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Brandon Rhyder / Press

"There have been very few albums that I feel have captured the personality of the point of interest... Dude, you have surrounded yourself with a band and sound that is authentic and honest... Like you!!! ('Live at Billy Bob's Texas') kicked my ass when I downloaded it this week... It literally flattened me! Y'all sound so damn good... The establishment could learn from you... I hope they are paying attention! Good job, man... It's my new 'ropin' the wind'!"

"Finally Brandon Rhyder has been captured LIVE! To anyone who has only heard his beautifully produced studio CDs, this ('Live at Billy Bob's Texas') is your chance to hear all the emotion of Brandon's live performance. Hands down the best writer in the business, this showcase proves Brandon Rhyder is the best performer in the business too! Bravo!"

“Rhyder, who tours incessantly and has some quality albums under his belt, recorded his own double disc live at Billy Bob’s in Fort Worth. Rhyder is the 39th artist to record at the venerable honky tonk. Back in 2007, we here at POP positively reviewed Rhyder’s last live album and noted the production work with his friend and fellow Texas musician Radney Foster. Foster appears this time as well and shares vocals with Rhyder on “Before I Knew Your Name” and the smooth “Lord, I Hope This Day Is Good,” featured as a studio track on disc two, as well. The rural menace of “Backroads” segues effortlessly into Hank Jr.’s “A Country Boy Can Survive.” “Rock Angel,” a recent hit, gives side 2 momentum, while his performance of “You Can’t Outdrink the Truth” with Walt Wilkins and the tender “Freeze Frame Time,” a crowd favorite, simply soars.”

“A well-established artist in red dirt country, Brandon Rhyder is now being recognized nationally for his unmistakable voice and lyrics. A native of East Texas, Brandon and his band are known for their love for the outdoors with songs like “Freeze Frame Time” which was written sitting in a duck blind one cool morning. Brandon is a tough, hard working country artist that is quickly becoming a hit in the outdoor community.”

“RESERVE RECORDS artist BRANDON RHYDER has signed with CREATIVE ARTISTS AGENCY (CAA) for representation. BRANDON’s video for “Rock Angel” has been voted #10 in CMT PURE COUNTRY’s 12-Pack Countdown for the last two weeks and his latest single, “You Burn Me,” made its way to #3 on the TEXAS MUSIC CHART recently. The third single from his current album, “Head Above Water,” called “Battery,” will be released to radio next week. CAA Agent JEFF GREGG said: “BRANDON RHYDER is a great addition to the CAA roster. His voice is one of the best I've heard in years; he is a true Country crooner. We are excited about being on board and playing a part in the big achievements that are in store for BRANDON.” For more info see www.brandonrhyder.com.”

“Rhyder released his second single, You Burn Me, in April, and it placed in the Top Ten on the Texas Regional Radio Report. The track is off his new album, Head Above Water, and is a follow up to his recent No. 1 hit, Rock Angel. Many people have come to know Rhyder’s name and music over the last few years. Regionally, he’s definitely a staple of the Texas music scene. Rhyder is different. When you hear the voice you know it’s unmistakably him. When he comes out with a new single you never know what you’re going to get. Rhyder loves to take you to the top and then jerk the rug out from under you and start the process all over again. ”

“Cooking, music, film, film and music, food and film… so far, we’ve done it all in Austin. We learned to barbecue, we met local musicians, we’ve seen lots of music, we’ve talked music with a record storeowner, and we’ve talked music with a filmmaker… So why not learn to cook with a musician? While he sings. And plays guitar. Yep, you heard right. When we arrive at Central Market’s ‘Cookin’ and Singin’ Class with Brandon Rhyder’, Brandon is strumming his guitar and singing a song about food, about eating burgers to be precise. The audience laughs, and Brandon grins, so we assume it’s tongue-in-cheek. In the professional kitchen behind the laidback singer, Chef Vance Ely at the stove stirring what looks like Chinese greens, while a handful of staff are busying themselves in the background with various food prep tasks. We’re seated in classroom-like rows, facing the front, where a television monitor gives us a close-up of Chef Vance’s stovetop.”

“Texas is well known for cultivating country music and also for creating a unique sound. A name that is familiar and a sound that is as unique as the individual and artist is Brandon Ryder. When you hear the voice you know it’s unmistakably him. When he comes out with a new single you never know what you’re going to get. Brandon Rhyder loves to take you to the top and then jerk the rug out from under you and start the process all over again. Brandon Rhyder doesn’t write for a genre, but rather for the inspiration he receives. He’s as real as they come. He’s sincere in his approach and delivery and hard headed to boot. He knows his business and expects as much and more out of himself as he does those who he calls ‘his team’. ‘We have worked very hard to get to where we are. Brandon and I recently spent some time talking about his career, the music, the inspiration and his future. ”

“Brandon Rhyder released his sixth album “Head Above Water” in February, 2010. The first song to be released was his fast rising single, “Rock Angel” which landed in the coveted No. 1 spot for two weeks in a row on both the Texas Music chart and the Texas Regional Radio. The album has 12 tracks and also includes a bonus DVD featuring an exclusive behind-the-scenes documentary about the making of this disc. Rhyder says “From top to bottom, the thing I like about the record so much is that every song has its own life. I like to explain it in a way that it is not 13 different chapters in one book, this is 13 different books on one disc. Every song has a life of its own and is written from a different perspective. I have always said I am not a writer for a specific genre, I have always written from the inspiration, the new things you learn”.”

“Brandon Rhyder is on fire right now with the release of his newest single, "You Burn Me". The new single by Rhyder is an up tempo aggressive and striking track that screams the ups and downs of an emotional roller coaster relationship. This track will keep you on the edge of your chair listening and intrigued to the music and lyrics from beginning to end. "You Burn Me" soared to #4 on the Texas Music Chart in July. The track is off his new album Head Above Water and is a follow up to his recent No. 1 hit, "Rock Angel,""Rock Angel" was a huge success for Brandon. It reached the #1 spot on the Texas Music Chart and stayed at #1 for two consecutive weeks. Many people have come to know Brandon Rhyder's name and music over the last few years. Regionally he's definitely a staple of the Texas scene. Brandon Rhyder is different. When you hear the voice you know its unmistakably him. When he come out with a new single you never know what you're going to get.”

“On Tuesday, August 10th, Brandon Rhyder is playing the Back to School Summer Bash 2010 at Duke’s BBQ in Georgetown. The concert and fundraiser help support The Caring Smiles Foundation, which provides dental care for all children thanks to the public’s charitable donations. Brandon Rhyder is a Texas Country artist from Carthage, Texas and now a true Austinite. He turned away from a publishing deal with Harlan Howard Publishing in 2009 so he could stay close to Austin instead of returning to Nashville to make albums. He developed a new project with his longtime friend and mentor Walt Wilkins and his band. That project was Brandon Rhyder’s latest album “Head Above Water" that released in February, which included his first No.1 single for “Rock Angel.” ”

“CORPUS CHRISTI — Brandon Rhyder’s newest CD “Head Above Water,” isn’t just the title of the singer-songwriter’s latest release, it’s also a good description of where he’s at in his career. Rhyder will performing at Brewster Street Ice House at 9 p.m. Thursday as part of the “Texas Throwdown Thursday” series presented by 94.7 Badlands FM. “In the beginning, I was evolving and trying to find myself,” Rhyder said. “I just didn’t know what I was going to do. And you know what, I still feel that way sometimes. I think ‘Head Above Water’ represents where I’m at in my career right now. I’ve been able to do my own thing and I think people are really getting it.” ”

“Nashville360TV.com had a chance to catch up with Brandon Rhyder during his busy schedule promoting his 6th new album just released this year. "Head Above Water" was released February 2010 & debuted at #20 on the Heatseeker Billboard Chart & #41 on the Country Albums Billboard Chart. The first single is "ROCK ANGEL" which hit #1 on both Texas Music Chart & Texas Regional Radio Report & has stayed on the charts for over 14 weeks. ”

“It’s been a few years since I’ve seen Brandon Rhyder live but his last studio release Conviction got worn out in my truck’s CD player. So, I was pretty pumped when Head Above Water got to my hands. His sound is lumped in with the Red Dirt and Americana scene. His music is what turns a lot of folks on to him, but the hidden gem of this singer is he’s a phenomenal songwriter, and he continues to impress with this release. I have to admit, I wasn’t thrilled with the first single, “Rock Angel” when I heard it on the radio. It sounded too commercial for the Rhyder I was familiar with. But… it’s grown on me (and apparently I’m one of the few that it bothered as it hit #1 on the Texas Music Charts in February and it’s still in the top 30). The title track is a beautiful ballad about being saved. I don’t know if it’s what he intended, but to me it’s a very spiritual song about finding God and trusting Him with the essence of your very being.”

“The calm in Brandon Rhyder’s face on the cover of his sixth album, Head Above Water, is representative of the record’s tone. After working in the music business for nearly a decade, Rhyder is content with his life. “I live in Georgetown. I was living off Manchaca for about eight years, but I moved up north more recently, mostly because of family and relatives,” he says. Family was, and continues to be central to Rhyder’s musical path. In hometown Carthage, Texas, his early life was filled with music. He was encouraged by participating in the local church. ”

“Texas Country Mainstay Brandon Rhyder is heading thru Pflugerville with his incredible Texas alt country sound to play Graham Central Station on Thursday, June 3rd. Brandon just released his second single, "You Burn Me," which hit radio on April 19, 2010. The track is off his new album Head Above Water and is a follow up to his recent No. 1 hit, "Rock Angel "Head Above Water." Check out Rhyder's performance on Austin Live!”

“Many people have come to know Brandon Rhyder’s name and music over the last few years. Regionally he’s definitely a staple of the Texas scene and has made the most of each opportunity he’s been given. Brandon Rhyder is different. When you hear the voice you know it’s unmistakably him. When he comes out with a new single you never know what you’re going to get. Brandon Rhyder loves to take you to the top and then jerk the rug out from under you and start the process all over again. Brandon Rhyder doesn’t write for a genre, but rather for the inspiration he receives. ‘I take pride in the songs that I write and want to be able to sing many of them for years to come. I still have a lot to learn and as life presents itself I’ll continue to strive to get better’, says Brandon.”

“Texas Country Superstar, Brandon Rhyder, is a bona-fide cook and is a BIG beef fan. Many people have come to know Brandon Rhyder‘s name and music over the last few years. Regionally he‘s definitely a staple of the Texas scene. Brandon Rhyder is different. When you hear the voice you know it‘s unmistakably him. When he comes out with a new single you never know what you‘re going to get. Brandon Rhyder loves to take you to the top and then jerk the rug out from under you and start the process all over again. Brandon Rhyder doesn‘t write for a genre, but rather for the inspiration he receives. And clearly, he receives inspiration from the good ol‘ American hamburger. Brandon gets all his beef from a local rancher who lives near him in Texas. We‘re honored to bring you Brandon‘s heartfelt take on hamburgers!”

“For his sixth album, Texan artist Brandon eschewed they typical Nashville co-writing tradition and penned every track him self from the sultry, heavy rock groove of “Like It Was The Last Time” to the catchy “Rock Angel.” His honest and poetic lyrics flow through most every song here, such as I’m not changing/You’re not changing/Sometimes its best to dance alone from “Last Swan Song.” The most mainstream country-oriented track here is “It’s the Country That Saves Me,” packed with clichéd lyrics but a cool vibe. His supple, versatile voice is restrained and vulnerable-sounding on the romantic and poetic “Head Above Water,” though he shifts to a stronger, more overtly soulful delivery on tracks like “Ultimate Deceiver” and “Breathe,” with impassioned vocals and dramatic instrumental solos. On “You Can Count on Me.” He’s singing about a personal relationship, but Head Above Water makes it clear he can be counted on for ace songwriting and artistry a”

“ Review: Brandon Rhyder "Head Above Water" Brandon Rhyder has been known for solid Red Dirt standards that stand the test of time. Now, the Austin, Texas country singer is ready to spread his wings and see if Texas country fans are willing to accept a bold concept album. Yes, Rhyder has made a major career departure with "Head Above Water." But the proof is in the pudding, and it still tastes darn good.”

“Austin, TX - Brandon Rhyder is a staple of the Texas music scene and makes the most of each opportunity that comes his way. When you hear his voice, you know it's him. When he comes out with a single you never know what you're going to get. Brandon loves to take you to the top and pull the rug out from under you. He doesn't write for a specific genre, but rather from inspiration. He's sincere in his approach and delivery. Brandon knows his business and expects as much and more out of himself as he does those he calls "his team."”

“Texas musician Brandon Rhyder has released his sixth album titled Head Above Water as he celebrates his fast rising single, “Rock Angel,” which landed number one on both the Texas Music chart and the Texas Regional Radio report. “Really songwriting is the first aspect of the foundation for me,” said music artist Brandon Rhyder. “It’s a lot of fun. The fans come out. You don’t really realize sometimes on this side of the fence how much someone else appreciates what you do.” Take a look at the video in HD produced by DFWreporting.com”

“About two years ago, young country singer/songwriter Brandon Rhyder made a decision not to stray too far from the Central Texas home he shares with his wife Kelli and their two children, Dusty and Mahala Grace. “I had spent so much time in Nashville,” the Carthage native said during a telephone interview from his bus on the way to a gig. “I had come to the end of the road in Nashville and I said, ‘You know what? I’m going to stay close to home and I’m going to record my new record here.’” ”

“About two years ago, young country singer/songwriter Brandon Rhyder made a decision not to stray too far from the Central Texas home he shares with his wife Kelli and their two children, Dusty and Mahala Grace. “I had spent so much time in Nashville,” the Carthage native said during a telephone interview from his bus on the way to a gig. “I had come to the end of the road in Nashville and I said, ‘You know what? I’m going to stay close to home and I’m going to record my new record here.’” On his last two records, Rhyder used Nashville studio musicians. When he got ready to record his sixth album, “Head Above Water,” Rhyder turned to the members of his band.”

“Texas country star Brandon Rhyder will perform Tuesday in a concert benefiting Camp Kesem, a summer camp devoted to showing support and love to children who have parents with cancer. Camp Kesem was founded in 2007 by Amber Masso, Class of 2008. The topic of cancer and its effects on families was close to Masso’s heart. “I grew up with cancer in my family, and I have lost many friends and relatives over the years,” Masso said. “A few years ago, I became a cancer survivor. I underwent treatment for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma during 2005-2006, my sophomore year at A&M.””

“ Diamond, Mo. — On Saturday, Texas country mainstay Brandon Rhyder will be performing at Lucky Maggie’s, 1630 Hwy. 59, Diamond. The show starts at 10:30 p.m. For ticket information, please visit luckymaggies.com. “It is country-rock,” Rhyder said of his music. “We are a country band, we have country roots.”

“ » Singer Song Rhyder: Texas artist Brandon Rhyder poses with the Country Aircheck crew after an acoustic performance this morning (3/24). Rhyder played a selection from his sixth album Head Above Water, which included single "Rock Angel." Pictured (l-r) are publicist Jensen Sussman, manager Ricky Brown, CA's Erin Duvall, Lauren Tingle and Mike Page, Rhyder and CA's Mary Forest Findley, Jeff Green and Chuck Aly.”

“Country rock at its coolest sounding. I love his soaring singing voice with its falsetto leaps. The crunchy production is also ultra listenable. So nice I played it twice”

“This past Friday, Texas artist Brandon Rhyder spent most of his day in College Station promoting his new record, Head Above Water with an on-air interview at 98.3 KORA and an in-store performance at Hastings. Then he ended the night with a live/full-band performance at Hurricane Harry's.”

“Many people have come to know Brandon Rhyder’s name and music over the last few years. Regionally he’s definitely a staple of the Texas scene and has made the most of each opportunity he’s been given. Brandon Rhyder is different. When you hear the voice you know it’s unmistakably him.”

“The first thing that immediately comes to the surface when listening to Brandon Rhyder is his incredibly supple voice. It is an instrument that is rivaled by few others and a marvel to listen to. The second thing that hits the listener is how strong of a songwriter Brandon Rhyder is.”

“On Brandon Rhyder's last album, "Every Night," there was an underlying slickness that was appealing on the surface, but when you got right down to it, it didn't come across as wholly authentic. Really, it was 2005's "Conviction" that got Rhyder a lot of attention.”

“OKLAHOMA CITY – Head Above Water, the new album from Texas singer-songwriter Brandon Rhyder released this week, is getting a lot of attention. And the lead-off single, “Rock Angel,” has hit number one on the Texas Music charts this month”

“Brandon is so proud of this album and truly deserves to be. While the last album, Every Night, was polished and pretty, served up right to the ears that be, this one is back solid to who Brandon is as an artist, a songwriter, and deliverer of emotion...”

“With his just-released sixth full-length CD, Head Above Water, Austin's Brandon Rhyder is ready to cement his status as a bright and burgeoning player in the expanding Texas music scene. Head Above Water was produced by fellow Texan Walt Wilkins and features Rhyder's trusty band.”

“Austin, TX / February 15, 2010 - Texas country mainstay Brandon Rhyder is celebrating his fast rising single, "Rock Angel," which landed in the coveted No. 1 spot on both the Texas Music chart and the Texas Regional Radio report today and is still holding strong.”

“Monday, February 15, 2010 – Texas country singer Brandon Rhyder is out with a new single, Rock Angel, which landed in the top spot on both the Texas Music chart and the Texas Regional Radio report today .”

“It's only Monday, but what an incredible week so far for Brandon Rhyder. The Texas country mainstay artist celebrates the number one spot on the Texas Music Charts as well as the Texas Regional Radio Report today, with his single, "Rock Angel."”

“Not since “Freeze Frame Time” have I been captivated by Brandon Rhyder. There was a time when nothing was more perfect than waltzing around the dance floor on a Thursday night to Freeze Frame with “him.””

“Nashville is experiencing an influx from the Lone Star state as Texans build teams made up of Music City mainstays. All of the acts listed here have several albums under their belt buckles and have pushed hits up the Texas charts. Now they are seeking bigger success stories and bigger audiences”

“When push came to shove, Brandon Rhyder stood by his convictions.”

“Country music singer/songwriter Brandon Rhyder is returning to Paris to headline at Crosswire Thursday night. ”

““I would really love to get my music in front of folks from the coast to coast.” Rhyder has the ability to make this happen. His unique sound has always been a huge plus and with a renewed passion, drive and new record he is set to make his move.”

“Brandon Rhyder's soaring vocals will fly into Cowboys Dance Hall Friday night on the wings of "Rock Angel," a guitar-fueled love tune that debuted this week on iTunes and is running up the Texas Music chart. ”

“Brandon Rhyder already was a loving father to young Dusty Regan. But he agreed that, after the birth of Mahala Grace more than a year ago, there is a very different connection between father and daughter. ”

“There is a refreshing honesty that winds its way through Brandon Rhyder’s latest album, Every Night, his first studio offering since 2005’s outstanding Conviction. Rhyder is absolutely riveting on this new album. Each song rings true and feels heartfelt. ”

“Singer-songwriter Brandon Rhyder and his band rely on grassroots support to add to their fan base, and that is exactly what Rhyder hopes to do when his band performs at the Red Moon Café on Saturday. “We have a really phenomenal fan base that continues to grow,” Rhyder said. ”

“Brandon Rhyder, who just put his sixth album in the can, plans to release it early next year. But fans already are getting previews at his live shows, like the one he'll do Saturday night at Gruene Hall. ”

“When Texas singer-songwriter Brandon Rhyder takes the stage with just an acoustic guitar and no band, it is a way for him to get back to the basics. "I don't have to think. I don't write a set-list.”

“Brandon Rhyder has been going nonstop since 2005. When “Conviction,” the Texas country musician’s third album, was released, Rhyder watched his songs move up country charts and his fan base expand.”

“Brandon Rhyder scored with his soaring, crystalline vocals on "Freeze Frame Time," about life's beautiful moments. And Rhyder can flat-out sing, which he proved again and again, such as on his new single, "Have I Waited Too Long."”

“Album debuted at #53 on the Top Country Albums chart and at #50 on Billboard’s Top New Artist Albums chart. Every Night’s lead single, “This Ain’t It,” jumped from #22 to #16 on this week’s Texas Music Chart and the accompanying video will be released soon.”

“Brandon Rhyder's fifth album finds the Texas-born singer-songwriter at his tender expressive best. Working with producer/co-writer Radney Foster, he has fashioned a 12-song (plus 1 ghost track) set of moving ballads and catchy blue collar hook songs. ”