artist calls his music ”progressive folk fusion,” but that doesn’t do it
justice. Clearly, he’s invented a new genre –– one that blends rock,
folk, flamenco, madrigal, classical, bluegrass and jazz –– and, it all
works. Most songs are driving, thumping monsters. Branigan plays music
so compelling that you have to listen to it. It stuns the audience and
hushes the room –– even in a bustling L.A. club.
by Pete Dadd
Watching Branigan play is a mind-boggling
experience. You look for the hard drive, because no musician could do
what he’s doing. When no assistance is apparent, you wonder if he’s
possessed. Playing three instruments at once –– two guitars (a 12-string
and 6-string) and a tambourine –– his musical facility is so
awe-inspiring that he kicks the “novelty” tag right to the curb. This is
a real musician with extraordinary talent.
Branigan started the show with one guitar across his knee, another
resting vertically against his other leg, and a tambourine under his
foot. He not only played these instruments at the same time, Branigan
also used the guitar bodies for percussion. His sounds attracted people
passing by the club, who probably entered expecting to see a full band.
Every single one of them was frozen in disbelief. Jaws dropped as
patrons hushed newcomers who were asking, “Who is this guy?” No one
wanted to miss a moment.
Rodney Branigan is one of the most amazing artists you will ever see.
Not simply because he’s unique, but rather because he’s impossibly
talented. Whether this artist made a deal at the Crossroads, or has
preternatural abilities is unknown.
"Rodney Branigan is one of the most amazing artists you will ever see.
Not simply because he's unique, but rather because he's impossibly
talented." - Bernard Baur, Music Connection Magazine
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