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About Brittany

Queer Americana from Philly

Brittany Ann Tranbaugh (pronounced TRAN-baw) is an award-winning singer/songwriter based in Philadelphia, PA. Originally from the Lehigh Valley area in PA, she kicked off her music career as a teenager playing at Godfrey Daniels, one of the country’s only remaining bona fide folk listening rooms. She has since performed all over the US and Canada in theaters, living rooms, basements, bars, coffee shops, backyards, and on festival stages including Firefly and Philly Folk Fest. Accolades include 2021 Song of the Year in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest for her queer country heartbreaker "Kiss You" and finalist spots in the Gems in the Rough, Kerrville New Folk, and LEAF NewSong competitions. In April 2022, she debuted an EP entitled “Quarter Life Crisis Haircut,” her first official release in over a decade. In this new batch of memorable and thoughtfully crafted songs produced by Jackson Emmer, she tackles a wide range of topics including her sixth grade queer awakening, an awkward run-in with an old acquaintance, and the impossibility of true folk music authenticity in this day and age. At times witty and sarcastic, at other times heartbreaking and raw, the EP undoubtedly showcases Tranbaugh’s finest work to date.

Her energetic live shows feature veteran Philly musicians Joe Plowman (bass), Adam Shumski (drums), and Kevin Brosky (guitar).

Header photo by Will Drinker. Bio photo by Adam Atkinson.

Shows

Date Event Location
Philadelphia Folk Festival Upper Salford Township, PA Upper Salford Township, PA
Philly Songwriters in the Round Philadelphia Folksong Society, Philadelphia, PA Philadelphia Folksong Society, Philadelphia, PA
House concert with Lily Talmers, Little Busy, and Lea Chiara Holyoke, MA Holyoke, MA
Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center with The Paper City Picture Show Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, Greenfield, MA Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, Greenfield, MA
Tracks at the Vale (full band show) Tracks at the Vale, Philadelphia, PA Tracks at the Vale, Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia's Tribute to Leonard Cohen The Music Hall at World Cafe Live , Philadelphia, PA The Music Hall at World Cafe Live , Philadelphia, PA
Lezapalooza 2022! Lezapalooza, Sparta, NJ Lezapalooza, Sparta, NJ
CINNAMiN Fest 3 Philadelphia, PA Philadelphia, PA
Rigby Mansion (full band show) with Ana Egge Rigby Mansion, Philadelphia, PA Rigby Mansion, Philadelphia, PA
Attic Brewing (full band show) Attic Brewing, Philadelphia, PA Attic Brewing, Philadelphia, PA
Moe's Alley (opening for Carsie Blanton) Moe's Alley, Santa Cruz, CA Moe's Alley, Santa Cruz, CA
HopMonk Tavern (opening for Carsie Blanton) HopMonk Tavern, Novato, CA HopMonk Tavern, Novato, CA
Freight & Salvage (opening for Carsie Blanton) Freight & Salvage, Berkeley, CA Freight & Salvage, Berkeley, CA
Alberta Rose Theatre (opening for Carsie Blanton) Alberta Rose Theatre, Portland, OR Alberta Rose Theatre, Portland, OR
The Triple Door (opening for Carsie Blanton) The Triple Door, Seattle, WA The Triple Door, Seattle, WA
Tellus 360 (full band show) with Rachel Sumner & Traveling Light Tellus 360 , Lancaster, PA Tellus 360 , Lancaster, PA
The Owl Music Parlor (full band show) with Rachel Sumner & Traveling Light The Owl Music Parlor, Brooklyn, New York The Owl Music Parlor, Brooklyn, New York
Godfrey Daniels (full band show) with Rachel Sumner & Traveling Light Godfrey Daniels, Bethlehem, PA Godfrey Daniels, Bethlehem, PA
Full band show with Rachel Sumner & Traveling Light - Location TBD TBD, Philadelphia, PA TBD, Philadelphia, PA
Quarter Life Crisis Haircut EP: CD
  • Quarter Life Crisis Haircut EP: CD
  • Quarter Life Crisis Haircut EP: CD

Quarter Life Crisis Haircut EP: CD

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Released April 8, 2022

All songs written by Brittany Ann Tranbaugh. Produced, recorded, mixed, and mastered by Jackson Emmer at Diamond Ranch Records in Carbondale, CO. Featuring Nicole Patrick on drums and Jackson Emmer on electric guitar, bass, harmonica, background vocals, and synth organ. Artwork by Lauren Beauchner.

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Designed by Lauren Beauchner. Selfie sticker: 3.13" x 4" Holographic Space Cadet sticker: 3" x 2.92" Banjo sticker: 4" x 3.21"

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Blog

"Kiss You" won SONG OF THE YEAR in the JLSC! Plus, WXPN Key Session, new live video, and upcoming shows! 

So, um. Big news.  

Last night, right before my set at City Winery Philly, I learned that my song "Kiss You" won SONG OF THE YEAR in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest! Read the official announcement here. I will be using the $20,000 cash prize to record an EP in Los Angeles with my band this fall. I also won over $10,000 in gear, including 2 guitars, a keyboard, and a boat load of recording equipment. It's all so surreal and I'm still processing the news, but the primary emotion I'm feeling is just a deep…

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"Sarah" live video out now! Plus lots of news and shows! 

Happy summer, happy Pride Month, and good morning! 

I'm excited to share my new live music video for "Sarah," an unrequited love song I wrote nearly 10 years ago that is still very dear to me. The band elevated it to a level I didn't know was possible, and Will Drinker, Nic Justice, and Ethan Cain did a beautiful job capturing it. Watch it now on YouTube. Also, if you haven't checked them out yet, the live videos for "Quarter Life Crisis Haircut" and "Kiss You" are up on YouTube too! 

From the bottom of my…

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EP out NOW!!! Plus, a glowing review from WXPN! 

Hi everyone, I'm truly thrilled to announce that my EP "Quarter Life Crisis Haircut" is finally here! Listen now on bandcamp, Spotify, Soundcloud, or virtually anywhere else music can be streamed or purchased online! The EP was produced, recorded, mixed, and mastered by Jackson Emmer at Diamond Ranch Records in Carbondale, CO. Featuring Nicole Patrick on drums and Jackson Emmer on electric guitar, bass, harmonica, background vocals, and synth organ. Artwork by Lauren Beauchner

Yesterday, my personal…

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New single OUT NOW, EP release shows, Tiny Desk submission video! 

Hey there, 

I'll keep this post short and sweet. My dual single "Quarter Life Crisis Haircut / Kiss You" is here! This is my first official release in over a decade and I am sincerely thrilled to share it with you. I hope these two songs resonate with you enough that you want to share them with friends and listen to them when you need a pick-me-up. I hope that they might become a part of your life in some small but precious way. 

Huge thanks to my dear friend Jackson Emmer for…

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