"Kelly Thomas" in The Huffington Post

“Kelly Thomas” is a heart-wrenching song by Bryan McPherson, in memory of a man who was let down by all of us when he needed us most. In the Dylan-esque style of folk punk rock, McPherson succinctly captures the anger and emotion felt by those who most closely followed the case to its bitter end.
— Melissa Webster, Huffington Post

New Song "Kelly Thomas"

Kelly Thomas was a mentally ill, homeless man beaten to death by the police in Fullerton, California.  The police were found "Not Guilty", despite having the obvious crime on video and audio.  Kelly can be heard pleading for his last breaths and screaming out that he was sorry.  

 I came across the shocking audio and video of one of the most obvious cases of police brutality and murder I have ever seen.  I wrote this song.   I worked on it the following day and recorded it in the hut this morning and afternoon.  It's the least I can do in telling this story.  You can listen below.  Rest in peace Kelly Thomas.  

 

"Kelly Thomas"  by Bryan McPherson 

Who has a song for the homeless

killed in the street          

By The police that beat        

That man like meat        

I can't breathe              

Oh no I can not breathe 

 

Who has a song for Kelly 

That we can all scream       

While he bleeds on the street    

On my internet screen, oh no he's not me    

Oh no he's not me

 

Who has a song for the forgotten      

When they die                

For an old mother cries      

To an empty sky    

There's no moon tonight                    

There's no moon tonight

 

You don't care about Kelly    

 'Cause he ain't you              

Broke them bones right through              

The Orange County crew  

They beat him blue      

They beat him blue

 

Who has justice for the men        

That they just set free      

These so called police    

Manny Ramos ain't me        

Jay Cicinelli oh no you're not me

 

Kelly Thomas lays cold in the ground    

Silent nights make no sound        

Not guilty they found  

In Fullerton town          

 In Fullerton town 

Update October 15th, 2013

Update: October 15th

I am at the crossroads again.  I just finished up the last shows of the last 3 month U.S. and Canadian tour in Santa Cruz, California. Thank you everyone who helped along the way.  There are too many of you to name.  I would not have been able to do it without you.   Thank you to everyone who came out to the shows and supported live music. There is more to this than hitting the like button.  I love the hell out of you all!  

In the last year, I've done 3 U.S. tours and driven across this large country 6 times performing!  I've played every corner of the U.S. And had a very successful run of shows for the first time in Canada! 

I've been honored to open up for the Dropkick Murphys' and Tim Barry on tour and have been building a strong network of fans, friends, and family throughout the land.  I hope to continue this journey for many years to come.  I hope to see every inch of this earth along the way. 

Having toured so much since the release of “American Boy / American Girl” and subsequent home run Kickstarter campaign for a van, the time has come to start working on a new record. The wheels are in motion, so to speak.  I have written many many many songs over the years and many in the last couple of years since ABAG.  I look forward to the pre-production and recording process and sharing them with the world.  I am weighing all of my options as to where to break ground on this next project.  I have been so many places and there are so many places I can go.  I am at the crossroads again.  I guess I am just throwing this out there to the world.  I've been in the mist and I supposed clarity will come eventually.  Before tour I moved my “stuff” into a storage unit and signed up for a PO box.  This tour has been strange because I now have no home to go back to.  It's an odd feeling this gypsy status.  I'm fed and have a few bucks in my pocket and I have friends.  I have prospects and a whole bunch of creative juice to squeeze out onto the next record.  I suppose, I will listen to the waves a little while longer and see where the signs point.  I've taken a lot of chances over the last few years and that's where life gets interesting. Outside of the comfort zone.  I'm there now.  Lets make some magic happen.  

All the Best,

Bryan McPherson 

 

Rukkus Feature

Article by Nicolas White

Bryan McPherson - A Close-Up Look At Life Behind The Microphone

Perspective—it’s the singular view by which we observe the world; the looking glass that bends light so that we may see it properly. All we see is what we know. But what if just for a moment, you could strip all that away and enter another view? What if you could step into another consciousness and feel the innermost desires that live there; would you do it?

Continue reading at 

http://blog.rukkus.com/bryan-mcpherson-stage/

 

 

 

In the Canadian press.

From The Orillia Packet and Times  

Bryan McPherson of Los Angeles, a socially-active musician, is performing in Orillia, during his first Canadian mini tour.

The concert Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Artaban Hall is being organized by Stand Up! Orillia Against Bullying. Kevin Gangloff, director of the Orillia Youth Centre, is responsible for getting the singer-songwriter to Canada.

“I’ve seen Bryan perform numerous times. I like his message and I love his music. His ethics and what he stands for is similar to what Stand Up! stands for,” Gangloff said. “I begged him to come. I said, ‘You are coming close to Canada; you’ve got to come across the border.’”

McPherson agreed and will be performing in Toronto Sept. 13, at a private home Sept. 14 and in Orillia Sept. 15. Gangloff is hoping he will stay in town and visit an Orillia school the same day. 

Continue reading at http://www.orilliapacket.com/2013/09/03/mcpherson-to-hold-concert-in-orillia 

"12 Must See Acoustic Act from New England"

"One of the most passionate performers I have ever seen, Bryan McPherson's fierce vocal growls and hammering guitar strums fit accordingly with his intense lyrics that will resonate with you and cause you to begin to question your ideas of any social, political, and personal lifestyles." Read More at Mutiny on The Microphone 

 

http://mutinyonthemicrophone.com/12-acoustic-acts-you-need-to-see-live/

 

 

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Summer Tour With Tim Barry and Cory Branan

I am very excited to announce I will be going out on tour this summer with Tim Barry and Cory Branan. I will be joining them for a string of dates in August throughout the Midwest and the South.  I will be playing in a lot of places I have yet to play and I am stoked about that as well.  I am a big fan of both of these artists.   I will also be setting up tour dates to get to and from.  If you are interested in booking me please contact me through broken.apartment@gmail.com 

8/2 to 8/11 w/ Tim and Cory

Details Here  

 

New acoustic version of OFD to benefit Martin Richard Memorial Foundation

I recorded a new acoustic version of OFD.  To download it click this link or the player below. All proceeds benefit The Martin Richard Memorial Foundation.  http://bryanmcpherson1.bandcamp.com/album/originally-from-dorchester

On April 15th, 8 year old Martin Richard was tragically killed in the Boston Marathon Bombing. His sister and mother were also seriously injured. To honor his memory, Martin's school has established The Martin Richard Memorial Foundation. 
Donations contributed to the fund will be used for one or more of the following purposes: a peace garden in the school courtyard, a scholarship fund for NHCS students, or other ideas that will be generated by the school community in 
consultation with the Richard family.  For more on Martin's school and memorial foundation please visit www.neighborhoodhousecharterschool.org  If you would like to donate directly to the Richard Family Please visit the following website richardfamilyfund.org

Tour dates with the Dropkick Murphys in March!

With Old Man Markley, The Mahones, Jim 

Lockey and The Solemn Sun, and Barroom 
Heroes!

I am very excited to announce that I will be opening for the 
Dropkick Murphys in March!  
Click here for details!  

3/8 at The Electric Factory in Philadelphia
3/11 at the 9:30 Club in Washington DC
3/12 Terminal 5 in NYC
3/13 at Terminal 5 in NYC
3/15 at The Boston Garden

"What if Jesus was Gay?" in The Huffington Post

Bryan McPherson's Controversial Song.  By Melissa Webster     

When folk musician and sometimes activist Bryan McPherson 
wrote the controversial song "What If Jesus Was Gay?" he 
did it in response to the 2003-2004 debate making the rounds 
in Massachusetts over the legalization of gay marriage and the 
predictable opposition from overzealous religious groups. To 
his surprise, it has been resurrected again in the aftermath of 
the November 2012 election that marked a turning point in 
gay rights as three states, Washington, Maryland and Maine, 
legalized gay marriage, and another rejected a gay marriage 
ban.

Continue reading on The Huffington Post