePress


Discography

Codetta South - A Few Regrets

1. Where You Are
2. Pocket Watch
3. Not Over Me
4. Greyhound
5. Annabelle
6. For the Record
7. The Way We Always Are
8. Through These Halls
9. A Few Regrets
10. Five More Seconds
11. Hand It To Ya
12. Someone to Sit Beside

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     Codetta South is the music of musician, songwriter, and producer Brennan White. Originally hailing from the Nashville-Franklin area of Tennessee, White's family moved to Mississippi when he was fourteen. White credits his love and passion for music to Mississippi, ironically, feeling as though if he had stayed in Tennessee, his love for music might have been squelched or discouraged with the competitive nature of the Nashville music scene. White started releasing music under the moniker Codetta South in 2016 with the independent release of his debut album, A Few Regrets. Jackson Free Press' Malcom Marrow had this to say of the album:

"White's first outing as Codetta South is a good example of his expansive skill set as both a musician and a songwriter. It is impressive that one individual created the album in its entirety, completing most of the work in a bedroom in Brandon, and he was able to deliver his artistic vision in such a clear manner." - JFP Morrow, Nov. 18, 2016.

     The album was, in fact, written, recorded, produced and mixed entirely by White himself, excluding three upright bass tracks played by Starkville native, Brent Varner. The album explores themes of love, loss, and how a few regrets can actually be a good thing. A Few Regrets pulled songs written from throughout White's life, the oldest being written at the age of 16, "Five More Seconds," a song written about having to let go of his first serious relationship due to his family's move to Mississippi.
     Not even a year after his first release, White already has preparation for a second album, including a whole new list of songs that are just as personal as the first record, but take a side-step outside of White's own personal experiences to tell the stories of other people.
     White's music is often compared to the styles of James Taylor, Dawes, Jackson Browne, John Mayer, Ben Gibbard, and Ben Folds. White's greatest influence however is the LA-based rock band, Dawes, who he even got to sit in with at a show of theirs in Oxford, MS at the The Lyric.
     Codetta South has had an extensive run in Mississippi, playing shows with great artists such as Ron Etheridge, Andrew Bryant, Jason Lee McKinney Band, Empty Atlas, Alex Fraser, Burt Byler & the Bearded Souls, Briar Lunar, Illiterate Light, and many more. With a promising career in music ahead, Codetta South's music has already gained a steady following for White's genuine lyricism and musicality.

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