Cory Branan, Pretty Boy Thorson
629 Cedar Ave S.
Minneapolis, MN, 55454
This event is 18 and over
Tim Barry has been kicking around the musical underground for nearly 20 years, first as the front man for legendary Virginian punk heroes Avail, and more recently as a singer-songwriter with a penchant for constructing beautiful folk and country tunes. Dude's been particularly busy the past few years, gigging relentlessly, including yearly participation in The Revival Tour with fellow travelers Chuck Ragan (Hot Water Music), Ben Nichols (Lucero), and Tom Gabel (Against Me!), and generating a steady stream of recordings. Late last year, he released a split 7" EP with pal Frank Turner (co-released by Epitaph and Suburban Home), while 2010 will see the arrival of "28th & Stonewall", Barry's third full length recording, a masterful collection of heartsick dirges, wry commentary, and upbeat stomp-alongs. Suburban Home Records.
Honest, sometimes a little dark, and riddled with self-deprecating humor – traits that led themselves well to his songs. Songs that, like Cory, are original and unpredictable, prompting one music critic to note that "...he writes serious music without taking himself too seriously, without being afraid to smash a guitar, throw in a line about Miami Vice, or smack his audience in the head every once in awhile – figuratively, of course." "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 my self amused."
A young Branan 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 destruction and the lamentations of the women," Cory's influences change daily, but could typically include "Henry Miller, Tom Waits, Federico Garcia Lorca, my little brother, Dark Lord Satan, the girl from last Thursday..."
With immeasurable talent and the freedom to follow his muse, Cory Branan is poised for greatness. His gift as a song-writer and performer made him a staple of 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. Despite the success of The Hell You Say, it took four years for Cory to release 2006's 12 Songs. Although, as Blender magazine noted, "Branan banked the praise and laid low...12 Songs justifies the sabbatical." In a music review of the newer album for Playboy, famed music critic and author of It Came From Memphis, Robert Gordon, said it best when he said of Cory, "A new voice emerges to run with the greats."