Brannen Temple

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Brannen Temple
Born (1970-08-26) August 26, 1970 (age 50)
Austin, Texas, United States
GenresJazz, R&B, Funk, Country, Soul, Rock, Fusion
InstrumentsDrums, percussion
Years active1990–present
Associated actsEric Burdon, Lizz Wright, Chris Duarte, Eric Johnson, Will Knaak

Brannen Temple (born August 26, 1970 in Austin, Texas, United States) is a 2 time Grammy Award winning American drummer, who is best known as a drummer for acts like Eric Burdon, Robben Ford, Lizz Wright and currently Ruthie Foster.

He started playing drums at the age of 10, soon to play in school jazz bands.

Since the early 1990s, Temple is an accomplished session drummer and played on records by Chris Duarte, Patrice Rushen, Chris Smither, Abra Moore, Stephen Bruton, Jody Watley, Alejandro Escovedo, amongst others. In 1996 he was part of the first G3 Tour, drumming for Eric Johnson and was featured on their 1997 live album G3: Live in Concert.[1]

Since the new millennium he has also played on records by Toni Price, Bob Schneider, Lavelle White, Darden Smith, Robben Ford, Bobby Whitlock, Katie Armiger and appeared on Robert Rodriguez' motion picture soundtrack Grindhouse: Planet Terror (2007).[2]

He was the live drummer of Eric Burdon & The Animals from 2009 until 2013. Since 2010 he also tours on and off with Chris Duarte Group, jazz vocalist Lizz Wright and keyboardist Bobby Sparks. Temple received several Austin Music Awards over the years for "Best Drummer" or "Best Jazz Band" categories for his bands Hot Buttered Rhythm, Blaze and Black Red Black. And in 2020 as a part of the studio band for guitar / vocalist Gary Clark Jr. he received a Grammy for "Best Contemporary Blues Album" and "Best Rock Song" for the album and song title This Land.

He resides in Austin, Texas and has several local jazz/funk bands, amongst them Temple Underground and Black Red Black (featuring Red Young and Ephraim Owens) and now "The Brannen and Red Show" (drums and organ duo). The more he has worked with Janet Jackson, Rose McGowan, Fastball, Monte Montgomery, Sheena Easton, Kevin Paige, Jimmie Vaughan, Dixie Chicks, Lee Roy Parnell, Jody Watley, Patrice Rushen and Chaka Khan.[3]



  • 2005 – Robben FordNew Morning: The Paris Concert


  1. ^ "Brannen Temple Discography at Discogs". Retrieved August 6, 2014.
  2. ^ "Brannen Temple | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved August 6, 2014.
  3. ^ "Brannen Temple Austin TX – Jazz Austin, Drums Austin, Musician Austin". Archived from the original on September 8, 2014. Retrieved August 6, 2014.

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