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Cory Branan

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Cory Branan Was “Newcomer of The Year” In 2000. Why Is He Our World Cafe: Next Now?

September 6, 2014 - Yes, we admit that our World Cafe: Next artist this week is not a completely new artist. In fact it was back in 2000 that the NARAS chapter in his hometown Memphis named him “Newcomer of The Year.” The fact that he is still not a household name may have something to do with his new album, his 4th, being titled The No-Hit Wonder. He lives in Nashville now but it was back in Memphis, where his first gig was in a Black Sabbath cover band, that his world changed when he discovered the music of John Prine. He subsequently began writing songs that featured detailed real-life characters you might find in Hold Steady songs. Those songs just keep getting better. Both Craig Finn, from The Hold Steady, and Jason Isbell help out on Cory’s new album. We'll play a couple of songs.

Session Setlist
You Make Me
The Only You

Recent Release: No-Hit Wonder
Release Date: August 19, 2014
Label: Bloodshot Records