|Brandy Roberts, Reflections (P.B. Enterprises)|
Brandy Roberts was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, on December 16th, 1968. And he came out of a cultural mix of blues, country, jazz, and pop. He attended Agnew Elementary School in Shreveport, then went on to Loyalo College Prep. He began his musical career at the age of eight, when he started playing the organ. By the time he was fourteen, he saw Jerry Lee Lewis on tv, and his destination in life was set. He loved Jerry Lee Lewis and his music, and he love the piano licks. He started learning to play the piano, having a hard time at first playing the bass notes left-handed. But he got better, and then he got good. He got good enough to hoop up with the Jeff Burton Band in 1992, and headed for Japan for a five date tour. After Brandy graduated from high school, and had first worked with his father in the family meat shop, and later went on to work in several fast-floor outlets as a short-order cook. But by the early 90's, he had definitely set his mind on a music career. He got to play at numerous jamboree's, fairs and festivals around the Arkansas-Louisiana-Texas area, and finally got to meet his idol Jerry Lee Lewis, through Jerry's wife, Kerrie. She was instrumental in helping his career, as was Jerry's guitarist, Ken Lovelace. In 1996, Brandy was asked to be on Jerry's 40th Anniversary Show at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis. His piano style and his singing voice is like a young Jerry Lee's.
Brandy has been playing the past year at the Rio Palm Isle in Longview, Texas, one of the oldest showplace clubs in Texas. It began in 1935 and everyone from Hank Williams to Elvis Presley has played there in the early stages of their career. Brandy has been playing the piano with the house band from December 1997, up to December, 1998. But bussines for him is picking up. When he's not playing Thursday to Saturdays in Longview, demand for him at other clubs is now getting his attention.
Brandy claims that one of the best things that happened in 1998, was recording his first CD "Reflections"in Memphis in August, and with the Jerry Lee Lewis All Star Band, led by guitarist Kenneth Lovelace. The album contains two of his own compositions, including the great lead rockabilly number "Boogie Child," and a beautiful ballad titled "Blame It On Me." The album jacket cover has his idols standing behind him at the piano, with; Jerry Lee, Carl Perkins, Fats Domino and Chuck Berry.
If you like Jerry Lee and these other cool cats, then you'll like the music of Brandy Roberts. The album contains top notch versions of Fats' "I'M Ready," Carl's "Honey Don'T," and Jerry Lee's "I'M On Fire." There's a driving rockabilly rendition of Gene Autry's "Mexicali Rose" that outshines even Carl Mann's and Jerry Lee's version. Top tracks include "Too Rock For Country (And Too Country For Rock 'n' Roll)" and some great ballads like Big Al Downings's "Who You Gonna Run To" and the Rosco Wharton ballad "My Tomorrow'S." Ten great tracks, one great artist.
Exerpts from "A Taste Of Brandy"
Brandy Roberts has been a personal friend for many years. He is very talented in his field and I would highly recommend Brandy for any upcoming performances he may encounter.
Listeners Annual Rockabilly Awards awarded Brandy Roberts "The Entertainer of the Year Award" for best rockabilly CD of winter and spring 1998/1999. Also best new rockabilly entertainer of 1998/1999, presented on March 23, 1999.
Brandy has chosen a mix of up-front rock 'n' roll and country ballads, and some of the numbers are quite breathtaking. "Boogie Child," in which Brandy acknowledges his debt to Chuck Berry, Carl Perkins, Fats Domino and Jerry Lee Lewis, is as fine a piece of boogie woogie rock 'n' roll that I've heard in a long time.
Brandy Roberts makes no doubt who his idol is with this release. He rolls and he hammers just like The Killer himself. "Boogie Child," written by Roberts, sounds like it was out of a vault of early Jerry Lee songs.