Bryan Lewis is country; from the brim of his hat, to his well-worn boot heels. Born and bred in the hinterlands of Ohio, Bryan grew up at wide place in the road called Wilkin's Corner. His bloodline, however, flows out of the music-haunted hills of Kentucky . Young Bryan's musical bent showed itself early as he roamed the dirt roads and hayfields of Wilkin's Corner with a transistor radio pressed to his ear getting his country education from "professors" with names like Haggard, Jennings, and Jones. It wasn't long before he picked up his dad's old Gibson to see if he could make it talk like his heroes did.
After high school, Bryan followed his cowboy dreams and started competing in rodeos on the weekends, often giving promoters a "two-fer" by riding the bulls and then performing his music for appreciative crowds (when he wasn't too stoved up!). He traveled this trail for a few years until a hand injury forced him to choose between the bulls or the ballads - a whole lot of folks in Ohio think he made the right choice.
When the decision was made there was no stopping Bryan Lewis. Whereas before he saw himself primarily as a songwriter who sang on occasion, now he set about becoming a full fledged country performer. The results have been electrifying. One of those rare performers who is as comfortable on stage as off, Bryan and his "friends" (Bryan prefers to think of the folks who come to see him as friends rather than "fans") have such a degree of give and take during his high energy shows that it makes his concerts feel less like some artificially scripted affair and more like one of those family reunions back in old Kentucky.
Of course, none of this matters without the music. In the techno-digitized-cyber obsessed age we live in, a whole lot of the folks are looking for someone authentic who speaks their language. Bryan's music celebrates the inherent dignity of the working man, the devotion of husbands and wives, and the triumphs and tragedies of the folks who do most of the laughin' and cryin', livin' and dyin' on this journey we're all on.
Bryan's own journey has led him to opportunities to perform shows with
country greats like Tracy Lawrence, Confederate Railroad, Lonestar,
David Allan Coe, Ronnie McDowell and Charlie Louvin. At CMA Fest 2009
Bryan realized a dream as he performed with one of his musical heroes,
the legendary Charlie Daniels. Also, Bryan has been honored by "The
Will Smith Foundation", a children's charity based in San Antonio,
by having his hope-filled song "Heaven" serve as the organization's
theme song. The future is bright for this talented young fellow from
a wide place in the road. You owe it to yourself to check out what many
of the folks have already found out: Bryan Lewis is the real deal.
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