Phil & Charlie Bunkum are the great-grandchildren of the original Bunkum Brothers, Ray & Buddy. The elder Bunkums were immensely popular in Depression-era honky-tonks, but never found fame in their lifetime due to their raunchy material. Needless to say, 1930s mainstream audiences had no stomach for songs like "Knuckle Shuffling" and "Make It Spit."
Times have changed.
Bunkum Bros., the current incarnation of the family band, came to be in 2005, when a college fraternity in Wilmington, N.C. began regularly playing an ultra-rare recording of Ray & Buddy's "Excuse Me, Miss" at house parties.
Dancing, drinking and dry-humping ensued. It was awesome!
The song spread to college campuses all over the South, and soon The Bunkum Brothers were becoming as cultishly popular as they once were in juke joints years ago.
Phil & Charlie took notice. They quickly left behind their failing pop-punk outfit Roper vs. Furley to cash in. A new, clean recording of "Excuse Me, Miss" replaced the scratchy warbling of the old, and continues its rise toward becoming the soundtrack of regrettable drunken hook-ups for this generation.
The resulting album, Love Songs, lovingly pays tribute to Ray & Buddy with new versions of their songs and original material inspired by them.
"Most importantly," says Charlie, "it allows our grandaddies music to be heard by a world that, seventy-five years later, is finally as filthy as they were!"
Adds Phil, "Somebody's gonna get knocked up to this!"