Rodney Branigan
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"The New Face of Hofner Guitars"

Rodney Branigan has wholly redefined what it is to be a world class performer in
the 21st Century. He has done this by creating his own genre. His new partnership with the legendary Hofner Guitars, has all but re-invented the guitar as the appropriate and popular instrument of pure expression and infinite possibilities. But it doesn’t stop there, he is also involved in the technical design and testing of both guitars and amplification… development of new recording techniques… The talent of this man knows no bounds….
- The Rev. Two Sheds Blog


"An Axis Bold as Love"

“ Like a well-seasoned pianist, Branigan attacks his instrument with the fervor of a
god…”

“…akin to what Hendrix was doing on the guitar. Together with drummer Mitch
Mitchell, Redding built the harmonic ladder on which Hendrix reached — and grasped —
the music native to the stars.
I was reminded of that, harmonic and melodic boldness, when I wandered into
Barney's… to catch Rodney Branigan”

“Mid-performance, in a move that takes only a split second, he goes from the
standing position, back to a seated position, continuing to play both guitars
masterfully during the transition.”

“[Rodney Branigan]… holds in one palm the world of harmony and melody and also that
too-rarely-thought-of but all-important world of rhythm and chance…”

“Whereas some allow would-be great moments to go unnoticed, to drift like
just-passing rock icons into the ether, Branigan seizes each moment, takes each note
by the throat and, after a good and gentle thrashing, lays it to rest.”

By Jedd Beaudoin - F5 Magazine Wichita


"Excerpt from Billysheehan.com"

Question: Name some musicians that really should be getting more attention......'Rodney Branigan – plays two guitars at once, but it's not as a gimmick. He really plays them….Very unique…” - Billy Sheehan


Discography

1998 Live at OHMS (Simpled Out) Little Wooden Boy Music
1999 Faith and Wealth, Water and Wine, Little Wooden Boy Music
2001 Broken Guitars, Little Wooden Boy Music
2002 Full Contact Folk Music (DVD) Little Wooden Boy Music
2004 Live Across America, Little Wooden Boy Music
2006 The Ambidextrous Duet (DVD) Little Wooden Boy Music

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Material: This artist calls his music ”progressive folk fusion,” but that doesn’t do it justice. Clearly, he’s invented a new genre –– one that blends rock, folk, flamenco, madrigal, classical, bluegrass and jazz –– and, it all works. Most songs are driving, thumping monsters. Branigan plays music so compelling that you have to listen to it. It stuns the audience and hushes the room –– even in a bustling L.A. club.

Musicianship: Watching Branigan play is a mind-boggling experience. You look for the hard drive, because no musician could do what he’s doing. When no assistance is apparent, you wonder if he’s possessed. Playing three instruments at once –– two guitars (a 12-string and 6-string) and a tambourine –– his musical facility is so awe-inspiring that he kicks the “novelty” tag right to the curb. This is a real musician with extraordinary talent.

Performance: Branigan started the show with one guitar across his knee, another resting vertically against his other leg, and a tambourine under his foot. He not only played these instruments at the same time, Branigan also used the guitar bodies for percussion. His sounds attracted people passing by the club, who probably entered expecting to see a full band. Every single one of them was frozen in disbelief. Jaws dropped as patrons hushed newcomers who were asking, “Who is this guy?” No one wanted to miss a moment.

Summary: Rodney Branigan is one of the most amazing artists you will ever see. Not simply because he’s unique, but rather because he’s impossibly talented. Whether this artist made a deal at the Crossroads, or has preternatural abilities is unknown.

By Bernard Baur, Music Connection Magazine June 2005

Rodney has performed at a variety of venues and festivals. The venue list includes such high profile venues such as:
The Hard Rock Cafe- Beverly Hills, CA: Salt Lake City, UT
The Viper Room- West Hollywood, CA
The Whiskey A Go-GO- West Hollywood, CA
Glastonbury Festival of Performing Arts- Somerset, UK
The Troubadour- London, UK
The Borderline- London, UK
Gruene Hall- New Braunfels, TX, USA
Austin Music Hall- Austin, TX, USA

Rodney has lectured and performed as a clinician for Universities and Conferences such as:
The University of New Mexico- Albuquerque, NM, USA
Tian Jian Normal University- Tian Jian, China
Lampeter University- Lampeter, Wales, UK
Tian Jian Conservatory of Music, Tian Jian, China
Cathay Futures Children's School- Tian Jian, China
The MIDI Music School- Beijing, China
The Music Messe- Frankfurt, Germany
University of Nevada Reno- Reno, NV, USA
University of Virginia- Richmond, VA, USA
NAMM- Anaheim, CA, USA