Former Layne Staley Producer Releases New Music Video

Tim Branom, an individual closely associated with the Seattle grunge/metal scene of the 1980’s, has released a music video for his moody and psychedelic solo single, “River to Flame”. You also may remember Tim as a guest contributor for Alternative Nation, you can read his Alice in Chains retrospective here and expect more from him in the near future! Check out the “River to Flame” video below alongside its official press release.

LOS ANGELES – Singer/guitarist Tim Branom, best known for his work with American Idol Finalist Carly Smithson in the early 2000s and cult heavy metal titans Fifth Angel in 2010, is back with a new song called “River to Flame.”

The cut is the third track released in the past six months from Branom’s latest solo project and showcases Branom’s blusier side, with a bit of a Western flair. “River to Flame” follows videos for “Enemy” and his cover of “Taxman, Mr. Thief” by Cheap Trick. “River to Flame” is available for download on iTunes and

As with most of his work, Branom sings and plays all the instruments on “River to Flame” except the drums. Drums were played by Chris Ross, who has worked with artists such as John Waite, Steve Lukather, Mick Taylor, Terry Reid and Joe Cocker.

The video for “River to Flame” was shot in the hills of Southern California. It was directed by JJ Vazquez and filmed by Michael Flotron. The song was mixed by Jonathan Plum (Pearl Jam, Queensrÿche, Candlebox) and mastered by Claudio Cueni (Beware Of Darkness, 2Pac).

“After working with JJ Vazquez on ‘Taxman,’ I wanted to make another video with him again, but do something completely different,” Branom explained. “It’s my nature to go against the grain and as you’ll see, I think we accomplished that with ‘River to Flame.’”

In addition to his work as a solo artist, Branom is an accomplished session musician and producer. His early credits include producing demos for Layne Staley’s first band, Alice ‘N Chains, and Gypsy Rose, a short-lived Seattle-based band that featured the late Mike Starr. Branom has also played guitar on two songs of Days of the New’s 2001 self-titled album (although his contributions never made the final mix).

“I love working in the studio with other artists, but it’s time to get my own music out there,” Branom added. “’River to Flame’ has a much different sound than you might expect from me, but it will make for some interesting listening. All these singles will eventually be part of an album, but we are finishing them one song at a time.”

Looking ahead, Branom has plans to release new material and more videos throughout 2015. He’s available for interviews via phone or email. For more information, visit