Fans should be expecting an exciting show from Brandon Rhyder Friday night at the Brownwood Reunion. Following Exit 343 and Logan Sharp, this rising artist in the Texas music scene from Austin will headline at 10:30 p.m. and he is looking forward to being in Brownwood.
“I have hunted dove around Brownwood, but I have never been there. I’m looking forward to get to know the people, put faces with names and give our music to people who haven’t heard it before,” Rhyder said.
Although Rhyder is not necessarily familiar with Brownwood, he is very familiar with playing at events such as Brownwood Reunion Celebration.
“During the entire summer we have had more opportunities to do festivals and outdoor events. We always give 100 percent. It’s going to be a good time,” Rhyder said.
The good time that Rhyder is talking about will include a variety of songs and music from several of his records, including his sixth record, set to come out at the beginning of next year.
“They [Brownwood fans] can expect a lot from my latest album, “Conviction,” some from “Every Night” which has been out about a year and probably five or six songs off my new record which has no co-writes,” Rhyder said.
Rhyder, who was Texas born and raised in Carthage in East Texas, did not start out from birth a musician like many music artists today. In fact, Rhyder’s Bachelor of Science degree in industrial technology with a minor in political science from the University of Texas in Tyler, reflects nothing of any interest in music.
However, it was not long after his graduation from college that Rhyder found music and found guitar in 1998 which prompted his move to Austin in 1999.
“It was like love at first sight. I had always written poetry and I had all these songs in my head but I never put the words down until I found the guitar. I found my passion,” Rhyder said.
Although it has been over a decade since he first discovered music, Rhyder is still amazed at how far he and the people he has worked with have come.
“I never could have dreamt this. If someone told me 10 years ago that today this is where I’d be, I never would have believed them,” Rhyder said.
“We have made a lot of progress in the last 10 years and it’s been a good decade. We have worked our tails off. I have great management and a great, great band,” Rhyder said.
Along with the love of music, Rhyder said he has a love for writing songs as well. His album coming out next year, will probably be self-titled, Rhyder said and it is filled with songs completely by him.
“One thing that I can cut it down to is song writing,” Rhyder said about his greatest accomplishment.
“I pride myself on writing music and I put great detail and pay attention to what I like,” Rhyder said.
As for Rhyder’s experience as a music artist, he says that it is almost like living two different lives between being a musician and having a family with his wife Kelli, his son, Dusty, who is 3-1/2 years old and his 15-month-old baby girl, Mahala.
“When I get home, no matter how late I was up the night before, to my kids, I’m Daddy. When I get back on this bus and back on the road I’m Brandon Rhyder. It’s important to separate the two,” Rhyder said.
Rhyder has been working hard over the last 10 years between being a full time singer/songwriter and being a family man, but he says he has no intention of slowing down anytime soon.
“I would like to spread nationally, maybe even globally. That’s what we are working on next, promoting and pushing our music nationally and having a national tour,” Rhyder said.
“I aspire to be a national band. After that I would also love to play in Europe,” Rhyder said.
With a new single due in six weeks and the new album to hit stores in February, Rhyder is on the way to meet his dreams and to him it’s just a ride.
“It never feels like working. It’s just what I do,” Rhyder said.
For more information on Brandon Rhyder and his music, go to his website at www.brandonrhyder.com or find his page on Facebook, Myspace and Twitter.