Cory Branan (from the album Adios)
As a lyricist, Cory Branan’s words are tough love on Adios, his recent release. His stories take bites out of their characters as he describes the dark corners that many eyes decide not to see. In western civilization, the nature of its citizens is to ignore the pain, to turn from the wreckage of the obvious towards the optimism of another sunrise. Cory Branan does not wallow in the drama, he simply does not put on blinders. Adios watches the ways of a racist cop in “Another Nightmare in America”, pokes a sharp stick into a past love for “Imogene”, and does not let Cory’s deceased dad off the hook while nodding to an understanding of his actions with “The Vow”.
Cory Branan presents Adios as a death record, dubbing the album (his fifth) a ‘loser’s survival guide’. To get across topics that could be uncomfortable, Cory Branan surrounds the words with music that sparkles (“Equinox”) and gently flows (“Don’t Go”), as Adios pumps out a garage rock beat (“Yeah, So What”), jangles on a rockabilly rhythm (“I Don’t Know”), and spins around the floor on a waltz (“My Father Was an Accordion Player”). Cory Branan headed to Tweed Studios in Oxford, Mississippi to record Adios as a three-piece, backing his vocals and guitars with James ‘Hagg” Haggerty on bass and Robbie Crowell (Deer Tick) on drums and percussion as well as keyboards and horns. Friends stopped by the studio and Adios hosts Amanda Shires on fiddle and vocals with guest vocals by Laura Jane Grace (Against Me!) and Dave Hause. Cory Branan combines the roles of the narrator as his emotion crawls into the skin of his characters as he sadly offers a refuge in “Cold Blue Moonlight”, basks in the “Chameleon Moon” with the nighthawks in a last call bar, and rambles on as the travel guide for “Walls, MS”.