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Playing Since: 1968
Interests:
[Teaching] [Jamming] [Socializing] [Helping]

Gender: Male
Age: 64

My Instruments:
Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Violin, Viola, Piano, Banjo, Percussion

Favorite Bands/Musicians:
Strength in Numbers, Mark O'Connor, Sam Bush, Flecktones, Yo Yo Ma, Andreas Vollenweider, Frank Zappa, Enya (she's my cousin), Vassar Clements, Rachel Eddy, Keith McManus, Half-Time String Band, The Chicken Strippers, Kelly Rorick and many, many more!

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Created 12/2/2009
Last Visit 11/5/2010

Richard Brannon is a singer/songwriter/instrumentalist from the mountains of Appalachia. After having played guitar/piano/percussion in bands all of his life, he decided in 1989 to become a singer/songwriter. Thanks to his talent for writing melodic, rythymic songs that connect with audiences with the very first listen, his songs have been recieving a lot of accolades with the public. A songwriter of instinct, Richard has a flair for writing catchy tunes that leave the listener moved by the raw emotion in them. Although his roots are firmly placed in old time, bluegrass, and Celtic music, he draws inspiration from many different lyrical and musical influences. "My style is eclectic..I can write a Celtic rock ballad today, and the next a violin concerto will come out of me, and I'll be wondering..where did that come from?". It is that versality that has landed his album "Outta the Hills" (recorded with his band Appalachain Spitfire) on top of the Canadian Mist Top 10 album chart in 1996, and that had made publishers interested in him. Music is not a new passion for Richard however: after studying the trumpet for many years, Richard started writing song at the tender age of 12: "I used keyboards and everything that made a sound around the house to write on before I even picked up the guitar!", he says jokingly. But it wasn't until joining the newgrass band Acoustic Observer, as guitarist and singer, that he decided to make music his life dream. For the next several years however, life took him through many travels around the US, from Florida to Arizona, the U.S., Canada and beyond, places where he studied and held different jobs. Music, truth be told, was never far from his mind. "I always knew it was a matter of time until I started to write songs again, cause in every city and town I went, my first stop was always the music store/local pubs, where I discovered new types of music. All those different genres have influenced the songwriter I am today." Moreover, travelling has made him aware of different cultures and types of music that have influenced his life and music. Now after semi-retiring, Richard has been touring the country sharing his time between enjoying nature and spending plenty of time in the studio and on the road where he writes and produces material he hopes to place on his upcoming CD in the near future. Based on the reception of his latest compositions, the future looks promising!

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