Posted On 26 Jul 2017
The West Los Angeles venue, El Rey Theatre hosted songstress Michelle Branch Tuesday night (July 25) for a night of new music along with some of her well-known hits. As part of the Hopeless Romantic Tour, she will wrap up at Marathon Music Works in Nashville on August 12th. (Purchase Tickets Here)
“Hopeless Romantic” is the latest and third studio album released by Branch on April 7th via Verve Records. Co-written and co-produced by Black Keys, Patrick Carney, this collection is her first release with Verve. It is also her first album in 14 years!
“He’s gonna be touring with me all summer long, which is wild because I feel like I’m the only person who’s never seen the Black Keys live — I’ve always been touring or traveling or can’t get tickets or whatever,” Branch told People Magazine. “It’s like, ‘How is it that I’ve never seen you play, but I’ve seen you all summer play ‘Are You Happy Now’ and ‘Everywhere.’ So it’s cool. We’re lucky we get to spend time together on the road together because I know once Black Keys ramps up again, I’ll take him while I’ve got him!”
With three well-known albums under her belt, “Hotel Paper” (2003), “The Spirit Room” (2001) and “Broken Bracelet” (2000), it’s no surprise that Branch performed songs off all of them last night. The sold-out crowd loved hearing each and every one of the singer-songwriter’s hit songs, but also seemed eager to listen to her newer tracks.
Along with her rhythm guitar, Branch belted out hit after hit. She very graciously welcomed the giant sing-alongs that took place during “All You Wanted,” her stripped down version of “Game Of Love,” “Everything,” “Breathe” and others. Most of the audience also knew the words to her brand new songs “Best You Ever Had” and “Hopeless Romantic.”
One highlight of the show was when Branch brought back to the stage show opener, Haerts for an unplugged rendition of The Wrecker’s (Michelle’s country duo with Jessica Harp) hit song “Leave The Pieces.”
“We are going to bring a little Nashville to LA!” She exclaimed before beginning to sing.
It’s clear that Branch loves performing and there is no doubt that everyone is glad that she back to making more music and touring again.