Montana Master Chefs
Bloodshot Records recording artist Cory Branan will headline Montana Master Chefs on Saturday night with his much-heralded brand of punk-influenced country. Branan is a natural-born storyteller, with his painstakingly crafted anecdotes benefitting from a hard-eyed stare at life experiences. Like influences John Prine and Leonard Cohen, Branan’s gift for detail and phrase turning is a thing of wonder. His songs reveal something new with every listen.
His latest release, The No Hit Wonder, was widely praised in the press and by his contemporaries, including songwriters Jason Isbell and Chuck Ragan and members of bands that Branan has toured with, such as the Gaslight Anthem and Lucero. He has a well-documented history with groups like Lucero, musicians of his ilk who trend toward the rawer end of roots music (The Hold Steady, The Gaslight Anthem, Two Cow Garage) and rock stars like Chris Carrabba (Dashboard Confessional), who has covered Branan’s gorgeous “Tall Green Grass” and has been a reoccurring tour mate.
Never one to shy away from an itinerary of nonstop cross-country shows, Branan possesses a unique performance style that enables him to gravelly sing a coy double entendre in one ear of the audience, while yelling the most beautiful love song into the other.
“There’s a new breed of singer-songwriter: Ryan Adams, Bright Eyes’ Conor Oberst and now Cory Branan.”