Singer, songwriter, and alternative country star Cory Branan and his family are letting folks know how thankful they are for all of the support from the music community after their home was virtually destroyed and many personal possessions damaged in a storm on August 9th in Memphis. Branan’s home that he shares with wife Rebecca and sons Clem and Admiral was crushed when three trees fell on it. One of the family’s cars was also damaged beyond repair.
Along with folks stepping up to help find the family a storage unit where they could put the few things not damaged in the storm, a Go Fund Me page was set up with a goal of $55,000 to help to get the family back on their feet. At the time of publication, $64,000 has been raised so far, with numerous fellow artists and members of the music community pitching in, including Tyler Childers who pledged $2,000.
“The gratitude we feel for how supported we are is ineffable, and the outpouring of kindness we have been shown by friends and neighbors and strangers across the country is life-altering,” Cory Branan’s wife Rebecca said in an update. “The imprint this will leave on Clemens is such a positive lesson on community and moving forward instead of ruing loss.”
Raised in Southhaven, Mississippi, Cory Branan moved back to Memphis after high school, and soon started a music career first inspired by John Prine before moving more into rock and alternative country styles. He released his debut album The Hell You Say in 2002, and the next year appeared on The David Letterman Show.
After releasing another album in 2006 called 12 songs via MADJACK Records, Branan signed with Bloodshot Records in 2011, releasing the albums Mutt (2012) and The No-Hit Wonder (2014), with Saving Country Music saying about the latter, “If you’re gazing slunk shouldered at your Jason Isbell and Sturgill Simpson records as so loved that you’re tired of listening to them, The No-Hit Wonder may just be the project to point your nose toward next.”
Cory Branan sometimes uses his lack of commercial success and his lack of fitting into scenes as inspiration for his songs. Branan also released the albums Adios in 2017 and When I Go I Ghost in 2022.
“I’m so grateful for y’all’s love, and reaching out and the support, all across the board,” Branan said in a video to fans. A benefit show at the Hi-Tone in Memphis is being planned to help the other individuals in Branan’s neighborhood with cleanup and repairs from the storm.