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  11/13/2007            
I think that Brandon is one of the most gifted artist around,and one of his brightest gifts is being able to connect with the average people who by being average just so happen to be in greater numbers .His music may seem average,as was Hank Williams,Dillon,and so many more that have forever touched the souls,and hearts of us common folk.Brandon carries that tourch well.As a 54 year old musician who has played average music all my life,I'm proud to have a young man as tallented as Brandon making good heart felt songs that will be here for us a long,long time.There is more to music than scales ,riffs,and shreding.As B.B.King said it's not how many notes you play ,it's how you play the notes.
Brandon Rhyder  10/05/2007            
i love brandon rhyder and everything he comes out with is just amazing!! all of his cd's are wonderful!!!
Brandon Rhyder  08/30/2007            
i cant understand why anybody would like this....voice is different, but not in a good way. missed notes all over the place. very hard to listen to. musicians on the album are extremely average. this is album is extremely average just like brandon is.
Brandon Rhyder  08/29/2007            
new listener
I have heard the cd and I Loved it! Of course I like the song Freeze Frame Time better than all. That was the first song I ever heard of his from my sister who goes to college station. She had it burnt on a cd and I fell in love with it. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions but just remember while your posting bad comment and downgrading him and his work, ask yourself one question.... Have you fullfilled your dreams and been successful with them? Cause there is alot of pressure and hard work involved with it, and if you said no to my question then maybe you should consentrate more on yourself rather than someowe who went for it!!!
Brandon Rhyder  08/23/2007            
Well being a BR fan for a long time, this CD disapointant me a lot. Now I see why it took so long to come out. I gave it 2 stars just because I love this mans lyrics and the new songs that are studio tracked. BR does not sound sound like himself and the heart in the band is just not there anymore like it used to. I sugguest if you want to buy a BR CD, buy Conviction or even one of the other 2 that are studio recorded. Sorry if I upset some people but the truth needs to come out.
Brandon Rhyder  08/13/2007            
At first I thought this guy was just going to be another bland Texas act. He started off good but each song began to reveal much, much more. I mean to tell you, the only thing I can compare him to is a country Jim Croce. He is totally original, and we were just standing there dumbfounded. I havent heard someone as original and trailblazing as this guy since the VERY first time I saw Randy Rogers and that was before he started acting like a star and was ruined. This guy's songs draw you in and never let go. My girlfriend was almost in tears watching him and we were all driving back after the show and we couldn't believe what we had just witnessed. Unbelievable stuff.
Brandon Rhyder  08/06/2007            
Amazing songwriting taking place buddies and i hadn't heard much from brandon rhyder but found him soon enough and have enjoyed it every since
Brandon Rhyder  07/29/2007            
i don't have the cd, and am very disappointed that the best br song ever "questions" didn't make the cd.
Brandon Rhyder  07/27/2007            
B-Rhyde is the real deal... he chose to do his own thing, which happens to be a musician. So what if he used some profanity at a show... I've used profanity, and I'm willing to bet that you have too. I regret that your children had to hear it, but to be honest, they have probably heard worse watching a movie. Second, why bring them to a show if they are that young? I mean, there is probably going to be drinking and smoking at a concert, so why expose the kids to that? I wasn't at that show so I don't know exactly what was said, but I am sure that the kids heard worse from a random concertgoer/drunk person in the crowd. Keep on rocking Brandon, and we'll see you soon at Woody's Tavern.(<---Where I know you can curse all you want... as long as you play "Learning to Crawl")
Brandon Rhyder  07/23/2007            
Austin McCoy
hes bad ass. i seriously dont think his cds ever suck. ill be purshasing it very soon.
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