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What separates Brandon Isaak from the rest of the pack besides his world-class musicianship and song writing, is his ability to connect and involve the audience in his live shows.
In 2010 Brandon was nominated for Song Writer Of The Year by the Maple Blues Awards. This honor recognized him as being one of Canada’s top songwriters. He was also one of Canada’s 13 song writers picked to write a road song about their province / territory for the CBC’s, great Canadian Song Quest 2011.
Brandon has just released his first solo album entitled; “Bluesman’s Plea”. Don’t let the title fool you; this is a very versatile and diverse roots album that truly reflects the music that he plays in his “Live” performances. The song’s showcase Ragtime, Delta Blues, Piedmont, Gospel as well as Swing styles. This album has just been nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award for 2012 Best Blues Album Of The Year.
Brandon is also known as the front man and main songwriter/guitar player for the Popular Canadian Jump band (The Twisters) based out of Vancouver, Canada.
Over the years Brandon has had a chance to play with some of his favorite musicians and main influences, such as: Corey Harris, Guy Davis, Taj Mahal, Colin Linden, Harrison Kennedy, Serena Ryder, The Sojourners and Jim Byrnes as well as electric greats like… Jeff Healy, Joe Louis Walker, Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne, and Chicago Blues Diva Zora Young just to name a few.
Brandon's affinity for the rawness and spontaneity of the blues is second to none, as anyone who has had the privilege of being a part of his audience will tell you. He brings a firebrand style of guitar as well as incredibly stirring vocals that truly has to be witnessed to be appreciated! He is VERY much in the moment as he rips it up, and we know you'll be impressed with the caliber of showmanship within his performance of songs & stories by this great Canadian artist.
"Brandon is amazing, and gives such an intimate, friendly concert, always
making people feel special. He brings the folks together. What a player, and
spectacular song writer! All this and he's so down to earth"
- M. Thibault - Osoyoos, B.C.