Cory Branan comes through town tonight to play the first of two nights at the White Eagle. And just who is Cory Branan anyway? Don't hold the name against him: He's not the missing teen-idol link between Haim and Feldman, but rather a rootsy singer/songwriter from Mississippi. He hangs out with Lucero. He gets covered by Dashboard Confessional (it happens to the best of us). As a kid, Branan listened to a bunch of John Prine and seemed at one point to be on the same steady path as Ryan Adams or Conor Oberst, according to a Rolling Stone writeup. Thankfully, he didn't follow in either of their footsteps. He released a stellar album called 12 Songs back in 2006, and has yet to follow it up with another full-length, to the best of my knowledge (a split EP with Drag the River's Jon Snodgrass notwithstanding). He's a friend to moose, to fans of real country, to whiskey drinkers everywhere. See him tonight, or tomorrow, or both. Here's one of the 12 excellent songs from 12 Songs.


Cory Branan - "Tall Green Grass"

w/Austin Lucas, Truckstop Darlin'; White Eagle Saloon, 836 N Russell, Wed July 7 & Thurs July 8, 8:30 pm, $6