Earl Brackin is a singer/songwriter who for the last 20 years has made his home in North Georgia. Growing up in the South, he was influenced by the music of his family as well as the tunes of the times. His dad was a woodwind specialist and a band director. His mom played piano, violin and cello. Earl’s earliest memories were of swing music and close vocal harmonies. He learned to play guitar as a means to accompany his singing but soon was captivated by the acoustic sound. As a writer, he draws from these varied musical influences.
Earl is also a storyteller. His smooth voice and haunting rhythms draw the listener into the story of each song. From golden maples flickering in the fall breeze to grits stuck in the lipstick of a sassy Southern belle, he splashes color into fresh new perspectives on the prosaic American life.
A Florida native, Earl has spent his life in small southern towns amid family and friends that helped inspire his writing. For the past two decades, he has lived in the music-rich ridge and valley region of northwest Georgia. His 2011 album “Looking for a Story” features nostalgic looks back on summer days long gone, barefoot strolls through the park and children who grew up too fast.
Recent years since the album’s release have been a whirlwind for Earl as a performer. He was invited to bring his band to Russia for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Busking in plazas and on trains throughout the city, they regaled spectators from around the world who had gathered for the games.
As a writer, his music has also garnered critical accolades. Earl was honored by the International Bluegrass Musicians Association as one of ten songwriters featured on their Songwriters Showcase at the IBMA Convention in Nashville. His song “Big Leagues” was selected for the title track of Bluegrass Bands Helping Hands’ third album, which raised money for a baseball field for special needs children. Another favorite, “Grits on Her Lipstick,” was included on Scenic City Sampler which features songs and artists from the Chattanooga area.
He is now crafting his third solo project, an acoustic interpretation of classic Appalachian hymns. Accompanied by an upright bass, fiddle and resophonic guitar, Earl has experimented with different arrangements and added an Americana feel to the familiar melodies. The acoustic sounds are a nod to the history of the Appalachian region, meant to be experienced in the pews of century-old wooden churches. The release is expected in June of 2016.
When not touring with his band or playing solo at singer/songwriter venues, Earl can be heard playing mandolin for the North Georgia-based bluegrass group Spatial Effects, known for its humorous and off-the-wall original tunes.