Cory Branan

Cory Branan


"There is a new breed of singer-songwriter - Ryan Adams, Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst and now Cory Branan." - Rolling Stone


Honest, sometimes a little dark, and riddled with self-deprecating humor – traits that lend themselves well to his songs. Songs that, like Cory, are original and unpredictable. “I never play a song the same way twice,” says Cory. “It’s the only way I’ve found for me to keep the music honest and immediate and, more importantly, to keep myself amused.”

Surrounded early on by musicians including his father, drummer Dallas Branan, Cory grew up in Southaven, Mississippi honing a love of music. A young Cory played Death Metal before moving on to a Black Sabbath cover band, but it wasn’t until someone handed him a John Prine album that things began to fall into place. Discovering songs with intelligence, humor and edge inspired Cory to strike out with his own unique songwriting style. Aside from “recreational self-destruction and the lamentations of the women,” Cory’s influences change daily, but could typically include “Henry Miller, Cole Porter, Mark Twain, my little brother, Dark Lord Satan, Strong Bad, the girl from last Thursday …”

Perhaps finding inspiration in the world around him, no matter where he may be, is his strongest asset and the easiest explanation for his reputation as a prolific songwriter. The truth in his lyrics married to the picking of his guitar has earned Cory much acclaim. The Memphis chapter of NARAS presented Cory with the Phillips award for Newcomer of the Year and a nomination for premier songwriter – all before he’d even released an album.

With boyish good looks, buckets of Southern charm and crackling wry humor Cory Branan is poised for greatness. But it’s his abundance of talent as a songwriter that made him a staple in the lauded Memphis music scene and brought him national recognition with the release of his debut album, The Hell You Say. A full-page feature in Rolling Stone’s Hot issue, a year’s-top-ten honor in Billboard magazine and an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman represent just a sample of the attention this breakthrough record garnered.

Expect to hear even more high praise for Cory with the upcoming release of his greatly anticipated second album, 12 songs, to be released in March 2006.


2006 12 songs
2003 There Is No Dana (vinyl 45)
2002 The Hell You Say

Set List

Sets of original work can vary from 30 min - 3 hrs. Preferred format is two 45-60 min. sets per show.