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!
We've got yer live music (and bbq) all week long! Tonight (Wednesday), it's our veteran bbqleader Bruce Enloe and the Burning Sensations at 8pm. While you're listening, devour some 12 dollar Branchburgers or a meat & potatoes special (it's not on the printed menu - ask your server!)!
Don't forget, Bruce and the Sensations are here most Wednesdays and also on New Year's Eve! Stay tuned for more details of that shindig.
Tomorrow night (that's Thursday), come out for more burgers, or steak cooked to your liking, while listening to a double-header! It's Slow Leaves, featuring James Leclaire, starting at 7pm. It's reminiscent of 70s folk, and you like that about it. It's also a tip jar show, which you also like.
Slow Leaves is Winnipeg's Grant Davidson. His songs, genuine and honest, spare nothing in creating vivid images and heartfelt connections. His voice, warm and effortless, has been compared to the likes of Doug Paisley and Gene Clark, calling to mind 70’s country-folk with a modern vitality. 2014's Beauty is so Common, like a California country-folk record newly discovered in your parent's attic, straddles the line between new and old, revealing an album deceptive in its simplicity, rich in melody, and immediately classic. He has received critical acclaim and extensive Canadian CBC radio play since the release of his album, Beauty Is So Common, produced by Rusty Matyas (The Sheepdogs), which reached #1 on the !earshot Canadian National Folk/Roots/Blues chart and charted on CBC Radio 2's Top 20 . He has been backed by a host of acclaimed musicians including Jason Tait (Bahamas, The Weakerthans), Todd Lumley (Hawksley Workman), and Adam Warner (Jill Barber). Recent performances include showcasing at NXNE and performing at the internationally recognized Winnipeg Folk Festival.
From fist pumping, stomp your feet working-man anthems to soulful ballads of love, heartache and loss, James Leclaire's songs are all about storytelling. Intensely thought-out lyrics grind through James' raspy vocal chords with powerful emotion to produce rich, dark imagery, that can really punch you in the heart.
If you like meat, we've got you covered. Our Three-Cheese Plate with housemade liverwurst, is available on the regular dinner menu every night from Wednesday through Saturday, and instead of a three-course tasting menu this weekend, we will be offering bbq smoked ribs on Friday and Saturday night, lovingly prepared in the Big Black Smoker out back.
While you are feasting on bbq smoked ribs on Friday night, stick around (pun intended) for Nudie (UPDATE: 8pm, tip jar show), Kemptville's favorite honky-tonk troubadour from the East Coast. After soaking up musical experiences in Toronto, Montreal, Phoenix, Austin and New York, this roaming troubadour now hangs his Gibson guitar in Charlottetown, PEI. Why so much traveling? “That’s what the world’s for” quips Nudie, whose name is a nod to Nashville’s rhinestone cowboy tailor Nudie Cohn. Nudie’s decades long performing career has landed him on the stages of the Philadelphia & Ottawa Folk Festivals, Willie Nelson’s end-of-tour party in 2006, official showcases at Folk Alliance and Americana Music conferences, and recently earned him a support slot for Marty Stuart & The Fabulous Superlatives.
His authentic style of music and songwriting is captured on 2014’s self-released album Remember This. It’s the soundtrack of relationships and heartache, delivered with wit and charm, and coated in the sounds of 1960s West Coast country soul. Telecasters and pedal steel abound on the Bakersfield biscuit ‘You Try To Be Right’. Hammond organ pulses on ‘My Sweet Ache’, while mariachi style horns adorn ‘If A Heart Could Tell’ (with guest vocalist Molly Rankin). Nudie continues to captivate audiences with his upbeat and charismatic performances, with plans to tour a cross North America, and into Europe for the first time in 2016.
The feast for our bellies and ears continues on Saturday night, with more bbq smoked ribs, and with Christo Graham & Family World (9pm, $8).
We'll let Bruce Enloe sum up some of Christo's musical career: "Christo has been a Branch Restaurant sensation for years now, as a star performer at any number of our Birthday Tributes or as just plain himself. His style to date has ranged recently from the piano balladeer to the parodist and mimic who created an international viral sensation with his hit Muppet Christ Superstar album... But before that it also ranged from Disney to Dylan in a weird amalgam across three solo records of original material which I’d call ‘indie folk’ but that he has, in the past, called 'Casio-coustic' and even just 'folk.' The important note here is that across all these styles, Christo has not let us down yet…Christo, aka, ‘our little secret,’ is a bona fide, real deal, no kidding, up and coming world class talent. He is young, 20, yet he has produced at least 5 or 6 full length albums of his own, plus a couple of eps and Christmas records; he is a filmmaker; and an actor (check out the Arkells video [for "Come To Light"]), he plays any instrument that is put in his hands; he is likely in possession of perfect pitch (as near as I can tell) and, well, he’s also a pretty sweet dude. Christo grew up here in Bishop’s Mills the youngest son in a musical family that, by my reckoning, has produced more music in two generations than most can boast in a dozen." There you have it, from the bbqleader himself. Christo's family will be backing him up, including a guest appearance by Leigh Graham, who currently makes his rounds in the Gananoque and Kingston music scenes. Christo will be performing tunes from his upcoming album November Baby; the night will be fundraising to produce and distribute said album - including rumors of a vinyl edition. The night also features an opening act by dining-room duo Carey Graham + Paulina Hrebacka, who will warm up the crowd with some classic cover songs.
On Sunday, come out and join Peter Johnson for the Branch Open Mic from 3pm until 6pm! Enjoy delicious bbq plates, Branchburgers and 6 dollar pints (plus tax) of Beau's All-Natural Lug-Tread lagered ale - all day long. We're open 2pm until 8pm for local music, local food, and local brews.
Thanks for eating bbq, drinking craft brews, shopping local, and being good to your neighbors!
~ the folks at the Branch