Who says you can’t choose your family?
“I wake up, a mouth full of earth. Sun shining, but not through the dirt.”
So begins the chorus of the Crooked Brothers’ ‘Buried Alive,’ and it’s a line that aptly describes the trio’s sound: beautiful and warm, but with dirt under its fingernails.
Expect an exciting blend of timeless country classic sounds, barnyard blues and stomping scrapyard funk. Sexuality, death, loss, and loneliness haunt their music, often in three part harmony. The Crooked Brothers will have you falling in love with dying, and dying to fall in love.
Their forthcoming debut album, Deathbed Pillowtalk, will be released early in 2009. It was recorded and self-produced in a small cabin during the cold Manitoba winter. Winnipeg artist Paul Robles will be doing the artwork.
The Crooked Brothers’ fascination with the past extends well beyond their choice of instrumentation. At times, the histories, landscapes and long winters of their hometown Manitoba province boil to the surface and inform both the imagery and the characters of their songs. This is, if nothing else, prairie music.
Their repertoire includes original songs by each of the members, as well as interpretations of old standards and works by musical inspirations such as Howlin’ Wolf, Townes Van Zandt, and Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee.
The Crooked Brothers will be touring extensively over the spring and summer festival season in support of their new album, Deathbed Pillowtalk. The album will be released in early 2009.
Eating when hungry.
Drinking when dry.