Their story is a romantic tale of meeting the right people at the right time. The Brummy Brothers have been charming their way through clubs from Maryland to Maine for the better part of two years, which has earned them some notoriety. However, with the dream in their hearts and the love of their fans, it was as simple as a Facebook post and an encouraging band manager that landed them not only in the studio, but also into the proverbial loving arms of violinist and producer, Timothy Carbone. All the pieces fell into place.
The Brummy Brothers created their first full-length album of Neo-Traditional Bluegrass songs with lyrical stanzas fitting the modern-day doldrums and delights, titled On Our Way. “Cell Phone Blues” is the bluegrass answer to text message break-ups in a playful song. A touch of naughty is recognized in “No Good” when the pluck of the banjo hangs on the strumming edge of the guitar leading into the “stars, they light my way because the no good can’t travel in the day.” Guest, George Maher taunts and teases with his trumpet. But, ho-hum, the doldrums won’t get these boys down. Redemption enters the disc with “Wise and Jaded.”
The delights of life don’t fall short in this album either. The appealing nugget of “Weed, Whiskey, Women” would surely entice a crowd in this quick-to-learn sing-a-long. Timothy Carbone sits-in on piano, adding a frisky energy to the lively lyrics “nothing like being horny, drunk, stoned and laughing.” No bluegrass album would be complete without a breakdown of sorts and the Brummy’s hit their mark with instrumental, “Hub City Hoedown.”
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The light and breezy travel songs offer a glimpse of beginning a life on the road, both metaphorical and literal as in “60 Miles to Boston;” the harmonization is a breadth of fresh air. “Cruisin’”, another travel tune utilizing a striking blend of vocal quality could easily become the annual Jam Cruise anthem.
The cohesive approach to the sound and camaraderie of Andrew Morris (Guitar) and Russell Gottlieb (Banjo) and brothers Dave (Standup bass) and Eric Brumberg (Mandolin) bring forth a delightful and lively collection of songs. The Brummy Brothers kick off a late spring and early summer tour May 10th at the Susquehanna Breakdown Music Festival in Scranton, PA.
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Key Tracks: Weed, Whiskey, Women, Cruisin’, No Good