Decker performs at Well Red Coyote

Brandon Decker

Brandon Decker

Local musician Brandon Decker will perform a special concert on Friday, July 8, at 6:30 p.m., at The Well Red Coyote bookstore in West Sedona.

"Every song is like a prayer," says a fan of Decker's. This is not to say that either he or his music is religious by any means, but his songs delve into the human heart and the human condition. Not quite rock, not quite folk, his acoustic-based music draws upon a variety of influences, from Leonard Cohen to Tom Waits, from Cat Power to PJ Harvey.

Click "play" to hear "Bleedin Blisters".

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Decker is a storyteller concerned with the chasm between how life is and how it could be. Speaking on the 2009 release of his debut album, LONG DAYS Decker said about his music, "in every song I'm taking a moment and trying to work through it honestly and sincerely."

Decker continues such work on his recent release, LONG AS THE NIGHT, which he describes as "white boy gospel" - his second release from Sedona independent label Mescal Porch Records. Part gospel, part spaghetti western, part folk rock, the album features eerie organs, reverb-laden choirs, and triumphant horns while bringing a fuller band sound than his debut.

"It's all about surrounding yourself with good people - musicians, friends, and family," said Decker regarding the fuller arrangement on the new album.

Click "play" to hear "We Used to Sing".

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Decker has given 150-plus performances in Arizona and across the country in the last year and a half to support the release of his two albums and is presently back writing, performing and recording an EP for release this fall.

This special performance is free and open to the public.

The Well Red Coyote is located at 3190 W. Highway 89A, at the corner of 89A and Dry Creek Road.

For more information, call 282-2284 or go to www.wellredcoyote.com.

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