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The best kept secret in music


"Rick Brantley Rocks Nashville"

My September started off with a pleasant surprise, becoming fanatical about a new Southern Folk Rocker named Rick Brantley. He opened for Bang Bang Bang at Exit/In on Friday night.

I'd heard nothing but good things about this 21 year old Macon, GA boy and wanted to check it out for myself so I grabbed my girlfriend and a couple of writer buddies and headed down to check him out. I got there just in time to miss the opening opener Wax Sang and thanks to my incredibly high Nashville status (or the fact that his Publicist is one of my good friends) I was able to waltz right in without paying a cover. Note to bands: free tickets make writers feel good.

Once Brantley took the stage I was instantly smitten with him. He was dressed like a left over hippie country singer turned rocker with a haircut that I'm going out to get tomorrow. He was the best looking guy on the stage. Once I got past the "Johnny Depp" or as I shall now call it the "Rick Brantley" do I began to settle into the music and really feel it. Not only did he live up to everything I'd heard about him but he blew me and my music critic buddies away, which definitely says something.

He filled the room with a rusty, harsh yet perfectly pitched voice that made people stop talking and actually pay attention to the thought provoking lyrics. Aside from singing with a voice akin to Bob Dylan, Brantley also wailed on a piano giving me goose bumps up and down my spine. My friends and I are songwriter guys and for a kid that young to get out there and write the type of songs he has will surely cement him as a classic presence in the rock world. It is my professional opinion that this kid is the best major-label unsigned act out there.

Listening to Brantley sing made me want run off and get involved in a peace protest and go try and convert gang members into saints. I'm going to keep my eye on Brantley and I urge you to do the same. If you attend his next Nashville concert (TBD) you can look for me, the tall lanky fellow rushing the stage with a lighter and rose. Until then... - TENNESSEAN:


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Rick Brantley

If you’ve been wondering if rock ‘n roll has truly been put to death by today’s fabricated, widget-like pop stars “popping” out of the woodworks, rest assured that you will find the phoenix not only rising out of but bursting forth from Rick Brantley.

Brantley, barely 21, writes, plays, and sings his Southern angst filled rock n’ roll with the heart, soul and body of a young Bruce Springsteen or Kris Kristofferson. Brantley’s songs address the same timeless issues that his protégés addressed in the 60’s and 70’s: the confusion and longing inherent in lovelorn youth, political and racial injustice, and a search for meaning in a world that offers harsh judgments but few solutions. “The issues are the same today as they were when Lennon, Dylan, and Robbie Robertson (a few of his influences) were writing about them,” Rick says, “and we are still divided over them.”

In keeping with the true rock concert tradition of his heroes, a Rick Brantley performance is packed to the max with action. One moment Rick’s fingers are hammering across the keyboards as he’s belting out lyrics with a Bob Seger like frenzy, and his full band is pounding down the house to keep up with him. Next, Rick is center stage going at it with an electric ax, and the next moment he’s back at the keys, under spotlight, crooning out a ballad that will break your heart. His audience is always riveted.

Rick Brantley’s music is meaningful and his performances are full of passion and integrity. After a long, long wait, rock n’ roll has found the real deal again.