Richard “Spady” Brannan is one of Nashville’s unsung heroes. He’s a seasoned studio musician, touring bassist, and respected songwriter who’s penned hits for artists as diverse as Dolly Parton (“Thinking About Love”) and ex-Abba vocalist Agnetha Faltskog (“Once Burned Twice Shy”) but never once in a career spanning over 30 years has he stepped up to the mic himself—until now, that is. On a collection of eleven autobiographical tunes that fall somewhere between country confessional and ‘80s rock balladry, Spady’s passionate lyrics trace a winding path through a tumultuous relationship which ultimately ends in heartache. It’s not shattering any moulds, but this self-titled debut is an accomplished effort which meanders pleasantly from the Springsteen-style straight-ahead-rock opener “Trouble With Words”, through the mandolin and dobro country pickin’ on “Some Day”, and finally comes to rest with the tragic “I Did”, a soulful country ballad initially recorded by Trisha Yearwood.
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"The man whose songs were recorded by Johnny Cash, Alan Jackson, Ricky Skaggs, David Allan Coe, The Highwaymen, and countless others succumbs to time’s cruel cue that the only token of permanence we have to offer are the effects of shared moments and memories.READ the article