Welcome to Briz's "Juke Joint!"
" Reminds me of Neil Young singing Roy Orbison. He really is that good" -Steve O'Donahue-Stereo Graffiti Radio
"Neil Young and Springsteen influenced songwriter sings sweet, plays hard and delivers a knockout song"
"Briz’s real strength lies in the characters, whom are so real and whose stories are so melancholic that you can’t help but think they were culled from real life".
- Cody Conard -Neotomic Webzine
a soulful voice combined with a tremendous gift for songwriting. influences of dylan, springsteen and neil young can be heard throughout his music as he blends both pop sensibility and folk tradition to create lyrics that are uniquely memorable and music that is commercially accessible yet brutally poignant.
briz plays guitar, ukulele, banjo and adds a bluesy style of harmonica to many of his numbers. a relative newcomer to americana music, briz has already shared the stage with such great acts as; dan bern, steve forbert, chris barron, the lovin' spoonful, gin blossoms,the band’s jim weider, colleen sexton, small potatoes, leslie ritter & scott petito, bill kirchen (lead guitarist for commander cody), and more!
steeped in traditional folk, briz's music cannot be relegated to any one genre. his songs reflect a love of rock, pop & blues as well as folk, which may be why he attracts such a varied audience at his shows. he pays homage to all the great folk artists that came before but adds a more contemporary edge to his songs. he is comfortable writing music about personal relationships as well as social issues and political satire.
briz's musical saga "freedom stairway", based on the slave narratives of the 1930's is being performed at libraries, schools and other venues as an educational multi-media show. his other scholastic shows include "freedom's cry", "freedom's glory" and "the dust bowl diaries". In addition, an environmental show called "earthsongs” is also available for educators as-well-as the tribute show “shakey”, a musical based on the songs of neil young.
briz's self tilted cd of original contemporary songs, which he performs at shows around the country, was released in 2007. songs like cowboy serenade, mr blah blah man & how'd we ever get out alive” are currently being played on radio here and abroad.
briz is a 2001 Philadelphia Folk Factory Peoples Choice Winner! He has been cited by Neptune Township for his Black history contributions and recognized by The Mayor’s Office City of Trenton, Governor’s Office State of New Jersey, as well as The Mercer County Executives Office, Mercer County Freeholders and State Assembly of New Jersey.
BRING NEIL YOUNG TO YOUR SCHOOL
Currently Briz is performing a new project at theaters and listening venues around the country. It's a one man acoustic show based on the songs of Neil Young called Shakey "The Musical". Songs will include Mr. Soul, The Loner, Needle and the Damage Done, Ohio, Heart of Gold, and many, many more up to and including Prairie Wind. In addition to the music, my stage act will include narratives about the songs and a "journey through the past" of Neil's amazing career. And of course there will be plenty of flannel. You can see the trailer for "Shakey" at; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CkJxBBsJKjY
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