As we’ve been telling you for weeks, standout local songwriter Cory Branan is set to host a very special evening of music tonight, Aug. 12 at The Basement East. The show will surely feature a healthy does of Branan’s excellent 2014 release No-Hit Wonder, and will showcase the artist’s ability to pogo between alt-country, indie rock, and punk. The 21+ show kicks off around 9 p.m., and $15 tickets are still available here. Head below for more about the show.
Born on the outskirts of Memphis, Cory Branan began playing at a young age in local metal bands, but began to honing his songwriting chops in his twenties, and we’ve watched them evolve over his nearly 15 year career. Even as an early Nashville songwriter, Branan’s sound veers through genres on each record, at times it’s a punk tinged rock vibe, sometimes a folky chuckler, and sometimes just a twangy heartstring tugger. It’s his lyrics that really seems to be the common denominator though, and he has garnered significant acclaim from the likes of Jason Isbell, Craig Finn, and countless others that he has toured and collaborated with. We were late to the Branan party, falling helplessly for The No-Hit Wonder, and then joyously celebrating his humble Ryman debut with him. We won’t miss the chance to catch him in the intimate confines of the Basement East, and, if you are a fan of Pavement, The Mountain Goats, The Hold Steady, or pretty much any other great songwriter, you shouldn’t miss the chance either.
Cory Branan will perform tonight, Aug. 12 at the Basement East. The show is 21+, begins at 9 p.m. (doors at 8 p.m.), and tickets are available to purchase for $10 advance or $15 at the door.