Orlando, FL-based performer Bracher Brown is set to release his debut album, Broken Glass and Railroad Tracks, on May 7, 2013, via Rock Ridge Music. Brown’s poignantly poetic lyrics on relationships, personal growth, and small town living belie his teenage years. His blend of roots rock with sophisticatedly accessible hooks, teardrop guitar solos, and elegantly subtle musicality is staggeringly developed and mature for any debut, let alone a debut from someone not old enough to buy a beer.
Says Brown of the album: “I'm really looking forward to seeing how people react to this record. A lot of time was spent writing and recording these songs and they all have a lot of meaning to me, so it should be interesting to see how these songs affect other people. I set out to make a record that would essentially look back on the past 17 years of my life, where I grew up, and the people I grew up with.”
Says Rock Ridge Music CEO Tom Derr about Brown: “Bracher's songwriting has grown beyond his years since we began working together, and this album is the first step in his next stage.”
His sense of creative assuredness imbues Broken Glass and Railroad Tracks with congenial authenticity. The album was produced by acclaimed singer-songwriter Todd Carey in New York City. Brown wanted an organic production approach to the album, and Carey helped him achieve modern clarity with a vibrantly warm aesthetic.
Brown was devoted early on to his musical quest and his professional aspirations. Throughout middle school and high school, he balanced pursuing a professional music career with the constraints of being a full-time student. “During spring break, I wasn’t at the beach like everyone else, I was in the studio,” he says. Brown was weaned on classic artists from the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. “I gravitate towards a certain songwriting style that’s maybe more mature because of my taste for artists like Tom Petty and the Beatles. Had I grown up listening to pop, my music would have come out differently,” he suggests. Brown’s parents were his tastemakers—introducing him to such diverse and classic artists as Elton John, Jimi Hendrix, and The Outfield—and nurtured his creativity through supporting his journey from piano, to trumpet, to guitar, and then onto performing as a singer-songwriter.
In addition to touring nationally in 2012 with Todd Carey and Bushwalla, Brown has performed extensively in his hometown, Orlando, opening for Sister Hazel and Tony Lucca, hitting the stage at College Park Jazz Fest, and headlining shows at The Backroom.