Brrrn, pronounced "Burn", has been developing a musical style uniquely his own in matters of technique, composition, and harmony. What people tend to notice first is the percussive attack brrrn delivers to his acoustic guitar, providing his own drum beat while also managing to strum and fingerpick solid chords, bass lines, and melodies. There's no doubt that this style of playing has lead to a very distinct sound, but brrrn's harmonic choices further separate him from the "been there, done that". Often using jazz chords, and a swinging groove, his music can be said to combine elements of jazz, rock, funk, folk, and even a hint of flamenco. Top that off with lyrics expressing social, psychological, and political feelings, sung with a lot of soul, and you have quite an original.
It’s fairly easy to recognize Brrrn’s approach to the guitar as being influenced by bass guitar techniques, with influences like Victor Wooten, Flea, and Charlie Hunter, but it takes on a whole new sound when applied to an acoustic guitar. Another big influence is flamenco music with its complex rhythms, chord structures, and strumming methods, and also with the way that flamenco guitarists would tap the body of the guitar while strumming. Then there are artists like Ani DiFranco and Kaki King who have also explored these same avenues of sound, but came up with their own unique style. Brrrn combined all of these influences plus a few more like; acid jazz, African and Indian drumming, and artists like Andres Segovia and Leo Kottke, or G. Love and Sublime. Then he also took the percussion idea one step further by filling his guitar with beads and buckshot as to have a shaker in the mix as well, a complete one-man band.
Growing up in Buffalo, NY is where Bryan Lohr earned his nickname "Brn" from friends that were too lazy to pronounce both syllables. It was expanded to "Brrrn" once winter hit, and not completely by choice. The city and the people of Buffalo were a big influence for Brrrn. By all measure, it's a depressed city, but yet its people are among the friendliest you'd meet. There's a certain darkness in his music when referring to the political and financial aspects that left his home town in shambles, but also a cheerfulness and faith in humanity in the face of utter despair that brings hope for the future, and an upbeat feel to the music.