Genre: Folk, Rock, Blues, Jam, Reggae, Country
When the crisis comes, when the world falls down, when your heart sinks and you feel like you've got nowhere else to go, Branden Mann reminds you that you're not alone. Mann writes music as a form of therapy for himself. He believes that everyone has similar experiences, and that those who hear his music can find parallels to their own lives in the words that he sings. His unresolved interpersonal conflicts, questions about life and existence, and romantic and relational desires are laid bare in his songs. This honesty and openness is inspired by his study of religion, philosophy, communication, and relationships, and creates an instant camaraderie with those who hear his music.
Stylistically Mann has been influenced by artists ranging from Dolly Parton to Incubus, from the Beach Boys to A Tribe Called Quest, resulting in a sound that is simultaneously familiar and unique to a diverse audience. Mann often performs as a solo artist with his worn acoustic guitar that has become a sort of trademark for himself, and he also performs with his band Branden Mann and The Reprimand.
The core members of BM&TR are Branden Mann (Vocals, Guitar) Tommy Ufkes (Drums, Guitar), and Jeff Weller (Bass). Formed in 2007 with a slightly different lineup, the band can be anything from a 2-piece (Mann/Ufkes) to a 6-piece powerhouse complete with lead guitar, keyboards, saxophone, and any other instruments Mann's musical friends decide to use to make their contribution. As a band, BM&TR have been compared to Ben Harper and The Innocent Criminals, The Black Keys, Wilco, Traffic, Dave Matthews Band and CCR, but the majority of listeners say that the diversity of the band's sound makes them a one-of-a-kind act.
Branden Mann - Vocals, Guitar
Tommy Ufkes - Drums
Jeff Weller - Upright Bass, Bass
Jason Walker - Banjo
Additional Band Members:
Tim Ufkes - Keys
Ben Kim - Electric Guitar
Jeff Fernandez - Percussion
Bobby Glasser - Trumpet
Location: Kalamazoo, MI
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