Throughout his career, Cory Branan has been too punk for country, too country for punk, too Memphis for Nashville, and probably a little too Cory Branan for anyone's damn good. He has proven himself as a top-notch songwriter (Chuck Ragan recently called him "the greatest songwriter of our generation"), fierce lyricist (in Lucero's "Tears Don't Matter Much" they sing that Cory has, "a way with words that'll bring you to your knees"), and a hyperdynamic performer with the ability to fingerpick finer than '60s Greenwich Village folkies and brutally strum like a proto punk shredder. Across three albums, he's made collective struggles poetic and breakthroughs into sympathetic acts of populist heroism.
Cory Branan is a natural-born storyteller, his seemingly conversational, painstakingly crafted anecdotes benefitting from a hard-eyed stare at hydra-headed life experiences. Not unlike his musical and literary pedestal sitters, from John Prine and Leonard Cohen to Raymond Carver and Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Cory's gift for detail and phrase-turning is a thing of wonder.
Cory has a well-documented history with groups like former label mates Lucero, musicians of his ilk who trend toward the rawer end of roots music (The Loved Ones' Dave Hause, Chuck Ragan, The Hold Steady, The Gaslight Anthem, Two Cow Garage, Drag the River's Jon Snodgrass), and rock stars like Chris Carrabba (Dashboard Confessional), who has covered Cory's gorgeous "Tall Green Grass" and been a reoccurring tour mate.
Never one to shy away from an itinerary of non-stop cross-country shows, Cory possesses a unique performance style that enables him to gravelly sing a coy double entendre in one ear of the audience, while yelling the most beautiful love song into the other.
Daphne Lee Martin
Daphne started playing music in a family band when she was a kid.
She went sailing on tall ships teaching Pete Seeger's Clearwater program in her early 20s.
She owns an indie vinyl record shop and record label called the Telegraph in New London, CT.
“Daphne Lee Martin is the voice of futuristic folk-rock/alternative-roots music... exploring the outer reaches of nostalgic melody... ” ~ Jim Apice, No Depression
“Martin’s style is Highly unique, giving new tinges and interpretations to every song....” ~ Bill Bodkin, Pop-Break
“Crooner Daphne Lee Martin is, in every sense of the word, true to her craft.” ~ Pen’s Eye View
"Lemme tell you it's a badly behaved set of tracks. It's a liquored up weekend whose hangover lasts well into the work week." -Anthony Fantano, The Needle Drop
"With her strong writing style and sultry vocal delivery, Martin has you in the palm of her hand from track one." - Troy Michael, Innocent Words
Throughout the past 15 + years, Christian Marrone has proven to be a dynamic songwriter and performer. Whether fronting a band or playing solo, his soulful and gravelly voice commands attention, as his hard-hitting lyrics might make you laugh, cry, or take you by surprise. He is currently in the studio putting the finishing touches on his upcoming album "Don't Sell Me Your Hate" to be released early in 2017, along with a music video by a veteran filmmaker. Mixing Rock, Folk, Punk, and Alt-Country, there's a little something for everyone to grab on to. In the past, Christian has performed with notable artists such as Jonny Two-Bags (Social Distortion), Grant Hart (Husker Du), Jesse Malin, Local H, and Murphy's Law. For fans of: Paul Westerberg, Chuck Ragan, Frank Turner, and Laura Jane Grace