Album Review - Branch & Dean (Self-Titled)
October 16, 2013
By: Dan Harr
The duo of Steve Branch and Dean Scallan have definitely been making a lot of noise on the career front as of late with their touching song “The Dash.” Written as a tribute to Branch’s son Theron, who passed away in March after a long battle with Cystic Fibrosis, the song has sparked emotions in countless Country Music fans all across the United States with the deep and meaningful lyrics of the song.
But, as tender as that song is, don’t think this album is loaded down with seriousness. Branch & Dean are a duo that knows how to have a good time, and it shows in their music. From tracks like “Buckle Bumpin” to “Radio Rider,” this duo possesses the ability to make you forget your troubles for three minutes at a time – which in this time and age, is a pretty good talent to have. Heck, even when they are singing about the love of their life leaving, like “Your Ol’ Lady’s Gone,” they do so with a smile on their face and a kick in their step, urging that it’s simply time to move on.
Ballads or uptempo rockers, Branch & Dean can seemingly do it all – and do it well. With their recent signing by longtime George Strait manager Erv Woolsey, the future looks to be notbing but bright for these Florida natives! And, when the music is this good, you have to reckon that’s a pretty good thing!