WELCOME TO THE OFFICIAL SITE OF JOHN BRANNEN
Singer Songwriter Storyteller Poet Rocker
Singer-songwriter John Brannen hails from the South and writes about the human condition from that perspective. John's use of visual words is haunting, daunting and precise. John has written or co-written songs that have been recorded by the Eagles, Tom Jones, Reba McEntire, Richie Havens, Johnny Rivers, Billy Ray Cyrus and Randall Bramblett, to name a few. John has been compared to Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp, Tom Petty and Jackson Browne. Nashville's legendary Hazel Smith of Hazel & Heller included John's music in the Outlaw Music genre, a term she herself coined referencing the music of "Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristopherson, Johnny Cash and other freedom thinking Nashville recording artists." Brannen has enjoyed success as the songwriter of "Somebody" which appeared on the Eagles album Long Road Out of Eden and was co-written with Brannen’s longtime collaborator and friend, Jack Tempchin.
It's been said that John Brannen is Pat Conroy with a guitar. For the uninitiated, Pat Conroy was a leading figure of late 20th century Southern literature and a celebrated South Carolina novelist. To listen to John Brannen's music is to know life.
2021 will see the release of John's newest album Bedlam Heights, featuring "Goddess of Democracy." Click on the video above to listen to Goddess, which is a stunning commentary on the current global political condition.