Garett Brennan

Portland, OR United States

Genres:Folk, Country - Bluegrass, Blues - Acoustic
Bio: Not too old-timey Americana, this music is sweet, mellow and homey, and ages well. Sounds like: Woody Guthrie meets Tom Waits with a touch of JJ Cale and Neil Young. Influences: Fresh snow, yaks, well-delivered jokes, friends, skiing fast, tall trees, wind.
Garett Brennan and his four brothers grew up surrounded by Utah’s Mormon traditions. In the refuge of the snowy Wasatch Rockies, he learned at an early age that there were two places in the world where the oddities of Salt Lake’s culture could never penetrate: the deep wild powder in the canyons overlooking the promised land—where the offspring of miners, whores and fiddlers proudly celebrated and protected the serenity of flying down a mountain with wooden planks strapped to the feet—and the late night family parties with guitars and banjos and harmonies rocking the neighborhood to sleep.
Naturally, Brennan was drawn to music and performance at a young age. His tunes conjure up the fresh snow of mountains, the clear water of his adopted home in the Pacific Northwest, and the intimacy and jubilance of jamming with some of the top players in the Americana-Roots scene. Producer Cookie Marenco (Blue Coast Records, Windham Hill Records) describes him as “Woody Guthrie meets Tom Waits,” an apt comparison informed by Brennan’s penchant for crafting original poetic songs that sound like they've been around since dust, yet are instantly familiar and of this time.
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