"This album is dedicated to all those who love the sounds of Spanish modal influenced Latin Jazz and groove music. I found myself drawn to this kind of music like a moth to a flame. Enjoy!
I love song writing and being somewhat of a growing word-smith... never fancied myself as a proficient or technical musician but a writer... I do pride myself though in my First Nations culture as a strong Native American Indian artist who has a life full of experience to shake your consciousness... seems what I'm put here for... share the stories... its what our people do best. but thanks for stumbling across my debris... if you're listening beware... some set your imagination afire... then your pretty much a client for therapy! (laughs)... for 30 years I wrote songs... some personally prophetic... you know how that turns out... some narrative... then I moved to Hollyweird to work and live with one of the foremost innovators of the Gospel Rock genre... the late great Larry Norman... lived to see my own healing... in Lars I gained a brother and a family... damn I miss him... ya then I spit out some more songs... saved em to an old cassette then tried to forget 'em... LA kind of put me off... I saw what the entertainment machine did to artist integrity... I saw the pervasive force it wielded... how it pressured artists to play to itching ears... or whatever sells at the time... so I retreated to the majestic west coast of British Columbia - Canada... carrying the hesitation to share the music... my life then took a wonderful turn... all strife was torn away... her name Tapweh Mahigan... she is "Truthful Wolf" CREE named Tapweh Mahigan - my wife - my Mohawk princess... LIVER ALONE CHEESE MINE! (laughs)... she was there when the chord was cut and the free fall left me spinning... I owe her my life... now there is no hesitation"- Brander
Creator Manitou- The One and Only One. My wife, my hero -Tapweh Mahigan "Truthful Wolf . Our spiritual Uncle Herman DanMy brother in The Way - the late Larry Norman, the guardian Charles Normal, the late great Steve Mulkey, my amigo Jose Villalpando, Jah Man - Nick Chursinoff, Carolyn Arends, Ken Cormier, Clint Carlton, Sean Robinson, Steve Williams, Dr. Dan P Kelley.
INFLUENCES:"Of course Larry Norman. I am intrigued by artists like Bob Dylan, Putomayo-world music, Afro Cuban Allstars -,Ry Cooder, Chief Dan George- in movies, Robert Redford, John Trudell, in the movie - Incident at Oglala, Johnny Cash, Mark Knopfler, Bruce Cockburn, Slash, The Edge, Carlos Santana, Coldplay, Bob Marley, Niel Young, The Police, Jimi Hendrix, Hank Williams, Tom Petty, The Who, Nat King Cole, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Sade, Louis Armstrong, & my old school- Columbia Academy - Vancouver..." -Brander
REVIEW: "Brander started guitar at the age of 18 and very quickly developed to writing and performing his own songs a year later with a band. His vocal styles give impressions of Bob Dylan, Bruce Cockburn,Mark Knopfler, Sting, Santana and Bob Marley. His guitar work is blues, jazz, reggae and alternative styles. By the age of 30 he had amassed over 200 songs, recorded privately hundreds of ideas.
1993 he work and live with the late Larry Norman (the Gospel Rock innovator) as a producer’s assistant & opening act for Solid Rock records Studio City, California. The 1994 LA earthquake brought him back to Canada. In 2000 he played live with Larry at Creationfest West.
Brander has quietly carved a wonderful body of music and is now eager to share it.