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Brandon Word’s New West Texas Harvest

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Brandon Word is a veteran independent recording artist who made his solo professional recording debut in 2015 with the EP Tough. That record introduced a multi-talented singer, songwriter, and guitarist from Lubbock, Texas. He is an eclectic musician, equally adept at introspective folks ballads and bombastic rock anthems.

Since his debut, Brandon Word has produced an impressive volume of work, including a collection of nearly two dozen single, EP, and album releases. His sound is a unique mix of West Texas Americana, and classic emo rock. In April he dropped his first new music of the year.

Harvest is the brand new EP from Brandon Word, released worldwide via all major streaming services on April 26, 2024. The five-song set is a showcase for the songwriting chops and musical versatility of a seasoned musician. From the intro guitar/vocal love song serenade “h.s” to the power-pop rocker “You Can’t Fix Me”, Word pairs emotional and introspective lyrics with some expert guitar work.

“Chorus Again” is an emo bop that pays both lyrical and stylistic homage to the singer’s formative years in rock & roll bands.  Brandon Word then quiets things down for the indie-musician lament “Somebody Will Sing My Song” and the melancholy “West Texas Weather”. The latter features a duet with guest vocalist Emily Kilgore.

Check out Brandon Word’s Harvest in its entirety below, or listen on your favorite streaming service. You can also hear the songs “Chorus Again” and “West Texas Weather” on the Deep Dive : Pop & Rock playlist. We had the chance to chat with Brandon Word about the new record. Check out his answers to our 8 questions below. Follow the links at the end of this article to connect with the artist.

8 Questions with Brandon Word

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Where are you from

Lubbock, Texas

How long have you been making music?

I’ve been writing, recording, performing, and selling my own music for over 20 years at this point.

Who are the musicians involved in your project?

I tend to rally up a mixture of friends I’ve made along the way and artists/producers that I’ve met in more professional capacities and had the opportunity to collaborate with.

Who are your biggest musical influences?

I’m a millennial, a child of the emo revolution. I grew up listening to My Chemical Romance, The Used, AFI, Green Day, and many of the other titans of the genre. After finding my forte on the acoustic guitar, I began writing things that held the same angst but came through my own genre.

What inspired you to create this project?

I spent all of 2022 recording and releasing a new single every month. After doing all the work, I realized the fruit wasn’t exactly what I was hoping for it to be. It was an objective success because I met the goal I set out for, but the streams still weren’t pouring in. The track “Somebody Will Sing My Song” was born from that feeling and the EP title “Harvest” refers to the hope that the work you’re doing now will pay off when the time is right.

What are your plans for the future (musically)?

My dream is to tour and do my own stripped down live performances of these studio recorded songs. In the meantime, I’m constantly in the studio, trying to release singles and collections when appropriate.

Is there anything else you would like to say?

This thing we (creatives) do is not easy. If it were, everyone would do it, but we do it because we love it and we want to share it. If one person hears my song and sings along, it’s worth everything.