"We'll Be Alright," is my second full-length studio album, recorded at Same Sky Productions in Austin, TX. In total, there are nine new songs, plus a bonus acoustic version of "Don't Be Afraid," from my debut release, BRAVE BONES. Expected release date for pre-orders is April 15th, 2021
What a long journey it has been for me to be able to present you with this, my debut album, Brave Bones! I put everything I've got into making this record. It has challenged me in ways I never thought imaginable. I have grown. I have been humbled. I have been uplifted. And I feel incredibly grateful.
The album begins with "Don't Be Afraid" and ends with the title track, "Brave Bones." I wrote the songs on this album over the course of the past decade where one of the dominant themes of my life has been confronting my deepest fears. These songs have helped me heal and reunite with a part of myself that I lost somewhere along the way. My greatest hope would be that they will do the same for others.
All of the funding for this record was raised 100% voluntarily by donors just like you. The recording & manufacturing costs alone totaled over $20,000, which is something I believe is important to recognize. We live in a culture that has lost touch with the value of music because it is so widely available for little to no money at all. My hope is that this may shed some light on the financial reality of being an independent artist and even more so to validate that your contribution made it possible to create this album!
Brandon Wayne DeMaris has been immersed in the landscape of the Austin music community for nearly 20-years and now with the release of his second full-length studio album, “We’ll Be Alright,” he adds one more patch to the quilt of cultural heritage that Texas is known for.
With hints of John Prine and Bob Dylan, DeMaris considers his latest release something of an homage to the legendary Texas song-meisters who came before him, including a track titled “Viva Terlingua,” a throwback to the late Jerry Jeff Walker who passed away in the midst of the recording process. In total, the album includes ten original songs professionally recorded at Same Sky Productions in Austin, TX, by producer David Messier together with co-producer and accompanying musician, Dave Madden. The album concludes with the title track, “We’ll Be Alright,” featuring a duet with songstress, Erin Ivey.
A Pennsylvania native, DeMaris studied drum set performance at Berklee College of Music with an idealized dream of becoming a “rock star.” Upon graduating in 2004, he made his way to Austin to forge a career in the music business starting out as an unpaid intern for blues icon, Jimmie Vaughan. The dream of stardom is still alive in DeMaris, however it has been humbly grounded by the unfavorable odds against professional musicians in this modern era. Today, DeMaris runs his own concert production company, Good Wolf Entertainment, serving the Austin music community and beyond including his own formidable involvement launching music non-profit Black Fret, and the MusiCares Sober Jam. DeMaris attributes his time spent investing in the Austin music community as one of the inspirations for his own transformation as an artist:
“I believe success is the pursuit of passion and for me, the centerpiece of my world has always been music. My hope is that in creating a better world for artists & musicians, I may widen the path for my own artistic pursuits. It was quite a journey for me to move from the drum kit, which is often unlit at the back of the stage, into the lime light as a multi-instrumental singer songwriter. My debut album, “Brave Bones” was a testimony to the many layers of fear I had to conquer in order to claim my place in this world as an Artist.
On the heels of 2020, a time of global pandemonium and perpetual unrest, DeMaris emerges with a soothing declaration, “We’ll Be Alright.” The album cover, a candid photo from the artist lounge at Same Sky Productions, taken by photographer Nicola Gell, pictures DeMaris gazing up at a mural of entangled squid legs surrounding a model human head. The image somehow perfectly encapsulates both the tragedy and bewilderment of our present times.
In conjunction with the release of “We’ll Be Alright,” DeMaris also celebrates his “Over-The-Hill” 40th birthday. For some, this is a point in life where we begin looking forward to retirement and contemplating our inevitable end. As for Brandon Wayne DeMaris, it is plain to see, he is just getting started.