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Big Brutus is the musical project of singer-songwriter and guitarist, Sean Bryant. Ranging from earnest and heartfelt to abrasive and jarring, Big Brutus writes songs that challenge the listener to dig a little deeper. His first release, Tiny Box, came in March of 2016 and followed the timeline of a relationship from the innocent beginning to the bitter end. The Odd Willow arrived in early 2017 and assumed a contemplative tone, exploring elements of mortality, aging, sickness, love, and loss. Following this release, Sean embarked on a bicycle tour up the East Coast, raising money for the International Rescue Committee and talking with as many folks as he could. He used this journey to try to re-connect with fellow Americans in a very divided time. His revelations on the trip poured out into what has become his newest work, America Circa. The album strays from those familiar themes found on his previous albums - themes of love, loss, death, and the pursuit of fulfillment - and, instead, calls out and dives into the racism, oppression, and political corruption rampant in America today. Big Brutus has written an important, self-aware album about what it means to live and lose in this country, and calls the listener to address centuries of abuse.
"Singer, songwriter, and guitarist Sean Bryant's third album opens a window into the psyche of modern America...Each of the album’s 10 songs are inspired by the people and the stories that Bryant encountered this year while trekking across the country on a bicycle tour, armed only with an acoustic guitar." - Creative Loafing
"Themes of gentrification, consumerism, war, and wage inequality are infused sonically, with aspects of folk, rock, and even jazz…Lyrically, Brutus lays our world bare and speaks of the anxieties we face in these polarized times." - Plasma Mag
"a beguiling effort from a songwriter who continues to push his craft in challenging new directions." - Immersive Atlanta
"The emotional bloodletting and poetic lyricism bring to mind Conor Oberst’s early work as Bright Eyes — a mix of wondrous beauty and yearning wrapped in red-blooded folk and Americana." - Immersive Atlanta