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Moonshine

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.
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1. Train of Sorrow
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2. Heartbreak Game
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3. Hell On the Highway
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4. Dark Days
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5. Crossing Richmond
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6. Troubles to Blame
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7. Going Walking
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8. Moonshine
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9. By the Side of the Road
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10. Rooster Ruckus
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11. Too Young to Go
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12. Life Full of Trouble
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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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 Buzz...


"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.



It's always a big event in my neck of the woods when a new Earl Brothers CD appears.
I usually take the day off from work and stay at home--grilling red meat, drinking beer
and blasting a few rounds through my .45. I think you guys are on to something that's
so primeval, insistent, dark, old-time and thrilling that it just about defies description.
I find myself completely mesmerized by your gothic Stanley Brothers sound.
It just doesn't get anymore tough-edged and raw than tunes like "Going Walking," "Hell on the Highway,"
the title track and "Life Full of Trouble," which, if my ears aren't deceiving me sounds like it stays on just one chord throughout the piece. And what a chord itis!
Congratulations, once again, on another job exceedingly well done.

Dave Higgs
Nashville Public Radio
Bluegrass Breakdown






The Earl Brothers
Moonshine
www.EarlBrothers.com

While overhauled in personnel, Robert Earl Davis’s band retains its unique sound. Deliberately under-annunciated, hard scrabble vocals complement tight instrumentation that is dark, rough,and never fancy- the complete antithesis of the prevalent slick, high-browed bluegrass that is mostly ignored in this space.Original in sound, attitude and material, the Earl Brothers’ third album finds the four-piece moving forward while retaining all the elements — troubles, whiskey, women, and death — fans have come to appreciate. The Earl Brothers’ approach to bluegrass is so fresh and natural and their sound so identifiable that listeners are likely to either love or hate this California-based band.

For me, Moonshine is one of the most notable bluegrass albums of the year.


-Donald Teplyske
Freelance writer
Roots music Columnist





KCBL / Backroads Bluegrass

"First let me thank you very much for keeping me on your mailing list. "I REALLY LOVE YOUR MUSIC" as soon as i received your project i couldn't wait to get it home & play it !! After the first few notes, i heard the distinctive sound that you play so well. I could pick it out anywhere. everything is top notch. your original material has the sound & feel of times past. It has that rough edge gritty feel that many traditional bands lack today. this project has to be played several times in order to get the full impact. I played the whole project & my request line was ringing off the hook. I hope I don't wear it out!!"

thank you for sharing your fine project with us.

Al Shusterman


I really enjoy your music.......it harkens back to Bluegrass when it was really music of the people.....

Tom Henderson
Blgrssprlr@aol.com
Blueridge180@aol.com
"This Is Bluegrass"
Now In It's 38th Year Of Syndication
88.5 WMNF-FM - Tampa, FL



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.


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Annie Shaw

don't give five out easily
When I bought the new Earl Bros. album last week, I wasn't too sure what I was getting into. But I must say that the train of sorrow passed though dark days and led me straight to the Moonshine. Well done fellahs.

Mr Flo

that ole time sound
The thing i love most about the Earl Bros is they got that ole time sound, yet write 100% of the music on this CD. Bobby Earl tells stories of women, whiskey, and other troubles. Banjo, guitar, and mandolin, twang, twiddle, and hum, with that all important pulsing thump.

lil jimmy

I thought they couldn't get any better!!!
This CD is awesome. If you love ruff, rowdy and raw mountain bluegrass, this is your band! I know these guys live in San Francisco, but they must be from the South because they don't sound like California Bluegrass! The Earl Brothers remind me of a cross between Ralph Stanley and Hank Williams.

Jeromy Bolen

Perfect
This is exactly how it should be done.

Ryan Orr

Moonshine
This takes up where the other recordings left off.
Another stroll thruogh hillbilly exellance. A must
if you have a taste for moonshine.

Cat (DJ@RadioFreeAmericana.com)

1/3 Bluegrass, 1/3 Old-Time, 1/3 Punk Rock 'n' Roll
The Earl Brothers have made another consistently excellent album with "Moonshine". Imagine if the Stanley Brothers had grown up in the modern era listening to rock 'n roll and you might get an idea about what they sound like. They capture that high lonesome sound with the same enthusiasm you might expect from punk rockers. Indeed, there is a definite connection between rock 'n roll and old-time mountain music, as evidenced by The Sex Pistols' visit to the Appalachian mountains to meet The Roan Mountain Hilltoppers on their tour of the U.S. back in the day. Other bands like the Avetts, Old Crow Medicine Show, et al work similar territory, but the Earls are perhaps the most underappreciated. But don't take my word for it, download it and enjoy for yourself.

Mike Corwin

Moonshine
I was listening to Bluegrass Radio on the internet over the weekend and all of a sudden there was a sound I didn't recognize. It was The Earl Brothers! The song was "Don't Play the Jukebox". I immediately went to iTunes to look up the title to see what album it came from. But... there was nothing there for the Earl Brothers. So, my next stop was good ole Google. Success!!! Three times over. I listened to all the songs from all three of their albums trying to figure out which one to buy. I couldn't choose just one and tonight I broke down and bought all three!. They have a sound that I haven't heard since I was a boy in the late 40's and early 50's. Actually, when I heard the very first one I thought it had been recorded back then because the sound was so true to that era. But, back to the other night... My wife was in bed reading when I heard the first song. I actually made her get up and listen to about 6 of their songs after I found your site. At first she thought I was being unreasonable but after hearing a few of them I found myself standing as she was very happy sitting in my chair and listening. On this album (do they still call them albums?) my favorite is "Heartbreak Game". It's got all the components of a Carter Stanley song and, from me, that's saying something! Tomorrow all three albums will be on my iPod.

Compton Effect

More Cow Bell....
I loved it the throw back to ol' blue grass music is a hit in my book.

MARY A LYNCH

Moonshine
Loved it,,knew I would..love your sound

Joe Ross

Life as rounders with drunken days and evil ways
The Earl Brothers’ “hillbilly mountain music” continues to emphasize pain, sorrow, troubles, loneliness and heartache. The fiddle-less bluegrass quartet features a brother-duo singing style that recreates a traditional sound reminiscent of the 1930s and 40s. But at the same time, their songs are all originals as if they were living another life from decades past. As vocalized in “Dark Days,” these boys have a different kind of brotherly bond ….. singing about life as rounders with drunken days and evil ways. Earl Brothers songs are all about hurtin’ inside, and they contain succinct, concise observations and guidance. For example, in “Troubles To Blame,“ they tell us to “stay ahead of the game” and “make your own sunshine.” It’s pure, simple, unadulterated, rustic country folk advice like “I’m going walkin‘, stay away from bad blues.” Their music, old-timey and mountainous, begs for more of the wail and moan of the fiddle such as that provided by guest Bill Foss on the closing cut, “Life is Full of Trouble.” While the Earls probably record live around a couple of mics, they could still import fiddle tracks from the likes of guest artists who share their lonely sentiments and blue style. On the other hand, The Earl Brothers have clearly established their conceptually thematic sound on previous releases. Like Billy Boy “that old broken heap” who was abandoned by his mother on the side of the road, The Earl Brothers deserve a happy ending. I encourage you to hear their “pitiful cries,” and if their music moves you, please help them along their way. (Joe Ross, 29 palms, CA)
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