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 : 0              Total Reviews: 16

Brennen Leigh  05/09/2006            
Phil and Betty Storms
Saw Brennan and Seth at Camp Street Cafe in Crockett. They are great entertainers. Brennan has the perfect voice for my kind of music. Brother, Seth was a bonus. We didn't expect to find a great guitar player, too. Great entertainers.
Brennen Leigh  08/23/2004            
Joanna Wright
I have attended several concerts with the Brennan Leigh Band and loved the music. Although I went to watch Lonnie Key tearing up the banjo and guitar, switching back and forth, the band is awesome and the music took me back to the days of good ole' country music!
Brennen Leigh  05/10/2004            
Wonderful album! A great choice, for some real good country.
Brennen Leigh  05/04/2004            
Mac Scallorn
Excellent performance at Ross Old Austin Cafe on Friday night April 30th. Great audience connection and entertainer skills.
Brennen Leigh  04/21/2003            
Drew Simon
This CD reminds me of what i listened to when i was sixteen back in 1970 when George Jones and Tammy Wynette were still together.
Brennen Leigh  04/21/2003            
Benjamin Ham
I enjoye listening to just about every song on the cd.
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