With a story to tell and a wave to catch - John Brannen is a singer, songwriter, surfer, and is true to his southern heritage in his release Twilight Tattoo.
John Brannen - Twilight Tattoo
John Brannen - Twilight Tattoo: Just Restless; Boom Baby Boom; Almost Love; A Cut So Deep; Heartbreak Ridge; Black Mountain Dandy; Goin' Fishin'; Jericho Road; Twilight Tattoo; Vagabond Saints; Rain; The Mountain
Personnel: John Brannen: vocals and acoustic guitar; Lucinda Williams: vocals on "A Cut So Deep'; Jack Holder: electric guitar; Duane Jarvis: bass guitar; David Smith: bass guitar; Tom Hambridge: drums, percussion; Giles Reaves: Hammond B-3, keyboards, percussion; Kevin (Wild Rice) Bowe: harmonica, guitar, loops; David Z: dujo
John Brannen - Twilight Tattoo was produced by David Z on the Sly Dog Records label. John Brannen shows an ability to capture life along the East Coast of the American Southern states, which is long in stories, deep in heritage, and ardent about music. With a family tree that goes back to a Southern heritage before the American Revolution, he has the ‘south' pulsating through his being and his songs. A singer, songwriter, surfer, and guitarist, John lives life on the edge, but like catching the perfect wave, he has shown the patience to wait out the ebbs and flows in pursuit of his career.
Starting off on the rock ‘n' roll circuit John had a few early releases that received rave reviews, he survived through 2 record company debacles until he released the single "Moonlight and Magnolias', and the label of record at that time promoted him as a country artist and moved him into the country music scene. Tired of the genre labeling, and with the default of a third record label, he landed with Sly Dog Records where he released The Good Thief (2004), and followed that up with Twilight Tattoo.
His songs tell stories of his journeys such as the lead track Just Restless, which is about his life as he has moved from surfing to singing to songwriting; there are the tracks Almost Love, and A Cut So Deep about some of the pain he has endured. Goin' Fishin' is a ballad that John sings in a deep raspy voice that talks of the challenges you encounter in life, and how sometimes you just need to hang out the sign "goin' fishin'" and move on. Jericho Road is about young love and the road less traveled, and the last track The Mountain speaks of his new home in the mountains of North Carolina and the euphoria he is feeling with his life and his career.
John Brennan is true to his roots and his southern heritage; he is a storyteller with that ability to convey his feelings through his songwriting, and leave his mark on the listener.
You can procure Twilight Tattoo at Sly Dog Records, Music Stack, CD Universe, Spun, Music MSN, and Amazon.
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