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Randall Bramblett (Band and Solo) / Press

“The Bright Spots is a sublime glance at how Bramblett rolls. For more than three decades, he has been the quintessential Southern stylist — a writer with a storytelling ability that favors dark but humane detail, a singer with just enough scratch and weariness in his singing to ignite the soul and blues spirits in those songs, and an instrumentalist whose playing on keyboards and saxophone establishes and expands numerous Southern soul traditions. All of that holds true and then some on The Bright Spots. It's Southern. It rocks. But don't dismiss it as Southern rock in any conventional sense. ”

“if you’ve never dug into Randall Bramblett’s catalog of solo albums (he’s up to nine of ‘em), you’re missing out, my friend. He may be a super sideman, but Randall Bramblett is a helluva bandleader, too. One spin of his latest, The Bright Spots, and you’re going to know it, hands down.If you had to boil The Bright Spots down to one word, “soul” would probably be the candidate, as the album’s dozen tunes are loaded with it – in a number of forms. The end result of all this is a cool album that combines the vibe of a real-as-hell vintage soulman with modern musical ideas. You could listen to The Bright Spots all night, baby.”

“Throughout Randall Bramblett's long, storied career, he has doggedly mined the sources of his earliest inspirations -- soul, R&B, blues, and roots rock -- for the lessons they teach about creative expression. As a result, his albums have always moved a little deeper, a little wider, and have taken enough chances with those forms that he's too mercurial to pin down -- he's a marketing person's nightmare, but a real music fan's (and musician's) delight. The Bright Spots, his ninth offering, is at once his loosest and most adventurous studio recording. Throughout the record, Bramblett's dusky, soulful voice inhabits his words as if what is portrayed by them is happening in real time, and while the considerable hooks help him there, it's his poignant lyrics that bring him the rest of the way into the center. The Bright Spots, while immediately recognizable as a Bramblett album, doesn't sound like anything else in his catalog. It's bold, inventive, colorful, and at times profound.”

“A jewel of Southern music, Randall Bramblett shines on his latest release, The Bright Spots. He has put together a masterful recording soaked with the soulful feel that has defined his music and that of his Southern contemporaries like Gregg Allman and Warren Haynes. From Howlin’ Wolf to Ray Charles and sitar samples, gospel strains and even a snippet of water-splashing pygmies, this CD mixes diverse elements that dovetail into Randall’s finest album yet. Despite Bramblett’s antecedents in Americana and specifically Southern music, this is no stroll down the red clay backroads of his youth. The album bridges the past and the present in the loop-driven rhythms of “John the Baptist,” “Trying To Steal a Minute” and the upbeat groove funk of “’Til the Party’s All Gone.” Overall The Bright Spots is steeped in soul with a modern edge. (He) continues to push the envelope of his Southern soul into areas that further illuminate his past, while expanding and nudging his r”

“The musical career of Randall Bramblett has spanned more than 35 years, but the local multi-instrumentalist and songwriter keeps stepping toward new territory with every new album. Bramblett's latest, The Bright Spots, recorded near Athens and in Nashville finds him in an experimental mood. An expressive and dynamic collection of blues, soul, classic pop and rock and roll, The Bright Spots touches on some of Bramblett's usual styles, but the odd instrumentation and arrangements occasionally veer far outside of his usual comfort zone. Bramblett struts with confidence on The Bright Spots, singing themes of perseverance and survival. Like its the recording process and the end result, the album's title is double-sided. "The album title is pretty ironic," he says. "It comes out of the first line of the first verse of the first song. It mentions 'bright spots' within a list of a bunch of terrible, chaotic stuff... But there seems to a thread of beauty and and hope in the songs."”

“It would be easy enough to tag this as Southern rock, or as blues, or even — at times — as gospel, were Randall Bramblett’s The Bright Spots not so consistently all of those things, and something more. But there’s something else going on here, too — something that has to do with Ray Charles and Steve Forbert and Howlin’ Wolf and Stax Records, something that feels more deeply Southern in the sense that it settles into that crossroads moment when genres comingle into a spicy gumbo of emotion. Something that is, ultimately, Bramblett’s alone. The Bright Spots plants its flag on a broadly appealing vista, surveying so many differing styles and feels that it can only be described as uniquely Southern — but, more particularly, uniquely Randall Bramblett’s.Coming from the heart, it connects in an elemental, deeply personal way.”

“When he entered the studio last year to work on his latest album, "The Bright Spots," Randall Bramblett took a page from Frankie Goes to Hollywood and relaxed. Bramblett, an Athens-based blues/soul multi-instrumentalist, said he has a tendency to become obsessive during the recording process. For his 9th studio release, "The Bright Spots," however, he made a conscious effort to get out of his own way. "It can get pretty microscopic sometimes, trying to figure out how to record a song," he explained. "This time, we didn't really overthink it too much. The songs just fell together." After several consecutive self-produced efforts, Bramblett decided to experiment with funding it through a Kickstarter campaign, which successfully raised $30,000 in five weeks. As a result of letting the music happen instead of forcing it to take shape, Bramblett produced an album that Creative Loafing described as "arguably his finest in a catalog of classy, soulful, Southern singer/songwriter efforts."”

“Last May, when Marc Cohen had to pull out of his opening slot for Bonnie Raitt at the last minute at Cobb Energy Center, she called her old friend, Georgia native Bramblett to do the honors. The multi-instrumentalist also joined Raitt onstage during her set to perform “Used to Rule the World” a song he wrote on her Grammy winning “Slipstream” record. Now Bramblett – who also spent parts of 2012 with the Allman Brothers, Widespread Panic and Sam Bush – will celebrate the release of his latest album, “The Bright Spots.” The show also launches a couple of months worth of dates for the road horse.”

Melissa Ruggeri - Atlanta Journal Constitution

“This record-release gig for Bramblett’s The Bright Spot previews the bulk of the album. It’s arguably his finest in a catalog of classy, soulful, Southern singer/songwriter efforts that display his multi-instrumental talents atop sharply observed songs ranging from funky to introspective.”

Hal Horowitz - Creative Loafing

“As a sideman, one couldn’t hope for a better resumé than Randall Bramblett. A multi-instrumentalist with roots in rock and jazz, he’s worked with Traffic, Steve Winwood, Levon Helm and Bonnie Raitt. But apart from a pair of ‘70s LPs, his solo career didn’t take off until the late ‘90s. Since 1998, the jack-of-all-sounds has released five albums under his own name, conquering radio-ready classic rock jams with the panache of someone used to owning the spotlight, not sharing in the afterglow.”

“It wasn't until 1998 that Bramblett's solo career began in earnest. The release of See Through Me triggered a string of extraordinary solo albums that saw his writing rapidly evolve and mature. The catalog of solo work that followed, which culminated with 2008's Now It's Tomorrow and 2010's The Meantime, represents Bramblett as a writer of literate, expansive Southern detail and a composer who dismisses the common view of "Southern rock" in favor of a schooled but coolly authoritative assimilation of rock, soul, jazz and, at times, gospel. Lexington has received a few visits by Bramblett over the years, although Sunday marks his first full-band performance and his first concert of any kind since September 2010. If you caught any of those previous shows, you know the emotive and stylistic command of his music. If not, well, let's just say you really need to be at Natasha's on Sunday. This guy is one of the greats.”

“It’s become a wonderful tradition for South By Southeast concert goers in Myrtle Beach. Right about this time of year, the Randall Bramblett Band – and we’re talking the full band here – head to the Grand Strand for a fast-paced, high energy show at the historic Myrtle Beach Train Depot. And when I tell you they blow the roof off the place, that Davis Causey’s guitar work defies description, that Michael Steele is a monster on bass, I’m not exaggerating. One thing all Randall Bramblett songs have in common is their emotion. I find it impossible to listen without feeling something.They push, they pull. They ask questions. They insinuate. They make me feel. Something.”

“Now it’s Tomorrow is Bramblett’s seventh solo record and fourth for New West. Why is this man not raking in the green, Grammys, and groupies? He’s like the white Prince, dammit. Along with artists like Tift Merritt, My Morning Jacket, and Jackie Greene, Randall Bramblett seems to be ushering in a new era of Southern rock meets blue-eyed soul.”

Juli Thanki - Pop Matters

“I can't recommend "No More Mr. Lucky" highly enough. It's a brilliant work, a porterhouse steak of an album among all the trendy Lean Cuisine. *Randall Bramblett's No More Mr. Lucky is available at the home of Billy Joe Shaver, Delbert McClinton, Tim Easton, Chuck Prophet, and Jon Dee Graham, New West Records. Judge him by the musical company he keeps.”

William Michael Smith - Rockzilla.com

“From his earliest days as a budding keyboardist and horn player, to his first brush with notoriety as a member of the highly respected Southern rock and jazz hybrid Sea Level, to the road with everyone from Levon Helm to Steve Winwood, Bramblett has literally been there and done that...Yet this kind of praise clearly hasn’t gone to his head. Whether he and his Athens-based band of are tearing up a funky, soul-drenched storm in a small club or wowing thousands as the opening act for major artists like Widespread Panic or Bonnie Raitt, he’s primarily concerned with enjoying himself, rather than dwelling on whether or not he himself is a household name. “I learned that from Levon Helm,” he offers. “What I took away from my time with him was just the pure exuberance of playing music. Often, Levon had a better time in a juke-joint than some giant venue. That’s how he grew up, playing with The Hawks in little clubs. He reminded me you just gotta have fun and not take it too damn”

“Although he has performed and/or recorded with: Sea Level, Bonnie Raitt, Steve Winwood and Traffic, Greg Allman, Levon Helm, Delbert McClinton, Widespread Panic, Bonnie Bramlett (no relation), Warren Haynes, Robbie Robertson, Grateful Dead, Gov’t Mule, Chuck Leavell, etc. – - – Randall is a stellar singer/songwriter and musician in his own right. He delivers masterful songs with remarkable lyrics and soulful soul-stirring vocals. And it seems the man can can play almost every instrument ever invented, including: piano, organ, saxophone, guitar, harmonica, mandolin, etc. Check him out on the web. . . you’ll be hooked.”

“For whatever reason that no one can explain, Randall Bramblett does not enjoy household word recognition with the general public. However, among long time name artists such as Stevie Winwood, Levon Helm, Elvin Bishop, John Hammond, plus many others, Randall is a songwriter’s songwriter... He’s polished, confident, and jokes with the crowd. ... Respect from his peers and live audiences are important factors in Randall’s stellar career. More significantly, for the discriminating listener who values intelligent and inspired songwriting, Randall is a tough act to beat.”

“Bramblett has a sincere and natural charm when he performs and hearing him do his own songs takes you straight back to a summer afternoon, sitting on a long porch under a big oak somewhere in Georgia, sipping your sweet tea.”

“The Randall Bramblett Band was next up for me and they played a very sweet mid-day set on the side stage amongst the hammocks and the trees. The set was highlighted by Randall’s original tune “Get In, Get Out” that many fans were familiar with from his stint playing with Widespread Panic.”

“Bramblett is as powerful a songwriter as he is a musician, and the tracks on Now It’s Tomorrow include more of the intelligent, thought provoking lyrics, funky jazz beats and smooth Southern ballads that make his music so enjoyable. ”

"For an artist that has stayed under the radar for too long, Rich Someday deserves to be the album to put talented veteran Bramblett on the map."

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