After eleven albums, you just might know the name Brandon Jenkins. Even if you don’t know his name, you might know some of the folks he’s written or co-written hits for…Stoney Larue, Bleu Edmondson and Cross Canadian Ragweed.
While some folks consider Red Dirt to be a specific style of music and Oklahoma and Texas to have different sounds (Bob Childers vs Waylon and Willie) others feel that’s not the most important part.
I’ve always thought Red Dirt was less about a sound, and more about a brotherhood of musicians with a common goal; not only to make music, but music with a message. Bob Childers, Jimmy LaFave, Tom Skinner, The Great Divide and so many others have helped to shape and form this rapidly growing genre, bringing in the convictions of Woody Guthrie, and the swank and swagger of the Outlaw Country and Southern Rock movements.
Jenkins has come up with an interesting way to release his last disc, using a September 11th theme for lack of a better word. Singles off the album are being released the eleventh of each month through September, 2012. Then, on the eleventh anniversary, the final single and entire album will be available.
He also appeared in a documentary I’ve never seen, but would like to: North of Austin/West of Nashville: Red Dirt Music. Wonder if I can talk the librarian into ordering it?
In the meantime, his single Heaven Sent from Under The Sun features that distinctive voice of his. The tune is pretty catchy, despite the fact that I despise the title. Is it just that I haven’t met anyone “heaven sent” myself in quite a while?
I enjoy the way he sings the words more than the actual lyrics themselves. Writing them down, they seem a little worn, but listened to, I believe them. When he sings, “You’re the best thing in my life, baby,” it really works and moves me. When I read the actual words, I think “could be better.” So, listen to this one as more of a going-somewhere-in-the-truck type song rather than in one of your sitting-back-on-the-couch-drinking-coffee-musing-important-thoughts-about-the-universe moments.
But that’s okay. I never liked those General Foods International Coffee moments anyway.
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