Brandon hails from the farming community of Purdy, Missouri. A product of a musical family, he grew up playing guitar, but picked up the upright bass just hours before playing his first show as a member of the esteemed bluegrass gospel group, New Tradition. Before first joining the Lonesome River Band, he spent the 2001 season appearing with the award-winning bluegrass singer and songwriter Larry Cordle and Lonesome Standard Time.
Now in his second stint with Lonesome River Band, Rickman’s distinctive lead vocals can be heard on the Lonesome River Band’s albums including: Bridging the Tradition (2016, Mountain Home Music Company), Coming Back Home To You (2015, Mountain Home Music Company), Turn On A Dime (2014, Mountain Home Music Company), Chronology Volumes One – Three (2012, Rural Rhythm) Live at Bean Blossom, Various Artists (2011, Rural Rhythm), The All-Star Jam Live at Graves Mountain, (2011, Rural Rhythm), Still Learning (2010, Rural Rhythm), No Turning Back (2008, Rural Rhythm), Window Of Time (2002), and Head On Into Heartache (2005).
These great musical experiences have provided Rickman with a wide range of songwriting material. He has written songs on many of the band’s recordings including three tracks on Lonesome River Band’s Bridging the Tradition album: “Showing My Age” with co-writer Jerry Salley; “Mirrors Never Lie” with co-writer Larry Cordle; and “Waiting On My Heart to Break” with co-writer Curtis Wright.
On LRB’s Turn On A Dime, he contributed three songs: “Lila Mae” with co-writers Alex Cline and Kirk Sauers; “If The Moon Never Sees the Light of Day with co-writer Jerry Salley; and “Hurting With My Broken Heart” with co-writer Lee Roy.
In March 2015, Brandon recorded with Jenee Fleenor (Blake Shelton Band) and Brennen Leigh as Antique Persuasion. The album is a tribute to The Carter Family and was produced by Nashville music publicisher, Jimmy Metts. The album includes the first and last songs the Carters ever recorded, “Bury Me Under The Weeping Willow” and “You’re Gonna Be Sorry Cause You Let Me Down” along with ten more Carter Family favorites.
In 2010, the International Association of Independent Recording Artists, IAIRA, who recognizes and honors artistic achievement, technical proficiency, and overall excellence in sound recording by monitoring chart activity, qualified the song, “Always Have, Always Will” written by Brandon Rickman and Chris Stapleton as a Certified International Top 10. The song appears on Brandon’s debut solo album, Young Man, Old Soul released on Rural Rhythm Records in 2009.
The album achieved tremendous chart success including reaching #1 for four consecutive weeks on the Roots Music Report’s Top 50 Bluegrass Albums and 6 months on Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine’s (BU) Top 15 Album Chart. His original song, “Always Have, Always Will),” spent 11 months on the BU Top 30 Song chart with “I Bought Her A Dog” on the chart for 7 months. Yet another Rickman original, “Wearin’ Her Knees Out Over Me” won Strictly Country Magazine’s Spirit Song of the Year in 2010. Brandon is signed to SESAC, the nation’s fastest growing performing rights organization.
In 2011, fellow Lonesome River Band member, Sammy Shelor received the 2nd Annual Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass. Rickman appeared with the band on the Late Show with David Letterman where they sat down with the talk show host and performed with Steve Martin where Rickman provided his lead vocal talents.