Brennen Leigh is a songwriter, guitar player, mandolin player and singer whose to-the-point storytelling style has elevated her to cult status in Europe, Scandinavia, across the United States, South America and most notably in her home of Austin, Texas. It’s easy to see why she’s caught the ear of greats like legendary Lubbock fiddler Tommy Hancock (widely regarded as the godfather of West Texas music), who was quoted as saying of Leigh’s work; “It’s great to hear music that affects you on an intellectual level as well as makes you want to dance”.
All musical and performing prowess aside, the thing Brennen has become most famous for is her whip-smart songwriting. Her songs have been recorded by the likes of Sunny Sweeney, Austin’s the Carper Family, Norway’s Liv Marit Wedvik, and American country legend, Grammy winner Lee Ann Womack. She has collaborated with songwriting greats such as Jim Lauderdale, John Scott Sherrill and David Olney. Fans flock to hear her perform whatever new composition she has added to her eclectic and substantial catalogue of songs.
Brennen is a founding member of Austin string band High Plains Jamboree, along with her frequent writing and touring partner, guitarist Noel McKay, bass player Simon Flory, and her long time friend, fiddler Beth Chrisman. Brennen is also a member of Nashville group Antique Persuasion, along with Jenee Fleenor (fiddler, harmony singer and guitarist for Blake Shelton, Martina McBride and Larry Cordle) and Brandon Rickman (singer, mandolin player and guitarist in bluegrass’ popular Lonesome River Band), who released their debut album on Voxhall Records, Don’t Forget Me Little Darling, Remembering the Carter Family, in Spring 2015.
When she is not on tour, Brennen can be heard singing and playing her vintage arch top guitar (affectionately named “The Blonde”) in many of the vibrant honky tonks and dance halls of Texas, often accompanied by Noel McKay on harmony vocals and telecaster, and world class rhythm section; bassist Brad Fordham and drummer Lisa Pankratz, delighting two-steppers and discerning listeners with a sound that is fresh, classic… and unapologetically country.
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