Rodney Branigan: ‘One Seed’ review – beautiful folk with liquid fingerpicking

Fresh from a breathtaking set at Glastonbury this summer London-based American singer-songwriter Rodney Branigan has returned with single ‘One Seed’.

This is the first taste of his new album set for a September release – and after this we are excited to hear what else is to come.

This is an emotive, timeless song inspired by the celebrated musician’s birthplace of Amarillo, Texas and showcases his liquid fingerpicking and heartfelt vocals.

It makes you swell with sadness, but reminds you of the excitement you felt when you know you have to leave something behind in order to move on in life – something everyone can relate to.

“One Seed is the most personal and honest song I have written. ‘Where I’m from, the trees don’t grow up and down because the wind blows so, and the seedlings fly away’ was a line that I wrote in my journal in a moment of homesickness for my hometown of Amarillo,” explains Rodney.

“The High Plains is a place where life can be very hard. It’s unbearably hot in the summer, cold in the winter, and the wind there is famously harsh and constant.

“Trees don’t really grow there naturally and the ones that arrived with the settlers grow in a bent way towards the east. When I was a teenager, I couldn’t get away fast enough to start a life of my own.

“I travelled the world over and lived in major cities, but when asked I still say home is Amarillo. I came to realise that the hardships of that place and that life was the stuff that made me who I am, and I learned with time to be grateful.”

Rodney Branigan learned to play in Austin, perform in Los Angeles, craft songs in Nashville, and put it all together in London.

Rodney has toured the USA coast-to-coast, performed as far and wide as China, India and Africa, and opened for Jack Johnson, Billy Bragg and G-Love.