Theres Still Time
Biography - Brandon Strickland Born: Sopchoppy Florida Instruments: Yamaha 1978 Acoustic Guitar, Seagull Acoustic Guitar, 1974 Gibson L6S Electric Guitar, Nord Electro 2 Keyboardand, Special 20 Harmonicas Growing up in the small southern town of Sopchoppy Florida, Brandon was constantly surrounded by storytellers ' My Mema Eloise is probably the best storyteller I know,' he says, 'If you told her it was hot outside she would just laugh and say "hot, I remember one summer it was so hot we fried an egg outside on the pavement by the old schoolyard." It was stories like this that sculpted Brandon early on in his life to become a great singer songwriter. Brandon's music charms even the greatest storytellers; with his down to earth lyrics and laid back melodies you can picture the events unfolding as if they were taking place in front of your very own eyes. His music is real, mesmerizing, haunting, and very powerful. Brandon first started playing music when he found his mom's old guitar just collecting dust in the closet when he was about fourteen years old. It was then and there Brandon started experimenting with music learning to play songs with three easy chords and writing simple ballads that consisted of his childhood experiences growing up in a small quiet town. Since then his music has grown to enormous proportions; selling albums throughout the United States and across seas, Brandon has evolved into a seasoned singer/songwriter and proves to be a vibrant up and coming artist. Brandon was influenced early on by artist long before his time, artist like Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, John Lee Hooker, Otis Redding, and Creedence Clearwater Revival sculpted Brandon into the musician he is today. 'I like songs that I can relate to; songs that are authentic and real. Whether it's a song about fishing in the dark, or the one that got away, to create a song that captures the audience and make them feel as if they were part of the equation or part of the story is truly my goal as a singer/songwriter." Brandon's love for minimalism and simplicity is what makes his music so unique. "It's the simple things in life that make us who we are as an individual, and I like to sing about that." In early 2003 Brandon released his debut album "There's Still Time" and sold multiple copies throughout the southeast. "That was truly a learning experience," says Brandon "seeing how I didn't know the first thing about recording. Here I was sitting in my bedroom with a pair of hand me down headphones, a cheap condenser mic, and no idea what I was doing." Then word got out and his album sales quickly spread all over the United States and Europe. "There's Still Time" was also featured live on the best voted web radio shows in Westerlo Belgium, Somewhere Between and Golden Flash. Brandon followed up from his first album with "Dirt Road Melodies"; an acoustic compilation of songs that dive into life experiences and the realization of a culture that is coming to past. Like his first album "Dirt Road Melodies" also sold multiple copies throughout the U.S. and Europe. In late 2003 Brandon moved from his hometown of Sopchoppy to attend Florida State University in Tallahassee . He quickly made friends with a group of guys he met in a jazz class and found himself jamming with them in an old warehouse off of Tennessee Street about once a week. Travis Acker (bass player) and Cameron Ferguson (drummer) immediately caught Brandon's attention with their laid back solid attitude and killer funk grooves. Growing up playing country and blues all of his life, he had never experienced funk, ska, or many other styles. Brandon, Travis, and Cameron quickly infused the styles together to create a sound of their own, gritty southern funk, laced with blues lyrics, killer guitar riffs and hip hop beats. "Travis is a great improviser," says Brandon "With Travis you never know what you're gonna get", He goes on to say "Cameron is also quite the weapon when it comes to keeping us in the pocket." Brandon Travis and Cameron began playing house parties and quickly developed into a paying gig known as "The Sopchoppy Band". In 2005 they recorded a demo together at a local studio in Sopchoppy ran by local musician and friend Rick Ott and began promoting their music throughout North Florida. Since then the members of the band have been spread throughout Florida; Brandon Living in Jacksonville, Cameron working in South Florida and Travis Residing in Palm Beach. "The Sopchoppy Band" doesn't play quite as often as they used to, but continue to reunite when they get the chance. Brandon's third record to date "This Side of the River" features 13 original compositions written by Brandon, and was recorded in his studio which he founded in 2002 known as "Barefoot Studio". Travis Acker (Bass) and Cameron Ferguson (Drums) sat in on multiple recordings and provided some excellent bass and drums resulting in live recordings with a full band which is something Brandon has never done on his previous records. With the experience and help from friends, this album is said to be his best work yet. Brandon's songs may be simple, but don't let that fool you; his lyrics are extremely captivating pulling you deep into the gut of the story. Whether it's a story about his vast childhood experiences or simple ballads of his love for his surroundings, Brandon captures each and every aspect of life through his songs. His music is genuine, down to earth, and old beyond his years. From smoky bar room blues to late night honky tonk tunes to funk, soul, and rock-n-roll Brandon Strickland is like no other, a storyteller of his own kind. Authentic, genuine and down to earth songs about life, love and the cornbread that comes with it.