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Troubles To Blame

by THE EARL BROTHERS

Original Outlaw Hillbilly Mountain Music. The “less is more” approach to songwriting, singing, and musicianship is, direct, simple, and yet somehow different from everything else. 3 panel digi-style / lyrics are included.
Genre: Country: Bluegrass
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1. Hard Times & Heartbreaks
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2. Another Broken Hearted Fool
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2:26 album only
3. Leak's Bounce
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3:14 album only
4. Rattlesnake Poison
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3:04 album only
5. Old Gun Road
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2:22 album only
6. Dreadful Day
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7. O Poor Betty
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2:23 album only
8. Don't Play The Jukebox
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2:01 album only
9. Hillbilly Hero
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4:13 album only
10. Girl With The Long Black Hair
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2:42 album only
11. Too Many Women Too Little Time
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12. Oh Death Is Calling Me
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
It’s been ten years since we started working on a style that has become our unique trademark. It's been twelve years since The Earl Brothers started working on a style that has become their unique trademark, “Outlaw Hillbilly Music”. The Earl Brothers have received an overwhelmingly enthusiastic response from music-lovers far and wide. In the October, 2010 issue of Bluegrass Unlimited, a feature article named band leader Robert Earl Davis “The Hillbilly Hero”.

In the 1970s, The Ramones tore Rock and Roll down to its primitive components and built it back up again to make a raw, urgent, original music. The Earl Brothers have done the same with Bluegrass. Their gritty, mournful songs recall ancient honky-tonks, and Southern back roads with a unique edgy directness. Their music forgoes the softer contemporary acoustic sound of many modern day Bluegrass bands. The band’s “less is more” approach to songwriting, singing, and musicianship is, direct, simple, and yet somehow different from everything else.

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"THE EARL BROTHERS HAVE GOT THE SOUL AND THE SONGS AND THE ATTITUDE THAT BROUGHT US ALL INTO BLUEGRASS MUSIC IN THE FIRST PLACE.
THEIR SONGS CRY OF THE MOUNTAINS, OF THE PEOPLE AND OF THE TRADITIONS DOWN THROUGH THE AGES.
BLUEGRASS IS ALIVE AND WELL."

Chris Hillman
Pioneer of the genre known as “Country Rock”.
Worked with such notable bands as The Byrds,
The Flying Burrito Brothers and the Desert Rose Band.



As a promoter of Traditional Bluegrass, I have grown to respect "The Earl Bros" very much. Great songwriting,excellent picking,& a sound all they're own. This is true "Gravel & Grit" Bluegrass. I want them back soon!!

Brad Klabunde
B.K.Prod's Bluegrass Shows
Two Rivers,WI
www.bluegrassbrad.org


Quote from Wikipedia, online encyclopedia, for the definition of Bluegrass Music;

“Fourth generation
It could be argued that a fourth generation of bluegrass musicians is beginning to appear, marked by a high level of technical skill demonstrated. Although it is too soon to see definite trends, the most notable fourth generation musician to emerge so far is probably Chris Thile, who released solo bluegrass albums at age 13 and 16 (Leading Off and Stealing Second), respectively), before reaching wider fame as a member of the bluegrass-influenced acoustic band Nickel Creek. Recently, however, Thile's claim to the throne of bluegrass "prince" has been challenged by Josh Pinkham, a Florida teenager who performed at "Merlefest" only 18 months after picking up a mandolin.
Other notable recent bluegrass bands are The Earl Brothers, who fuse a traditional sound with innovative songwriting and lyrics atypical for bluegrass, and Colorado's Open Road, a traditional-sounding band with strong original material”.



"The only thing to say about traditional bluegrass at it's best is.... THE EARL BROTHERS. Their modern writing style is combined with their traditional vocals and music. They have captured, in my opinion, the best sound bluegrass can offer. As soon as we started playing their music on WDVX, they went straight to #1 on our playlist. With bands like the Earl Brothers in the Bluegrass Circuit, the music that Bill Monroe created years ago will stay in good hands! In my opinion, the Earl Brothers will continue to create traditional bluegrass all over again."

- Alex Leach, WDVX Radio, Knoxville TN.



" A GREAT NEW SOUNDING BAND WITH HIGH-LONESOME QUALITIES THAT HAVE NOT BEEN HEARD SINCE
THE RECORDINGS OF THE RURAL MOUNTAIN BANDS OF THE 40'S. MY AUDIENCE LIT UP ALL FOUR PHONE
LINES IN THE STUDIO UPON HEARING THEIR MUSIC. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.

ROSS HARVEY
CKUT 90.3 FM
RADIO MCGILL
MONTREAL, CANADA.



"...Man, every time I hear them I want to grab the closest beer bottle and hurl it into the far wall... They've got the sound, the drive, the feeling we've been missing out here all these years! My HIGHEST recommendation!"
~Ray Edlund
"Pig in a Pen" KPFA-FM / 94.1 FM
Berkeley, CA


"A rickety old steam engine rhythm, rough ole hollerin' pitiful, sad singing,
three layers of what sounds like a bunch of acoustic bluegrass whammy bars,
throw an occasional old metal hubcap down the track, that's the sound of the
Earl Brother's collection of songs called "Whiskey, Women and Death". No
Nashville, slicked-up, cookie cutter Bluegrass here, it's real, and it
hurts!"
Amy Campbell, 89.9 fm WDVX Radio, Knoxville, Tennessee.



Earl Brothers: Troubles To Blame
By: Mark Burnell
Jammed Online

Its not often that a band manages to sound both ancient and modern at the
same time, but that’s what the Earl Brothers accomplish on this fine new
album.

The ancient comes from their sound. Normally if someone mentions
“traditional bluegrass” as a reference point, they mean Del McCoury ; here it
means channeling the spirit of the Stanley Brothers. The modern comes from
the lyrics and the underlying tone of the whole effort, which is dark and more
Nick Cave than Bill Monroe.
The Earl Brother hail from around the country but gathered together in San Fancisco and base themselves around the
impressive songwriting of Virginia Natives Robert Earl Davis (banjo) and John McKelvy (guitar), who are ably supported
by Larry Hughes (mando) and Josh Sidman (bass). On first listen, this album sounds like it could be a reissue from
the early 1950s ; bluegrass back then was recorded quickly and cheaply, with the musicians gathered round a single
microphone , the way they played live , and the result was a reed thin sound dominated by high pitched vocals (the ‘high
lonesome sound’). Hearing a modern era band recreate this sound, which is so far removed from what your ears are
accustomed to hearing, borders on the avant-garde. Make no mistake, though – this is no pastiche, nor is it simple
homage . There might be a sly dose of post modernism at work here, but these guys are talented bluegrass musicians
who choose to express themselves by going further back to their roots than most modern bands would dare to.

And a good chunk of what stops it from being pastiche or homage is the lyrics, which , while dealing with the classic
bluegrass subjects of lost loves and hard times , are as bleak as anything ever written in the genre. When McKelvy
writes lines like ‘My best shirt is stained from your face, Soon I’ll find someone to take your place’ , you realize you’re in a
place closer to Deliverance than Nashville. Davis’ lyrics come from a similarly bleak place : ‘Beer in the front seat, gun
in the back, now I’m on my way’ (Old Gun Road). Suicide, death and murder permeate the world the Earl Brothers
create, mostly from a first person perspective – you hope these guys aren’t writing from experience. The songwriting is
both excellent and provocative– the song Another Broken Hearted Fool elicits sympathy for its singer, a man apparently
unlucky in love, until you realize he is both wife beater and killer. And of course, the song is catchy enough to happily sing
along with.

A fine, original album ; highly recommended.


Reviews


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tim

true bluegrass
This is what high- lonsome bluegrass should sound like. Nothing fancy about this CD, just signing about the hard times. Makes me want to crack open another bottle of beer.

Leon Roberson


I like every track on this CD, which is highly unusual for me. The songs are sung in a unique style that appeals to me (sort of like Bob Dylan singing bluegrass!). I also like the heavy bass sound.

Al from Border Banjos

Some of the most powerful, primitive, and plumb pitiful Bluegrass I've ever hear
About the 5th time I jumped for the XM receiver to find out is was the Earl Brothers, I ordered both CDs. It's some of the most powerful, primitive, and plumb pitiful Bluegrass I've ever heard. The vocals are a cross between Steve Earle, Bob Dylan, and Ernest T. Bass. This is some of the best BG I've heard in 40 years!

jethro d hunter

i like it! alot!
i bought troubles to blame and ordered whiskey,women and death the very next week! caution: this stuff can be addicting!

Charles Hamilton

Good writing, original sound and style
Distinctly unique sound of the Earl Bros. along with very good songwriting sets them apart and ensures the best is yet to come for this group. Excellent CD.

d.lee

This cd is awesome, the earl brothers sound like bluegrass is suppose to sound.
Since recieving the earl brothers cd I haven't listened to anything else. They are what bluegrass is suppose to sound like.We are so impressed by them that we even named our new dog EARL.Keep making that wonderful bluegrass music.

Billy Schmidt

The Antidote
1. CDBaby Rocks! No problems with my order or a larger and different one placed by my wife; they definitely worked with us!
2. Troubles to Blame... Hey I go back with these fellows a couple of years, seen 'em live a few times, etc., so -
3. This project, to me, is a display of maturation. Some rough edges from WWD have changed to better enunciation, better writing, better definition between instruments, and harmony structure between Bobby and John. Bobby delivers a somewhat more varied panoply of doomtone stone cold twang, while singing through one's nose becomes an operatic art between him and John. Larry's mandolin becomes a sort of newly opened door to nuances in the overall music while Josh's bass continues to drive the message and insistancy without overwhelming the others. While I wish John would stay, I've met Danny and he's a really nice and very dedicated fellow.... Doubtless a new asset, and I'm salivating for whatever depravity the upcoming project will bring to us!
This project features some "better" writing as well, but still true to the original ghastly vibe. To me, this is the antidote to the namby-pampy, maudlin, flag-waving, giant church-going stuff called "Bluegrass" oozing out of Trashville today! Not that I don't love "real" Bluegrass, Gospel, or Country, but these guys have the guts to let their music speak of men's grief and hopes directly, darkly, and poignantly, as well as the propensities for hope and mischief.
4. Hey, just buy the freakin' thing, pop a beer and a fifth, and see what you think. Bobby's modal sound is putrifying at some yet to be determined place in my genetic code; but you can bet I'm lookin'!!! If I lived in California I'd bring his newspaper to the door jus' to maybe see a lick or two...

Unk Willy

Hey, I'd give 'em about a 9 out of 5!

Art Jones

I want them to hurry up and fill up my CD player
I have a five stack CD player which now only has three slots left. (Troubles and Whiskey occupy the first two.) I hope I don't have to wait too long before I can kick everything else out and fill it with Davis and McKelvey.

me :)

finally found the cd.. YAY ME!!!!
im happy.. it's all in the title.

TRACEY LAWRENCE

THE EARL BROTHERS
GREAT CD! FAST SHIPPING!! GREAT DEAL!! WOULD BUY FROM AGIAN!!! THANKS!!!
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