The Evolve Bank and Trust Cooper Young Festival is proud to announce the Headliner for our 27th anniversary is Cory Branan performing on the Main Stage from 5:15 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
It has been said that Cory Branan has been too punk for country, too country for punk, too Memphis for Nashville, and probably a little too Cory Branan for anyone’s good. In the past 15 years, he has proven himself as a top-notch songwriter, fierce lyricist and a performer with the ability to fingerpick finer than 1960s Greenwich Village folkies and brutally strum like a proto punk shredder. Across three albums, he’s made collective struggles poetic and breakthroughs into sympathetic acts of populist heroism.
Cory Branan is a natural-born storyteller, his seemingly conversational, painstakingly crafted anecdotes benefitting from a hard-eyed stare at life experiences. Cory’s gift for detail and phrase-turning is a thing of wonder. Cory has a well-documented history with groups like former label mates Lucero, musicians of his ilk who trend toward the rawer end of roots music and rock stars like Chris Carrabba who has covered Cory’s gorgeous “Tall Green Grass” and been a reoccurring tour mate.
Never one to shy away from an itinerary of non-stop cross-country shows, Cory possesses a unique performance style that enables him to gravelly sing a coy double entendre in one ear of the audience, while yelling the most beautiful love song into the other.
In addition, we are pleased to highlight the following musical performances on three stages the day of the festival. The Main Stage is sponsored by Evolve Bank & Trust, Coors Light and The Commercial Appeal. The Main Stage is located just west of Young Avenue Deli.