New Album - New Heart Valve: Brandon Jenkins to chart first week album sales of ‘Tail Lights In A Boomtown’ from bed rest
Edit: It's with great sadness that I report that Brandon Jenkins has passed-away from complications from his heart surgery.
***I will update with more information on how to help the family as soon as things settle a bit***
Brandon Jenkins is back with a new album this Friday, unfortunately he spent the last several days in a hospital bed. Last week Brandon was taken to the ER, and after some testing, it looks like the Red Dirt Legend is going to be getting a new heart valve in the very near future. Good news is this: He is now back at home as he awaits the expensive surgery.
First, let’s talk about the new album: There is an overwhelmingly positive feeling in much of Brandon’s music, and that has never been more abundantly clear than with this newest release, ‘Tail Lights In A Boomtown’. I’m sure by now you have all heard “Be the Revival”, but the album is full of uplifting songs like it, all with that Jenkins touch that you can’t mistake for anyone else.
There are 10 great songs on this album, but a few really grabbed me. The album starts with “Turn On The Lights”, a catchy uplifting song (You’re going to notice a common theme here). Next we roll into “Somersault”, an upbeat finger-picker about being one-step ahead. The middle of the album finds us with the slow and steady “Fade to Black” and “Till The End Of The World”. You have yourself a great Stoney duet in the mix, you all know “Be The Revival” by now, but another top-shelf uplifting song is “Other Side of the Wall”, easily my favorite on the album. This is a great release start-to-finish, and it flows well.
In life, I don’t know that I would put a name on it, but I do believe that the world tends to work in your favor if you put good vibes out there. Brandon has been entertaining us for decades, and has done more than his fair share of free shows for charity. With that in mind it’s time to put our money where our mouth is for Brandon.
It’s pretty common knowledge that most independent artists aren’t exactly well insured or wealthy, so when something happens they need scramble a bit. I don’t know Brandon’s situation with insurance or cash in the bank, but I do know that he chooses to make a living entertaining you and I and a true fan does more than listen on Spotify, which is not exactly known for keeping the checks pouring in for artists.
There are several things we can do to directly benefit Brandon during this tough time, most of which include getting something for your hard-earned dollar.
#1: Buy the new album (Digital or physical) – I’ve listened to it several times now, it’s great, trust me. It’s available on common digital platforms for Pre-order and releases Friday. https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/tail-lights-in-a-boomtown/1325390870
#2: Buy one of his older albums – Remind yourself why you became a fan with one of his earlier works.
#3: Buy some merch – Proudly display that you are a fan, this is one of the most profitable ways for an artist to make money these days - http://brandonjenkins.com/merchandise
#4: Buy a Hearts Beat For Jenkins t-shirt – It’s a great design and all profits go into Brandon’s hand, thanks to his drummer Michael Fitch http://topcottonprinting.bigcartel.com/product/brandon-jenkins-fundraiser-hearts-beat-for-jenkins (These started shipping yesterday, can't wait to get mine)
#5: Go to the benefit concert on February 18th at Rockin Rodeo in Denton TX – Almost 3 dozen artists already signed up to play! https://www.facebook.com/events/197487974329188/
#6: Donate directly to Brandon - https://www.paypal.me/BrandonJenkins682
#7: Listen to Brandon on a streaming service all day - You will be entertained, and even though it’s not much money is his pocket, it costs you nothing to do.
I enjoy independent music because of how communal it is, and all this fundraising for Brandon is proof. Right now there is a Red Dirt giant that needs a little extra love, and he just happens to have a great new album that you can purchase (Rather than stream) to help him move forward from his current predicament with as little lingering financial strain as possible. I’m not saying you have to send cash, but if you are a fan, make sure that you are doing whatever you can to help this guy out so he can bring us the next great album.
Get Well Brandon!