Brennen Leigh

Brennen Leigh
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Born in Fargo, North Dakota, Leigh lived in Moorhead, Minnesota where she began performing with her brother Seth Hulbert. In 2002, she decided to give Austin a try. A dependable mandolin player with a clear, voice, Leigh won over such influential Texas country artists as Dale Watson, who asked her to join him on stage, and Jesse Dayton, who she met at a festival in France. They, in turn, introduced her to a broad range of country music fans and like-minded musicians.

2004 was a banner year for the then fledgling singer-songwriter. She began a Tuesday night residency at Austin’s Evangeline Cafe, one that continues to this day. She also released Too Thin To Plow, a satisfying display of her firm grasp on Americana that won her some opening dates with Ralph Stanley.

Holdin’ Our Own, a collection of duets with Dayton, followed in 2007. While drawing rave reviews for its gilded harmonies reminiscent of country royalty like George & Tammy, Johnny & June, and Conway & Loretta, it was notable for the fact that Leigh and Dayton co-wrote half of the album’s tunes. It was also during ‘07 that Leigh was honored to join personal hero Charlie Louvin’s band on mandolin.

Her many associations brought further recognition, which grew into time spent collaborating with noted Nashville songwriter John Scott Sherrill. Americana champion Jim Lauderdale was one of the special guests on The Box. The 2010 release also featured the talents of Sunny Sweeney who reciprocated, by including the song “Amy,” a co-write with Leigh, on her 2011 disc Concrete.

Leigh has most recently lent her mandolin and acoustic guitar talents to the Carper Family, an all woman trio and kindred spirits with a very traditional, yet inspired sound.

Leigh has expanded her audience to Europe, especially in Norway where she’s performed eight times since 2005. In the multifaceted Austin music scene, Brennen Leigh stands apart with talent that is distinctive and a sound that is uncommonly satisfying.

"Brennen brings that same fearlessness, that same willingness to do whatever needs to be done to get the song across, to her writing. At turns, tender, violent, sentimental, foolish and wise, she is always Brennen. Confident and at ease with herself, without being a jerk about it." 
-David Olney



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Average Rating : 4.9              Total Reviews: 16

Brennen Leigh  02/01/2011            
The Chris Wilson Band from oshawa
This is one very talented musician! I hope she makes it big!!! The Chris Wilson Band
Brennen Leigh  04/16/2008            
Possibly one of the best female country artists ever. If you like real country then you must buy this little lady's album.
Brennen Leigh  01/20/2008            
Logan Vega
I saw this young lady in concert last night and let me say she has a voice from heaven. With a old blue grass dust bowl sound mixed with smooth notes loaded lyrics.
Brennen Leigh  01/06/2008            
Well now, I'd sure like to get my hands on those 2002 and 2004 releases. Brennen: thanks for making the trip to New Haven a few months back; come again soon and bring "Slim" Hand with ya.
Brennen Leigh  06/02/2007            
Johan S.
This young lady can sing!
Brennen Leigh  02/21/2007            
Sunny Sweeney
Brenny's record is as country as a corn cob. If you don't buy it, I'll beat you up! Actually, buy it and if you don't like it, you can beat me up! She is a fantastic songwriter and singer.
Brennen Leigh  08/04/2006            
rev. del prescott
Dear Brennen; I am writing to ask you when you are going to release the words and cords to the songs on your cd lonesome Wild and Blue. Us backyard pickers who truly love your music would love to have the words and cords to those songs. I saw you when you used to play at thredgills in Austin, Tx. and I was amazed at your talent. If you actually get this e-mail my e-mail address is [email protected] thanking you in advance, your devoted fan, Revrend Del R Prescott P.S. I play mandolin too.
Brennen Leigh  08/01/2006            
Brennen's records are the epitome of that high and lonesome sound . . . sometimes sad, sometimes exuberant, always heartfelt and true. She's a musical talent of the first order.
Brennen Leigh  07/29/2006            
john and nina
Great! great! Great! we saw her several times in austin area-prettiest voice since Patsy Cline.
Brennen Leigh  06/08/2006            
Saw her perform last night at the State Line here in El Paso, real, passionate country, and an amazing voice talent, especially on her blues voice.
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