A little bit Austin; a little bit Kemptville, a lot of a good time!
Enjoy some of the best live music, well, anywhere at the Branch Restaurant and Texas Grill. Come on out and be entertained with tunes & songs, to listen close or to sing along at one of our popular open mic or Birthday Tribute events: it all sounds as good as the real Texas BBQ, Tex-Mex, Cajun or Southern food favourites tastes... Our entertainment line up ranges from local talent to some big name headliners...watch this page to see what's coming up!
PLEASE CALL THE RESTAURANT (613-258-3737) TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT/TICKET. Folks who come in for dinner will be given priority for seating and tables...
May 28 ~ JP Cormier, 8pm, 8pm, $25 +hst
J.P. Cormier is a man with many musical talents. He is a skilled songwriter, a gifted singer, and an extraordinary musician who has accomplished success with more than one instrument. During his long career, he has won many competitions, including the Canadian Open Guitar Championship, the Southern U.S. Fiddle Championship, and the Southern U.S. Banjo Championship. He has also worked with a number of big-name artists and appeared on the ever-popular Grand Ol' Opry over two dozen times. His debut album, Out of the Blue, was released when he was only 16 years old.
Cormier was born in London, Ontario, Canada. When most kids were just starting kindergarten, he was already showing a strong interest in music. Soon that interest proved to be an impressive natural talent. He taught himself to play the guitar. It would only be the first of many string instruments he would master in the coming years.
Not long after Cormier's ninth birthday, he won his first guitar competition, holding his own against musicians of all ages. He landed his first steady professional job when he was only 14. It was a weekly bluegrass television show called Up Home Tonight. Two years later came the release of a debut album filled with instrumental bluegrass music that showcased his guitar skills. After some time appearing at a number of festivals, Cormier became the mandolin player for the famous bluegrass-gospel group the Sullivan Family. He spent a number of years afterward touring with the group, and with other major artists.
In 1997, Cormier, all grown-up, finally finished a sophomore offering, Another Morning, for his fans. The award-winning recording was followed by a third full-length album, Heart & Soul. Along the way to making a name for himself, Cormierhas performed with countless artists, the list reading something like a who's who in music, including Alan Jackson, Marty Stuart, Bill Monroe, Waylon Jennings,Travis Tritt, Vince Gill, Kitty Wells, and many others. If his musical career had crashed to an end with the start of the new millennium, Cormier would still have touched enough parts of the music world to ensure that his legacy lasted long after.
Friday May 29 ~ Keith Glass and his Two Bad Dogs, 9pm, $10
Keith Glass is a singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist (guitar, mandolin, bass), and producer, and a founding member, guitarist, and songwriter with Prairie Oyster, a group which has received critical acclaim, including multiple Juno and CCMA awards. Prairie Oyster is often cited as the country’s foremost roots/country band. They toured extensively in Canada, the U.S. and Europe over a career that spanned almost four decades. In 2008, Prairie Oyster was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame. Keith and his band mates are also the recipients of a SOCAN lifetime achievement award.
Keith’s musical career began with an acoustic band called The King City Slickers which was the forerunner of Prairie Oyster. During a hiatus from that band he fronted his own group, The Glass Band, through the mid 1970s, playing a mix of rock ‘n roll and R&B in clubs throughout Ontario, and was the guitarist in both the stage and screen productions of “Hank Williams: the Show He Never Gave” starring Sneezy Waters, aka Peter Hodgson, with whom he also played on many shows.
In recent years, he has been busy producing albums for numerous Eastern Ontario artists including Brock Zeman, Erin Driscoll, Trevor Alguire, Missy Burgess, Brea Lawrenson, Rebekka Paige, and playing and singing on many others.
The new album (Bad Dog, named in honour of the family dog, Dusty) shows that Glass is in his songwriting prime, offering listeners beautiful ballads and rich storytelling. The majority of the album was recorded in his home studio as well as at Audio Valley Recording Studio.
When he is not taking playing solo shows or with The Bad Dogs, Keith also performs withLynn Miles.
Saturday May 30 ~ Lynn Jackson and Slo' Tom, 9pm, $6
Do you like old country music ? Roots, folk and Americana ?
Ottawa’s Slo’ Tom has been performing since the 90’s. He first blew onto the scene with his punk/alternative band Furnaceface who had videos in heavy rotation on MuchMusic and multiple CMVA awards as they toured their way across Canada at least a dozen times. For the past decade, Slo’ Tom has been reinventing himself as a songwriter with his new group Slo’ Tom and the Handsome Devils in the genre of his first musical love – hard core country music, with a humorous bent. “Breaking the Law in Bathurst,” “Liquor’s My Lover” and “Ham and Eggs” are crowd favourites, and with his energetic live show, Tom never fails to deliver!
Kitchener’s Lynn Jackson (a longtime Slo’ Tom fan since her Ottawa U days in the mid-90s), has been writing, performing and touring her folk-roots style songs since the early 2000s. She takes her cues from Lucinda Williams, Kathleen Edwards and Tom Waits, using her ‘whisky and honey’ voice to mix timeless melodies with tales that have “deep Americana roots, in the very best way that tag implies” (Thom Jurek, AllMusic.com, 2013). With seven original albums out on Canadian indie label Busted Flat Records (www.bustedflatrecords.com), Jackson regularly tours Canada and has two albums slated for release in 2015.
Sunday 31 ~ Open Mic hosted by Carey Graham, 3-6pm
Thursday June 4 ~ Oh Susanna, 8pm, $25. Holy Moly!