Brandyn Cross Presents “If Money Talks (It Ain’t on Speakin’ Terms With Me)”

Like the cruel wee-hours of the morning shift, or calloused hands from working construction, the tale singer and songwriter, Brandyn Cross, shares in his single If Money Talks (It Ain’t on Speakin’ Terms With Me) co-written by Daryl Stevenett is embedded in the heart of every person earning a paycheck. A fulfilling days work can only do so much the bank account doesnt always reflect the same passion. Cross, whos own life took a detour when a train accident took his leg, climbs back into the music scene. If Money Talks (It Aint Sayin Much to Me) is one mans gutsy narrativeand hes richer for it.


The lights seem low, the tone a bit more backlit. A wailing guitar hits during the chorus and the songs bridge a guitar riff so honeyed after a murky start it might mean the sun is coming up. Cross plays with the listener with a back-and-forth of bluesy vibes and rockabilly pining. The drums are scattered, with just enough backbeat to almost feel skittish. Thrown in the pile are an organ, adding yet another soul and Gospel-like piquancy. The southern flare resumes with a hauntingly-beautiful violin. Its soothing nature, its old-timey vibe has a copper like reflection when paired with Cross battled voice.

Whatever I try to do, it just dont pay, Cross sings. I glanced at the background information on Cross. Hes had a hefty share of work from the Raising Kayn web series (hes the evil Candy Man), to current productions like Candle in the Wind, a family-focused Christmas feature film, Cross has kept a busy schedule. He even earned a Nashville Songwriting Festival nod for the song Dolly Parton Has The Biggest Hits In Nashville. His former band, Whiskey Rose, gained a following from their hits Dont Do Me Wrong and Blue Moon Over Heaven. I think hes preaching what so many artists of all mediums express it doesnt always pay the bills. Hes not blatantly mad or angry, but there is an inferred sigh or shrugging of the shoulders when he sings that line. Can you spare a dime, he ends the song, in yet another shrug. Cross imperative voice is a ray of hope, a sliver of sunshine. He brings reality and relatability to If Money Talks (It Ain’t on Speakin’ Terms With Me). Hearing this song and knowing his backstory dont necessarily go hand-in-hand. I think even if he didnt have his tragic accident, he would have the same fortitude and relatable demeaner.

Fans of Americana, country, rock, blues will especially like this song. Cross unique voice and his glimpse of the working persons psyche. Whatever dreams we have, it just doesnt always work out to have the financial haul to match. Still, Cross succeeds and then some with this timeless classic. You can literally have this song in any era of time. His song If Money Talks (It Ain’t on Speakin’ Terms With Me) has a lot to say and he says it very well. As a listener it spoke to me in many ways.

Gwen Waggoner

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