Brandon Dean Jenkins June 7, — March 2, was an American singer-songwriter and philanthropist. He was part of the Red Dirt music genre. Jenkins performed in the Texas and Oklahoma regions, and he toured Europe on several occasions. One of Jenkins' notable songs, "Refinery Blues," was a biographical ballad about growing up near the Sand Springs Line, an area where oil refineries abound near the Arkansas River tributary of the Mississippi River. Jenkins was also a philanthropist as a supporter of the Red Dirt Relief Fund, a non-profit organization that supports musicians from the Red Dirt family of artists who face financial hardship. In , Jenkins graduated from Central High School in Tulsa, where he was in the jazz band, sang in the choir, and taught himself guitar. Jenkins' uncle was the Grammy Award -winning bass player, sound engineer, and producer, Gordon Shryock, who was known for his work with J. In the early s, Jenkins got his start recording for the Alabama-based record label, Rainy Records. In , Jenkins moved from Oklahoma to Austin, Texas , where he lived until The record came out on the Thirty Tigers label.
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Trigger News 21 Comments. The unthinkable for many Red Dirt fans has unfortunately come to pass. He was years-old. The Tulsa, Oklahoma native first entered the hospital after discovering he was suffering from a major heart issue in early February. After running numerous tests, it was determined Jenkins needed a new heart valve due to a birth defect that had resulted in an enlarged heart.
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Brandon Jenkins. Photo provided Tulsa native Brandon Jenkins, one of the standout singer-songwriters on the red dirt music scene, died today after complications from a heart operation. He was As previously reported , Jenkins took to Twitter last month to let fans know he would be undergoing surgery to replace his aorta and aortic valve after he was hospitalized with heart issues. He experienced complications during the Feb. As previously reported , his Oklahoma music roots actually were planted deep in the Tulsa Sound era: His uncle was Gordon Shyrock, a bassist and sound engineer who worked with JJ Cale and Leon Russell and migrated with them to California, where he won three Grammys working as an engineer and producer for a wide range of artists, from Andrae Crouch and Elvis Presley to Natalie Cole and Dwight Yoakam. It's well-respected everywhere you go — even in Texas.
I was just discovering the red dirt scene at that time. I remember driving the 2 hours to that show by myself, and not knowing anyone there. During a break in the set that evening Brandon had come out to hang out a bit with the audience and we struck up a conversation. Once he realized I was by myself he asked if I wanted to just come back in the green room and hang out with the band and drink some whiskey the Arbuckle Ballroom was a beer bar only. I was absolutely down with that.