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The Earl Brothers

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. Going Back Home
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2. Lightning
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3. Troubles
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4. Cold & Lonesome
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5. When The Lovin's All Over
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6. Red Top Rumble
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7. Sweet Bye & Bye
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8. Thinking of You
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9. Cruel Lovers Game
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10. Won't Be Around Anymore
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11. Walk In the Light
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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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Big Hen Music

The Earl Brothers
The Earl Brothers

Self-released big hen music

Like The Steeldrivers, The Earl Brothers present a rare shade of bluegrass. Whereas the Nashville-based Steeldrivers emphasize the hard-lived blues ancestry of bluegrass, San Francisco’s Earl Brothers favour twisted, gothic experiences that peel flesh from bone.

For their fourth album, The Earl Brothers have made striking transitions. The abandonment of the black and grays of their previous releases is apparent; that Robert Earl Davis and his crew have released their own ‘white album’ is significant in more than artwork.

This is a new chapter for the California band.

The dichotomy between the sweetness of bluegrass instrumentation — spectacularly flavoured for the first time with fiddle introduced to the five-piece lineup — and the rough-hewn, hard-scrabble lead vocals and harmonies remains. In adding Tom Lucas’s fiddle, the band has confidently moved toward the bluegrass mainstream using the instrument much the way Bill Monroe did — to emphasize the tempered emotions of a song as the voice simply can’t alone.

Davis’s chosen subject matter hasn’t changed; like a successful novelist, Davis knows that his audience expects certain traits. His protagonists remain rounders, ramblers, and broken-hearted fools fessin’ up to messin’ up with hard women and raw whiskey. The resulting troubles are almost too much to endure — witness tunes like Lightning, Cold and Lonesome and Won’t Be Around Anymore.

Of course, come Sunday morning some reflecting and testifying is required while considering a Walk in the Light singing in the Sweet Bye and Bye.

The Earl Brothers have faithfully released bluegrass recordings containing bright banjo-picking and distinctive vocals from Robert Earl Davis. In Danny Morris, Davis has a guitarist and vocal foil to provide tenor accenting his unconventional singing, while the mandolin of Larry Hughes washes over every song.

The band and this album aren’t for everyone, and I’ve heard people praise and damn the band in equal measure.

Those who favour Dailey & Vincent or IIIrd Tyme Out are advised to look elsewhere — there is nothing polished or contrived about The Earl Brothers. With this album, they have again demonstrated that they are unable to compromise vision or execution.

O Brothers? Undeniably!


Donald Teplyske is a freelance writer who contributes a twice-monthly column on roots music; visit fervorcoulee.wordpress.com for additional reviews.

niamerT

Best there is!
The best bluegrass out there! Sounds like real mountain music, not pop-country with a banjo riff.

Chandra Bruce

Sweet Sounds
I recently went to a private show by the Earl Brothers, and they are FANTASTIC!!! These guys could play together in a tightly closed cardboard box and still sound awesome. What a show, and what a wonderful group of gentlemen!! Keep the music playing guys!!

Billy Schmidt

“The (Renaissance) White Album” – The Earl Brothers
8/2/10 (finally)

Of course I had expectations when I first broke the plastic on the Earl Brothers’ new CD, an enigmatic “White Album” from our pals, and immediately some of those expectations were fulfilled… There it was, like a restless spirit rustlin’ through a dry cornfield, Robert Earl’s banjo pickin’, enticing and poignant but easy and steady all the way through this album, completely controlled in the process of distillation. This whole project despite its comfort to the ear, speaks of deepening discipline and vision, and it beckons you to enter a seemingly bygone but starkly present world. And there came a fiddle line in a song the Stanley Brothers could easily have featured, and then along the way other touches harkening back, back… And more banjo and more fiddle and more fabulous writing, just like always. As long as these nice, sociable (Hi Danny; it was a pleasure at Grass Valley), fellows keep doin’ this music it hasn’t been done enough! This ‘un takes a careful listenin’ though – missing is any sort of a dominant mandolin presence; it’s there at moments but mostly at the edges, and the fiddle pushes into a central role like it was always there but we just were never hearin’ it before. I gotta say a full Bluegrass flush (rumor has it a phenomenon in the works) wouldn’t hurt, but with the songs being mostly vocal pieces, hey… And now the Gospel’s come in, with Danny’s delivery of a straight-up message, and for me it’s a really sincere, not slick, and just plain touching venture in that direction! Any sort of Nashvilleitis couldn’t be further away – it’s a kind of gut-driven, direct provision of Christianity that goes way beyond the over-produced stuff leaking out of Bluegrass Music Row these days, and it fits on the Earl Brothers like shoes outta their closets. Really a mature (nod to J, P, G, & R) “White Album!!!!” So, recite after me: “I will buy the Earl Brothers' New CD, the fabulous White Album of 24K Bluegrass… …I will buy ALL the Earl Brothers’ CD’s… …I will try to actually see the Earl Brothers live… …I will give the Earl Brothers’ music to my friends… …I will strive to own all the Earl Brothers’ music… …I will…”

Billy Schmidt - Albuquerque, New Mexico