A self-taught pianist by the age of ?, Brandon Giles is "hell come to town" on piano. Over the years, he has developed his own unique sound by taking the influences of rock 'n' roll artists such as Elvis, Rolling Stones, The Doors, Hank Williams, Jr. and Jerry Lee Lewis and combined that musical energy with a newer, hard rocking beat. "It's kind of like Little Richard meets AC/DC on steroids," says Giles. Brandon can showcase his style best when playing his original music. However, his live shows are infused with a mix of hard rocking honky-tonk classics, electrifying blues and boogie-woogie standards which will bring the audience to their feet and leave them wanting more.
Giles was born in Magnolia, Arkansas where he lived on a farm for 18 years. Working as a child in the fields of his uncle's watermelon and pea patches, he quickly realized that his real life's ambition was elsewhere. After high school he left for Jonesboro, Arkansas where he attended Arkansas State University to study Communications and Art. While at ASU, he earned his real education on the weekend visits to the clubs and honky-tonks in nearby Memphis. During this time, Brandon would make frequent appearances playing piano at Earnestene & Hazel's club. According to Giles, "I would play and sing in the saloons and the audiences would tip me. It took about three seconds after that first dollar hit my pocket to realize that my pea-picking and watermelon-vine-turning days were over."
Upon graduating from ASU, Giles made a leap of faith and moved his musical career to the true Music City, Nashville, Tennessee. Not long after hitting town, he landed a regular gig at Nashville's premier outlaw honky-tonk club, Laylas Bluegrass Inn, on historic Lower Broadway. At Layla’s, Brandon quickly honed his craft into what he likes to call a "crash course of honky-tonk chicken-wire, brick wall, shotgun nightclub entertaining.” Forget New York City, if you can make it (or survive) down there you can make it anywhere!
During his time in Nashville, Giles honed his songwriting skills, penning songs like “Natural Born Talent" which is an autobiographical tune. He has collaborated with Grammy-winning producer, Tom Hambridge, as well as Tre Twitty, grandson of the legendary Conway Twitty, Michael Buller, and Joe Denim. “Writing with such accomplished writers that understood the way I performed was a must for me. I will not sing anything I don’t like or wouldn't listen to myself. I never considered myself a songwriter until I realized that I was making up new songs onstage nearly every show. For example, a woman was dancing in front of us one night in a mermaid costume and she immediately got a song written on the spot about her, which I won’t repeat the lyrics to here. I’d done that all my life. So I guess I am a songwriter,” Giles says. Giles has officially written or co-written tracks for all of his albums, including: “Some Sunny Day,” “Honky Tonk Hellraiser,” “Hell On Heels,” and “Devil On Both Shoulders.”
In the fall of 2020, Brandon relocated to the Gulf Coast and now relishes the beach life, residing in Orange Beach, Alabama. He can be found playing his heart out around the greater Pensacola and Orange Beach areas regularly at venues such as Flora-Bama, Hub Stacey’s, The Purple Parrot, The Front Porch, The Sports Bar, San Bar, Whiskey Joe’s and more, as well as touring the nation with his 5 piece band "The Stop Drop & Roll Band" featuring legendary New York saxophonist, Lars Espensen, formerly of the A-Bones and The Churchkeys and world renowned rockabilly stand-up bass player, “Doghouse” Dave Caluger.
Over the past several years, Brandon has played with many notable musicians on various projects. He has played with Les Paul in Time Square in New York City, appeared on Monday Night Football, and performed with Mickey Gilley at his theater in Branson, Missouri. Recently he has opened shows in arenas for Trent Tomlinson, Juice Newton, Paul Revere and the Raiders, Joe Diffie, Lee Brice and Lee Greenwood. He has also played with the infamous Kid Rock and the legendary Ray Charles. He also played the role of Lewis in the musical live stage version. Giles has performed across Europe in Germany and Poland as well as most of the United States.
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