What started as calamity ended up becoming Brian Roessler’s defining moment as a songwriter. Having just lost the tip of his ring finger on his fretting hand in an accident, Brian felt completely lost. Playing guitar was more than a hobby or a part-time job. It was a release, an avenue for emotive lyrics, a connection to other people. Sitting in the emergency room that night, it felt as if all of that had been taken away.
Creativity and resilience are often born from diversity, and soon Brian found himself exploring tunings and rhythmic patterns that allowed him to play without using the injured finger. Soon, these alternate tunings and rhythms became more than just temporary; they became a signature sound that changed the way Brian wrote songs and differentiated his music from his friends and peers.
Mostly known for his live, solo-acoustic shows, Brian has just finished writing the songs for his sixth album. Previous music is available on CD Baby, Apple Music, iTunes, Amazon, Bandcamp, Spotify, Pandora and many other streaming services.
Stream on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/3lWbWkCMSoxsifLdM4dSpF
Live video playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLXcqA5JoYkkAl4U7BWJ0EZmnEjMMyG4gS
Reverbnation Page: http://www.reverbnation.com/brianroessler
…but I do like to interpret a song or two. I’ll be honest; I’ve probably forgotten twice the number songs that I cover than I actually name here, but here is a list of artists whose songs that I have covered at recent shows off the top of my head:
Amos Lee, The Avett Brothers, Bastille, Bright Eyes, Dawes, Death Cab for Cutie, Frank Turner, Jason Isbell, John Moreland, The Killers, Monsters of Folk, Neutral Milk Hotel, Old 97’s, Panic at the Disco, Ray LaMontagne
Alice in Chains, Barenaked Ladies, Ben Harper, Better than Ezra, Black Crows, Blues Traveller, Bush, Chumbawumba, Counting Crows, Dave Matthews, Deep Blue Something, Duncan Sheik, Fastball, Flogging Molly, Garth Brooks, Gin Blossoms, Green Day, James, Live, Matchbox 20, Matthew Sweet, Oasis, Pearl Jam, Seven Mary Three, Smoking Popes, Snoop Dog/The Gourds, Social Distortion, Sugar, They Might Be Giants, Wheatus
Aha!, Crowded House, The Cure, Depeche Mode, Marvin Gaye, Men at Work, Modern English, New Order, The Outfield, Peter Gabriel, Poison, Prince, Ramones, REM, The Smiths, Tears for Fears, U2, Violent Femmes, Wham
The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Bob Marley, Frank Sinatra, Gloria Gaynor, Johnny Cash, John Prine, Peter Tosh, Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones, Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, Townes Van Zandt, Willie Nelson
Here’s a rundown of the gear I use
Guitars: Parkwood PW 360, Parkwood PW 370, Parkwood H2
Microphone: Blue Encore 200
Amplification: Fishman SA 330, Fishman Loudbox Artist, Fishman Loudbox Charge, JBL 610
Pedals: TC Electronic and Behringer
Mixers: Presonus AR8, Behringer X-Air 12
Strings: D’Addario Bluegrass, GHS White Bronze
Good news! I’m a solo performer. That means I don’t need too much from a venue. For many shows, I just plug my mic and guitar into a PreSonus AR8 (to record myself and bluetooth for set breaks) and run that out to a Fishman SA 330 and/or a JBL 610.
In the case I need to plug-in, I will need a power supply and 2 XLR cables run from the system. If I must exclusively use a location’s equipment, it’s a mic and a DI.