Southern California country music fans got introduced to newcomer Brandon Lay at the end of the Thanksgiving Weekend Sunday night (November 27th), courtesy of his solid, high-energy show at the Brandin’ Iron in San Bernardino.
His set was comprised of originals, as well as a large helping of “stuff we grew up on,” like covers of George Strait, Jackson Browne, and Tom Petty songs, among others. He also included Old Dominion‘s “Break Up with Him,” a nod to his tour with the band over the summer, and the songwriter’s version of Cole Swindell‘s “Home Game” (on the You Should Be Here album), a song Brandon says “changed my life by recording.”
Other highlights included originals like “Who’s Driving My Truck,” which Brandon introduced by reminiscing, “When I was 16, I bought a truck with 200,000 miles on it. The more I worked on it, the more it would break down,” and “Autopilot,” just recently written with Paul DiGiovanni of the pop-rock band Boys Like Girls.
With a new record deal and album on the way, the future looks bright for this promising up and comer!
- Born in Blue Jeans / The Joker (Steve Miller Band cover)
- Check Yes or No (George Strait cover)
- Running on Empty (Jackson Browne)
- Who’s Driving My Truck
- Won’t Back Down (Tom Petty cover)
- Pink Houses (John Mellencamp cover)
- Break Up with Him (Old Dominion cover)
- Keep Your Hands to Yourself (Georgia Satellites cover)
- Wagon Wheel
- Drivin’ My Life Away (Eddie Rabbitt cover)
- Stay Young
- Home Game (Cole Swindell cover)
- Dixieland Delight (Alabama cover)
- Speakers, Bleachers, and Preachers
- Sweet Home Alabama (Lynard Skynard cover)
- Yada Yada Yada
- Atlantic City