About Brannen Temple

Brannen Temple, from Austin, Texas, is a 3X Grammy Award winning American drummer, who is best known as a drummer for acts like Eric Burdon, Robben Ford, Lizz Wright. Eric Johnson, Sheena Easton, Patrice Rushen, Ruthie Foster, and Boz Scaggs.

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

Since 1990, Temple is an accomplished session drummer tracking records by Chris Duarte, Patrice Rushen, Chris Smither, Abra Moore, Stephen Bruton, Jody Watley, Alejandro Escovedo, Mitch Watkins. 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.

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).

He was the live drummer of Eric Burdon & The Animals from 2009 until 2013. Since 2010 he also tours 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”, “Best Rock Performance”, and “Best Rock Song” for the album and song title This Land.

In Austin, Texas he has several local jazz/funk bands, amongst them Temple Underground. Additionally, he has worked with Janet Jackson, Rose McGowan, Marcus Miller, Fastball, Nelly Furtado, Monte Montgomery, Sheena Easton, Kevin Paige, Jimmie Vaughn, Dixie Chicks, Lee Roy Parnell, Jody Watley, Courtyard Hounds, Chaka Khan, and Boz Scaggs.