Brandon Rhyder

Brandon Rhyder
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Many people have come to know Brandon Rhyder’s name and music over the last few years. Regionally he’s definitely a staple of the Texas scene and has made the most of each opportunity he’s been given. Brandon Rhyder is different. When you hear the voice you know it’s unmistakably him. When he comes out with a new single you never know what you’re going to get. Brandon Rhyder loves to take you to the top and then jerk the rug out from under you and start the process all over again. Brandon Rhyder doesn’t write for a genre, but rather for the inspiration he receives. ‘I take pride in the songs that I write and want to be able to sing many of them for years to come. I still have a lot to learn and as life presents itself I’ll continue to strive to get better’, says Brandon. Brandon Rhyder is a mans man. He’s as real as they come. He’s sincere in his approach and delivery and hard headed to boot. He knows his business and expects as much and more out of himself as he does those who he calls ‘his team’. ‘we have worked very hard to get to where we are. Piece by piece we have assembled the best group in the business in my opinion. Sure, people come and they go, but life is constantly changing and this industry should be the poster child for that’ added Brandon. He has a small circle of close friends he depends on. He calls them his ‘keep it real’ friends. What you see is what you get and he remains humble through it all. Brandon said his wife helps keep him grounded. ‘(he laughs) sure, Kelli keeps my boots on the ground. If I ever get to feeling too good about myself she is certainly the one to grab me by the ear and remind me who I am… and I love her for that’. Brandon had a publishing deal with Harlan Howard Publishing that ended in March of 2009. He decided he wanted to make the year a year of avoiding trips to Nashville. Not so much to stay away as much as it was about staying closer to home. Brandon and Kelli have two beautiful children and he simply missed them. ‘I’d leave and when I got home they looked different, because they were. Lot’s of growing when they’re babies’ Brandon said. He also wanted to record a new project close to home and use his band. His band is tight and eclectic and energetic. Brandon says his band is never satisfied and that’s why they all work so well together. He also wanted to enlist the services of longtime friend and mentor Walt Wilkins. Walt worked with Brandon on Conviction and here they were again over four years later… could they make ‘magic’ again? Brandon will tell you up front that this new record is the best he has ever done. He will also tell you there was never any stress at all with respect to recording this album. To sum it all up, ‘you put this band, this producer, this engineer, and the passion of each song together… you have magic!’ mission accomplished! This record is not unlike any of Brandon’s previous recordings in the fact that it’s different. You learn, you grow, you change and then you start the process all over again Brandon likes to say. The cd starts off with ‘Rock Angel’. A song that says what women want to hear and has an edgy aggressiveness that you’ll stomp your feet to from beginning to end. Then just like that track number two takes over and you’re in the country telling your baby that times may be tough, but ‘you can count on me’. Definitely a country single. That’s followed by a song titled ‘You Burn Me’ which starts out on fire and builds and builds into this inferno of beats and backbeats. I promise you this will be a fan favorite! Track number four is called ‘Like It Was The Last Time’. A story of wanting to leave but never following through on the attempt. That’s followed by ‘Last Swan Song’ in which Brandon makes breaking up even sound fun. Then it’s back to his country roots with ‘It’s the Country That Saves Me’. An ode to his days in northeast Texas living what he calls ‘the all American childhood’. ‘Head Above Water’ is the title of the entire collection and thematically the centerpiece on display. ‘when I asked Walt to produce this cd he said on one condition… head above water has to be on this project’… and Brandon happily agreed. ‘Ultimate Deceiver’ follows with an honest and commanding performance on leaving a dysfunctional relationship with the understanding that he/she will still bear the burden of failure by pointed fingers via the other partner in the relationship. Notice how Brandon never specifies male or female. ‘I’ll Take You’ is about visiting home and striking up a chord with a girl he hasn’t seen in years and taking a trip down memory lane in the country. Track number ten is called ‘You Like Me Again’. Brandon wrote this song about his wife and noticing one night that, even though they had endured a rough spot, she obviously liked him again. This song is every relationship that has withstood the ups and downs and remained together. ‘Battery’ is about Brandon’s ‘keep it real’ friends that recharge his mojo and thus make him feel ready to conquer the world. Think Back Roads part II. The cd’s final listed track is called ‘Breathe’ and visits the butterflies and puppy sick love that often accompanies brand new found love. Twelve solid tracks with one hidden gem that you’ll find as unique as the rest of this collection of stories. In closing Brandon adds, ‘this record is not a book with twelve or thirteen chapters. This record is a collection of completely different books that ebb and flow to new highs and new lows. This is by far the best work I’ve ever done.’
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03/29/2011 - Brandon Rhyder finds inspiration in Don Williams' "Lord I Hope This Day is Good"  - Read More
09/28/2010 - Coming Home Leads To New Album, Success For Rhyder - Read More
09/02/2010 - Doing It His Way - Read More
05/19/2010 - Brandon Rhyder to play in Highland Village - Read More
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Average Rating : 0              Total Reviews: 140

Brandon Rhyder  06/29/2001            
Ann Baldree
Wonderful CD Brandon. We're really proud of what you have accomplished in such a little time. Cody brought me a CD from their visit with ya'll, and I listen to it all the time, I love it. Even though I can't figure out how to get it out of my radio since this is the first CD player I've ever had. God Bless you and you're always in our prayers.
Brandon Rhyder  06/27/2001            
I've listened to alot of Texas brand music over the years and it seems to always take a couple of listens before you really like it, it kind of has to grow on you. However, this Brandon Rhyder CD is not like that at all, first time through I really enjoyed it. WOW that's a first.
Brandon Rhyder  06/25/2001            
I just purchased this CD it is great. Brandon really puts feeling in his songs and the words show emotions that run deep, and with the band backing him, they can not go wrong. My favorite is "Walking On Quicksand" and "Have I Waited Too Long". I wish Brandon and his band the best of luck. I know they have what it takes, "dedication and talent".
Brandon Rhyder  06/20/2001            
James & Sue
Brandon writes great songs and can sing them as well.I like all the songs on his CD.If you haven't heard him you are missing out on a great country artist.
Brandon Rhyder  06/19/2001            
First things first, Nashville Sucks!!!!, Man, Texas just keeps kicking out these great artists, and Brandon Rhyder is one of them. I've seen Brandon live too and let me tell you, they rock. If you don't own this CD your backing up.
Brandon Rhyder  06/13/2001            
Wade Barfield
What a great CD. With this many outstanding songs its hard to pick a favorite, but I really like "The Highway" and "San Antone, Mexico". Brandon has an incredible voice and a great band to back him up.
Brandon Rhyder  06/12/2001            
A must buy for those of you who enjoy great Texas music. In my opinion this guy is here to stay. "Texas Country Made" and "Their Home" are songs that most of us have lived. This band will definitely be going places. Order the CD now you won't be sorry.
Brandon Rhyder  06/12/2001            
A must buy for those of you who enjoy great Texas music. In my opinion this guy is here to stay. "Texas Country Made" and "Their Home" are songs that most of us have lived. This band will definitely be going places. Order the CD now you won't be sorry.
Brandon Rhyder  06/08/2001            
Delores Del Toro
What a GREAT CD--You need this one. Brandon is a wonderful singer and an outstanding songwriter. If you haven't seen these guys--you've missed out. I LOVE Have I Waited Too Long and Quicksand--Buy this one--you won't be disappointed!!
Brandon Rhyder  06/07/2001            
The Brandon Rhyder CD is great. I really like Walking on Quicksand, San Antone,Mexico,and Texas Country Made. I've seen them live a few times and they have a very good live sound. Brandon has a great,pure voice with a very good backup band.
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