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Editors’ Notes

Cory Branan has the kind of talent that’s made him all the rage among his fellow musicians, who’ve shown up in full force in order to get closer to the music. Whether it’s Jason Isbell, The Hold Steady’s Craig Finn, Caitlin Rose, or Austin Lucas providing backing vocals, it’s all in service of the fine songs that Missouri native Branan writes as naturally as breathing. His fourth album, No-Hit Wonder, features the sounds of a country-influenced musician who goes back decades to find the real C&W sounds. A tune like “All the Rivers in Colorado,” for example, sounds like a hit from the ‘70s that you can’t quite place. “You Make Me” kicks off as a tight country-rocker that’s apparently learned a thing or two from The Rolling Stones. The title track tells the tale of yet another musician who’s stuck in Lodi again, but the energy turns the tale into a bittersweet celebration, with Craig Finn and Steve Selvidge of The Hold Steady joining the final choruses for maximum impact. 

Customer Reviews

Fantastic Album

I have all of Cory Branan's albums, and each one is it's own entity. This one is no different. It does have a stand apart sound and feel versus his prior albums. Not in a bad way. It's a lot more grown up. Being from Texas, I would say that he could fit in well with the Texas Country scene. But, his songs are better written than most any country act out there. I hope this record gets him more recognition. He definitely deserves it. And, after listening to this album...I'll lose all faith in humanity if he doesn't. Keep it up, Branan!

Instant classic!

"The No-Hit Wonder” is another brilliant album from a songwriter that somehow continues to top previous efforts. The production on the album is top notch and the full band arrangements fit the songs like a glove.

Repeat, repeat, repeat

I’ve been a fan of Cory Branan’s music and lethal ability to go from sentimental to sarcastic and back again without missing a beat. I’d been waiting for months since The No-Hit Wonder was announced and it does not disappoint, I can’t stop playing it. Although the album definitely offers a more polished and classic country sound than some of his earlier work, it’s something every Cory fan will love and every music lover should. There’s something for everyone and not because it’s mediocre, but because great writing cuts through all genres and rings true no matter what type of music you normally gravitate towards. Hope this album brings the big break Cory Branan so deserves (but I hope it doesn’t mean the end to the raucous, intimate shows I’ve come to know and love).


Born: 1975 in Southaven, MS

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '00s

Cory Branan joined the ranks of Ryan Adams, Pete Yorn, and Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst at the dawning of the new millennium as one of the many impressive singer/songwriters to watch. Born and raised in Southaven, MS, Branan was surrounded by music from an early age. His father, Dallas Branan, was a local drummer. By his teens, the younger Branan was playing death metal and eventually fronted a Black Sabbath cover band. It wasn't until he was in his early twenties that he explored the music of John...
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