By Pepper

Southern California country music fans got introduced to newcomer Brandon Lay at the end of the Thanksgiving Weekend Sunday night (November 27th), courtesy of his solid, high-energy show at the Brandin’ Iron in San Bernardino.

His set was comprised of originals, as well as a large helping of “stuff we grew up on,” like covers of George Strait, Jackson Browne, and Tom Petty songs, among others. He also included Old Dominion‘s “Break Up with Him,” a nod to his tour with the band over the summer, and the songwriter’s version of Cole Swindell‘s “Home Game” (on the You Should Be Here album), a song Brandon says “changed my life by recording.”

Other highlights included originals like “Who’s Driving My Truck,” which Brandon introduced by reminiscing, “When I was 16, I bought a truck with 200,000 miles on it. The more I worked on it, the more it would break down,” and “Autopilot,” just recently written with Paul DiGiovanni of the pop-rock band Boys Like Girls.

With a new record deal and album on the way, the future looks bright for this promising up and comer!



  1. California
  2. Born in Blue Jeans / The Joker (Steve Miller Band cover)
  3. Check Yes or No (George Strait cover)
  4. Running on Empty (Jackson Browne)
  5. Who’s Driving My Truck
  6. Won’t Back Down (Tom Petty cover)
  7. Pink Houses (John Mellencamp cover)
  8. Break Up with Him (Old Dominion cover)
  9. Autopilot
  10. Keep Your Hands to Yourself (Georgia Satellites cover)
  11. Wagon Wheel
  12. Drivin’ My Life Away (Eddie Rabbitt cover)
  13. Stay Young
  14. Home Game (Cole Swindell cover)
  15. Dixieland Delight (Alabama cover)
  16. Speakers, Bleachers, and Preachers
  17. Sweet Home Alabama (Lynard Skynard cover)
  18. Yada Yada Yada
  19. Atlantic City

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