Former Dwight Yoakam sideman Brian Whelan headlines his own show at T. Boyle’s Saturday night By Bliss 02/19/2015 Some people spend years charting their life’s direction; others shift course midway — or multiple times — through their careers. Not Brian Whelan. From the time he was in kindergarten, when he fashioned a guitar out of cardboard and […]
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DWIGHT YOAKAM SIDEMAN TAKES CENTER STAGE WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM HIS HOUSTON FRIENDS Brian Whelan barely looks old enough to be shaving, but don’t let the boyish looks fool you: This Seattle native is a battle-hardened veteran of the music wars. Whelan has been around the block more than once working as a side […]
Singer’s musical versatility sets him apart from crowd By Andrew Dansby March 21, 2013 Brian Whelan‘s most visible gig these days is playing guitar, keys, pedal steel and accordion in Dwight Yoakam’s band, which meant he had a busy 2012 playing on and touring behind Yoakam’s excellent “3 Pears.” But Whelan’s new album, “Decider,” makes […]
Brian Whelan: Decider By Steven Spoerl Former Broken West member steps out on his own and delivers. After spending time in both the Broken West and in Dwight Yoakam’s band, that Decider would sound like it does shouldn’t come as a surprise. It’s gorgeously textured powerpop that carries a great deal of vintage Americana influences […]
Brian’s song “Everything” will appear in tonight’s (Wednesday February 13th, 2013) episode of the ABC television show Nashville! The show airs @ 10pm (9pm Central).
From The Shamrock Connection It’s Delightful, It’s De-Lovely, It’s Decider. Wednesday, January 23, 2013 By Mikayla Khramov It’s hard folk and rock and roll. It’s that feeling you get when you’re on the road, and you roll down the windows, and you turn up the stereo. That free-spirit sensation-that’s what you get when you put in Brian […]
“Decider—Los Angeles singer-songwriter Brian Whelan’s solo debut after making a couple of records with Brokedown (a.k.a. the Broken West) and playing in Dwight Yoakam’s touring band—is classicist guitar rock with country-rock and rockabilly shadings, confidently occupying similar musical space to guys like Brendan Benson and Marshall Crenshaw. The opening title track is a muscular, hooky […]
“Brian Whelan, Decider (Three Moves Equals a Fire) This is good power pop, a 21st century version of the feel-good California pop music of the ’70’s. “High And Lonesome” is one of several spots Whelan and Ross Flournoy on guitar sound like Keith Richards and Brian Jones might if they’d grown up as West Coast […]
Brian appears on the Buzz Bands LA list: “Popular With Me 2012: Finale of Buzz Bands LA’s favorite local songs of the year” Check it out here!