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Border Bash: BRUNS

July 15, 2016 | 8 pm
Downtown Bristol | MAP

With the breakup of his first band, Churchill, Tim Bruns left a single with radio airplay and a continental tour that would take him where every musician would conceivably like to go. This was supposed to be the stars aligned, the dream realized, or any other platitude that suggests success in an industry where most never get their first chance, never mind a second. But it wasn't right. Tim tried swearing the business off altogether. He tried mowing lawns and working as a maintenance professional. He tried writing songs for other people but it only made the inevitable conclusion to his story come into focus. It was out of this soul-searching that B R U N S, a classic American rock band, was born. Tim moved to Nashville and met Ryan Harris Brown, an incredibly talented guitar player and songwriter. Then came Tom Whall, a drummer that provided an essential backbone to their budding sound. They played together for almost seven months before the idea of a band became a reality. In that time, all three members gained a new appreciation for patience and crafting – an art form that Tim wanted to desperately protect as he returned to music. A powerful self-titled five-song EP became an organic extension of everything Tim, Ryan and Tom had gone through in their journey to this point, neatly packaged by their simple vision for what an American rock band should be: Guitars, pianos, bass and drums; Catchy but overwhelmingly introspective; Jarring but inspiring. Dealing with pressure, expectations and the idea that everyone is getting older can be complex emotions, but in under 30 minutes their music provides a decade’s worth of therapy and encouragement. B R U N S is a gospel-infused Tom Petty as much as it is Bruce Springsteen in the New South. While the rest of the country yearns for simplicity, they have somehow adopted a style of music that only becomes more complicated with the passage of time. B R U N S is a well-earned retreat from the modern noise. A real guitar band. Tim’s vocals, reflect the intensity of a born musician finally playing the songs he was meant to play. Ryan’s guitar adds an element of vintage sheen that lends the band a signature sound amid a Nashville music scene teeming with hungry musicians. Tom's rhythm, steady and simple, carries the sound from cover to cover. It serves as proof that a dream deferred may be the best one.

Border Bash, a free summer concert series held annually May through August, celebrates its17thanniversary including children’s activities, arts & craft and food vendors in addition to live music and much more. All the events will be in the 400 & 500 Block of State Street this year, except for June17th, which will be held in the Downtown Center and July4thwhich will be held in Cumberland Square Park.

Border Bash is hosted by Believe in Bristol, Birthplace of Country Music® the Cities of Bristol and Bristol Pediatrics. Border Bash would not be possible without our community sponsors. Our sponsors in 2016 includeBorder Bash is a free community event supported by Anne and Ben Cowan, Bank of Tennessee, Blackbird Bakery,Blakley-MitchellCo., Brown, Edwards & Co., Burke, Powers &Harty, Camellia Digital, Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Express AV Productions, New Peoples Bank,RenasantBank, Revolution Curbside Recycling,StrongwellCorporation, The Bristol Hotel: McCall Capital, LLC, Tom and Barbara Smith/ Merrill Lynch, Tri City Tent and Event, Walling Distributing, Wells Fargo and media sponsors Bristol Herald Courier, Radio Bristol, 99.3 The X, Electric 94.9 FM,WCYB-5, andWXBQ96.9 FM.