Cory Branan, Bryan McPherson
4191 Manchester Avenue
St. Louis, MO, 63110
Doors 7:30 PM / Show 8:30 PM
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."
"Bryan McPherson was born and raised in Dorchester, MA, an Irish-Catholic neighborhood of Boston known for its tough demeanor and sometimes narrow world view. He grew up exploring music through Boston's punk rock scene, which often reflected the values fostered by his hometown. When it came time to pursue music of his own, however, Bryan found his own road to walk. While his friends bought second-hand half stacks, he got an acoustic guitar. Bryan's road brought him to folk music: the music of the people.
On Bryan McPherson's second album, he finds himself in California continuing the story that started in Boston. In American Boy American Girl, Bryan explores the dark underbelly of the American dream. From factories to farmlands, riots to prisons, mountains to dark city streets, Bryan explores this narrative and spits rage in the face of those who oppress, those who would have us be afraid, those who control for their own selfish means. He paints humanity as one group, with "no creed, no class, no nation." The songwriting reveals his punk rock foundation through a lens shaped by Dylan and Guthrie. American Boy American Girl displays Bryan's range and talent, and hints at a future of limitless potential."
- State Line Records