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Drew Love and Jon Branca connected musically in their early teens, playing songs of their favorite artists at parties and small social events. Eventually the duo began experimenting with musical composition, writing dozens of small pieces for fun. But, before any of these arrangements came to fruition, the two parted
ways for college. Drew and Jon didn’t lose touch with each other, or with music. Rather, each honed their skills in their own way. Jon formed a band with three friends while Drew concentrated on writing and discovering his vocal ability. Reconnecting over summers, they continued to write and develop a sound.
In the fall of 2007, Drew and Jon headed cross-country for inspiration, stopping in cities like Nashville, Memphis, LA and eventually arriving in San Francisco. They returned home with books full of words and music and concentrated heavily on perfecting their songs. That summer, a friend asked Drew and Jon to give their first live performance as “Love & Branca” at the Hibiscus Grill in Somers Point, New Jersey. Positive feedback created a desire to book more gigs, and the inspiration to record a five track original EP entitled Take a Chance, pulling influence from favorite artists like Dave Matthews, Jack Johnson and Donovan Frankenreiter.
Steve Branca (Jon’s dad) joined the duo in 2010. After sitting in a few times for fun, the trio jelled musically, and it soon became a permanent situation. Steve plays electric and acoustic guitars, and mandolin. The additional instrumentation allows Jon freedom to utilize his bass playing and percussion skills, which adds texture, complexity, and fullness to the group’s overall sound. The “Take a Chance” EP, was well received and found its way into the hands of family, friends, fans and perspective clients. Shortly after its release, Love and Branca booked several more venues and appeared on a regular basis at Yesterday’s in Marmora, the Tuckahoe Inn in Beesley’s Point, The Trinity Irish Pub at Caesars Pier and a other popular local establishments.
The Summer of 2011 was a great success. The group was booked solidly throughout the season. They appeared at several new venues, and made many new fans and friends. But, they are constantly searching for new places to share their music.