Bryan Adam Joyner
Songwriter Bryan Adam Joyner's first guitar was a string-less toy guitar from Sears. Excitedly, he strummed along to "That'll Be The Day" by Lubbock's own Buddy Holly over and over until the record skipped so much it wasn't playable. The 1978 film "The Buddy Holly Story" fueled a life-long passion for music in the 7-year old. Born in Ranger, Texas in 1971, Bryan's family moved to Mineral Wells, Texas in 1977 to pursue his father's dream to own his own grocery store. The family worked long days at the store, and evenings were often spent listening to Willie, Waylon, Haggard, and Jones on the record and 8-track player. But the happy times soon ended. The collapse of the Texas oil industry in the 80s brought on the collapse of Joyner's Food Store. Bryan's dad turned to whiskey, and his mother collapsed mentally and emotionally. Neither one ever recovered. Bryan turned to music as an outlet, immersing himself in hard rock. The toy guitar was exchanged for a real six string. In 1989, while attending college at Texas A&M, Bryan rediscovered his country roots and found he could sing a little. Strait, Yoakum and Black cassettes could be found on the dash of his F150, and the guitar, once left behind, found its way to College Station. In 2004, Bryan attended the American Jam at Gruene Hall. The annual music festival had a profound impact on him. Cory Morrow, Charlie Robison, Cross Canadian Ragweed, and Reckless Kelly moved him to write his own songs which before he had never thought he could do. Bryan has been writing, performing and recording ever since. His first solo album, JUST ME, was released in July of 2014. You'll find in Bryan's music some of his dad's honky-tonk, some of the rock he turned to when his life was falling apart, some of the Strait, Black and Yoakum he sang in his F150, some of his favorite songwriters such as fellow MTM-member Hayes Carll and Sean McConnell, and some of his songwriting buddies such as Rory Payne and Jeff Hopson. The subject matter is close to his heart. It is typically about his own life experiences where the song is an outlet for emotions that he sometimes has difficulty expressing, such as his anger at his father for his alcoholism, or his overwhelming sadness and desperation he experienced throughout his divorce. Give a listen and become the newest Bryan Adam Joyner fan today. You can thank us later.
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