BRELAND's back in town folks.
Blazing his own trail with aspirational country trap affirmations, BRELAND has found a distinctive balance between Nelly and Keith Urban, Blanco Brown and Shania Twain, all artists he's gone on to support live or collaborate with this early in his career.
From his Holler Live Session alone, you can see why the New Jersey-raised artist has quickly cemented his standing in the country music landscape. Joined by his guitarist and pal Christian Crawford, the pair join us at the Betsey Trotwood pub to offer us three select tracks from "the point guard"'s back catalogue.
Kicking off with 'Natural', Breland quickly lets loose across Crawford's jazzy chords, hopping up through key changes without breaking a sweat. The song itself is a sunny celebration of that all natural country girl back home that ain't afraid to get her hands dirty, " She drink like her daddy / And when she gets the night off she dance her heels off".
"This next one is really dope because, at a CMA after party in the states, I ran into Charles Kelley" BRELAND explains. "I was like 'hey man, I'm a huge fan of Lady A and i would love to write with you at some point'.
"Sometimes, in those situations, an artist will say 'yeah, let's do it' and have no intention of meeting up. But we actually got together the following week, he's a man of his word; we got to write this song and I was able to to get Lady A on it".
Introducing 'Told You I Could Drink', it's another sultry, RnB inflected number, this time a clever play on getting over someone, with the help of one or two bottles; "I'll drink you under the table / outta my head / over the memories of you in my bed".
Closing out with 'Happy Song', BRELAND mellows the mood with his regretful and despondent admission of not yet being over someone, the crushing realisation that the song you shared with your partner now holds too many bittersweet memories the true twist of it all.
One of our most engaging and vibrant recordings to date, this is BRELAND for the Holler Live Sessions.
Director: Dan Monro
Cameras: Dan Monro, Tom Francome, Nick Richards and Joe Monk
Audio Engineer: Nathaniel Kastoryano
Editor: Dan Monro (Lookout Productions)
Producers: Ross Jones & Gemma Donahoe