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Brothers and Sisters - Fortunately (08/19/08)

BROTHERS AND SISTERS
Fortunately
Release Date: 08/19/08


Track Listing
  1. Mason City       
  2. You're Gone       
  3. I Don't Rely   
  4. Make a Man's Body Hurt
  5. Can't Hold Me Back     
  6. The Wind   
  7. The Air Is Getting Thicker     
  8. The Trees Are Bare     
  9. California   
  10. That's How It Goes
  11. Lonely Man     
  12. Wash Away     
  13. Ainrofilac
  14. Fortunately

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http://www.thebrothersandsisters.com
http://www.myspace.com/brothersandsistersmusic

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 07/22/2008 09:05:06  written by vu ()

BROTHERS AND SISTERS
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Austin, Texas' Brothers and Sisters are an alt-country-folk group, although I think they are leaning more towards country. Mojo Magazine calls them as belonging to such music acts as Neil Young and The Jayhawks.

There are many confusing things about their album, Fortunately, the press material I was given said that it's slated for release on July 22nd, however, a semi-recent press release said that it will be officially release August 19th.

Plus, the most confusing thing was that iTunes recognized this disc as being "The Brothers and Sisters of L.A." I thought about the "Los Angeles" thing for a second and it does make sense if you look at the cover artwork, it features what looks like Yosemite National Park with a UFO over it?

It would seem that the band consists of real-life brother and sister, Will and Lily Courtney. Most of their songs are sung by Will, but on occasion, like the delightful country song "Mason City" features Lily singing on the second stanza. The more and more I listen to "Mason City", the more I'm beginning to think it's not so much about traveling on the road, but more as a runaway. It's still a good song, whatever the subject matter might be.

I think that's the key to listening to this album, you have to listen to it more than a few times to really get it. You see, at first pass, I thought they're nothing more than an alt-country band. But after the third or fourth time, I realize that they're actually more than that. Some of the more memorable songs I liked are the rocking "You're Gone", "I Don't Rely", and "The Trees Are Bare" (with a trio of talk-backs from Will, Lily and a guitar!).

They just finished up their July dates, and their next one is in August. According to their myspace, they are planning on a bigger and expansive tour in late August.

    08/08/08 Lambert’s Austin, Texas

Be sure to check site.weheartmusic.com for any tour announcements.

 08/21/2008 00:02:46  written by vu ()

There were a few albums that was released August 19th that we have in house for review, so I'm working my way to clear out my queue.

I also wanted to remind you that Brothers and Sisters's album, Fortunately was also released. I reviewed this album a few months ago when I thought it was released in July.

I also mentioned that at that time, there was no touring information. Well the good news is that they've finalized their tour dates, so see if they're coming to your town below:

August 21 - Dallas, TX @ The Cavern
August 22 - Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory
August 26 - Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
August 27 - Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club
August 29 - Chicago, IL @ Town Hall Pub
September 01 - St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway
September 03 - Bloomington, IN @ Cinemat
September 04 - Louisville, KY @ Skull Alley
September 06 - Dayton, OH @ Canal Street Tavern
September 07 - Columbus, OH @ Bernie's
September 10 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Smiling Moose
September 11 - New York, NY @ Union Hall
September 12 - State College, PA @ Chronic Town
September 14 - Washington, DC @ DC9
September 16 - Asheville, NC @ Emerald Lounge
September 17 - Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
September 18 - Philadelphia, PA @ M-Room
September 20 - Little Rock, AR @ Sticky Fingerz


Brothers And Sisters Announce New Tour Dates!

21 August 2008, 6:04PM CDT by vu (Vu Nguyen)

From AAM


Brothers and Sisters - Fortunately (08/19/08)
Austin, TX country-fied rockers Brothers And Sisters return with Fortunately, the follow-up to 2006’s self-title debut.  Led by real-life siblings Will and Lily Courtney, Brothers And Sisters music reaches back to a sunnier age of West Coast pop, AM radio balladry and classic country.  Beautiful harmonies are rampant throughout the album harking comparisons to 60’s and 70’s greats like The Beach Boys and Gram Parsons.  “You’re Gone,” the most rocking track on Fortunately is the perfect example of old-time pedal steel country cranked to 11 with distorted guitars and cut-time drumming.  Will Courtney shows off his knack for gorgeous balladry with the song “Make A Man’s Body Hurt,” a track that could easily be found on any lonely saloon’s jukebox.  Fortunately is truly an amazing album of sun-bake melodies with Texas heritage country.  Fans of Drive-By Truckers and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy prepare to fall head over heels for Brothers And Sisters’ Fortunately.

 

Catch Brothers And Sisters On Tour!

 

August 22 - Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory

August 26 - Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews

August 27 - Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club

August 29 - Chicago, IL @ Town Hall Pub

September 01 - St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway

September 03 - Bloomington, IN @ Cinemat

September 04 - Louisville, KY @ Skull Alley

September 06 - Dayton, OH @ Canal Street Tavern

September 07 - Columbus, OH @ Bernie's

September 10 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Smiling Moose

September 11 - New York, NY @ Union Hall

September 12 - State College, PA @ Chronic Town

September 14 - Washington, DC @ DC9

September 16 - Asheville, NC @ Emerald Lounge

September 17 - Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506

September 18 - Philadelphia, PA @ M-Room

September 20 - Little Rock, AR @ Sticky Fingerz


Brothers And Sisters Announce Upcoming Tour Dates!

12 August 2008, 5:45PM CDT by vu (Vu Nguyen)

From AAM

BROTHERS AND SISTERS
FORTUNATELY
CALLA LILLY
Brothers and Sisters is a band out of time. Led by real-life siblings Will and Lily Courtney, their music entirely lacks the calculated cool of contemporary indie rock and seems totally oblivious to the cynical machinations of the music business. In an indie world currently hell-bent on exhuming the still-warm corpse of post-punk, Brothers and Sisters reach back to a sunnier age, when idioms as disparate as polished West Coast pop, rock and roll choogle, AM radio balladry and classic country could still rub up against each other at the same hazy Topanga canyon party. Live, the music called up by this stage-cluttering eight-piece alternately evokes classic-rock gods like The Band, late era-Byrds, Fleetwood Mac and Buffalo Springfield alongside songwriters such as Dennis Wilson, Jimmy Webb, and the Mamas and the Papas' John Phillips on his classic John, the Wolf King of L.A.
 
"Brothers and Sisters bask in the same golden sunshine as The Mamas and The Papas and The Byrds, but also mines the era's darker side... Austin's best-kept, countrified secret." - CMJ Magazine

"There is nothing pretentious or even ostentatious about this music; one can almost smell the tobacco and old Lone Star beer cans spike with salt and lime."
- No Depression

"Austin-based eight-piece who sound like Big Star jamming with Neil Young (New Life) and The Jayhawks (Without You), The Mamas and the Papas, Byrds, even Ray Davies in a swamp. Country rock ballads and pop perfection, with imperfections in the home-made, one take sound to make it all the more engaging." - MOJO  
 
Brothers and Sisters' eponymous siblings are the children of Ragan Courtney and Cynthia Clawson, respectively a Baptist preacher and a Grammy-winning independent gospel artist dubbed "The Christian Barbra Streisand" both for her voice and for her support of the Christian gay community (the latter of which got her excommunicated from Christian radio). When he was six, the Courtney parents took young Will to a Beach Boys concert and it was over; he decided to become a musician. As a kid he sang in Houston's Post Oak Boy's Choir and before long was recording songs for childrens' records and commercials. When he was old enough to get out of Houston, Will headed to L.A. - home of his idols The Beach Boys, Randy Newman and the Flying Burrito Brothers.
 
After stints in short-lived bands and some work with Zander Schloss (The Circle Jerks, Joe Strummer) and Ric Menck (The Pernice Brothers, The Tyde), Will grew frustrated when the excesses of the L.A. music scene stymied productivity, so he took off - driving his pickup down to Austin, Texas to start a band with his sister. Their self-recorded debut featured a motley crew of Will and Lily's friends and acquaintances as the backing band; a handful of weeks after that debut was recorded, Brothers and Sisters had grown into a seven-piece. In late 2005, Conrad Keely - the singer of...And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead - invited Will and Lily to contribute harmonies (and, on one of the song, a lead vocal) on the forthcoming ...Trail of Dead record. Shortly thereafter, Keely joined the band, playing violin and keyboards. The ragged sprawl of their live appearances (misunderstanding audience members have all-too-frequently compared Brothers And Sisters to a cult) sparked attention, and gigs with friends in Okkervil River, The Tyde, Jeff Tweedy, Spoon and ...Trail of Dead - as well as appearances at Austin's SXSW music festival - quickly made Brothers and Sisters a favorite with Austin crowds.
 
Following several months of good press during their first year, in December, their song "Without You" was featured on an episode of The OC. The band followed up their debut release and ended their first year by U.S. touring the US and Canada with ...Trail of Dead and The Blood Brothers, piling in a van for several months and lapping the country twice, an epic, roving family affair. Recently, they recorded their second full-length record incorporating lessons learned from their ever-evolving live shows.
 
UPCOMING BROTHERS AND SISTERS SHOWS
 
August 21 - Dallas, TX @ The Cavern

August 22 - Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory

August 26 - Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews

August 27 - Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club
 
August 29 - Chicago, IL @ Town Hall Pub

September 01 - St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway

September 03 - Bloomington, IN @ Cinemat

September 04 - Louisville, KY @ Skull Alley

September 06 - Dayton, OH @ Canal Street Tavern

September 07 - Columbus, OH @ Bernie's

September 10 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Smiling Moose

September 11 - New York, NY @ Union Hall

September 12 - State College, PA @ Chronic Town

September 14 - Washington, DC @ DC9

September 16 - Asheville, NC @ Emerald Lounge

September 17 - Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506

September 18 - Philadelphia, PA @ M-Room

September 20 - Little Rock, AR @ Sticky Fingerz


 Fortunately Track Listing

1. "Mason City"
2. "You're Gone"
3. "I Don't Rely"
4. "Make a Man's Body Hurt"
5. "Can't Hold Me Back"
6. "The Wind"
7.
"The Air is Getting Thicker"
8. "The Trees are Bare"  
9. "California"
10. "That's How it Goes"
11. "Lonely Man"
12. "Wash Away"
13. "Ainrofilac"
14. "Fortunately"  


Brothers And Sisters Release Fortunately On August 19
20 July 2008, 5:59AM CDT by vu (Vu Nguyen)
From AAM


BROTHERS
AND SISTERS
FORTUNATELY
CALLA LILLY
Hecuba  
Brothers and Sisters is a band out of time. Led by real-life siblings Will and Lily Courtney, their music entirely lacks the calculated cool of contemporary indie rock and seems totally oblivious to the cynical machinations of the music business. In an indie world currently hell-bent on exhuming the still-warm corpse of post-punk, Brothers and Sisters reach back to a sunnier age, when idioms as disparate as polished West Coast pop, rock and roll choogle, AM radio balladry and classic country could still rub up against each other at the same hazy Topanga canyon party. Live, the music called up by this stage-cluttering eight-piece alternately evokes classic-rock gods like The Band, late era-Byrds, Fleetwood Mac and Buffalo Springfield alongside songwriters such as Dennis Wilson, Jimmy Webb, and the Mamas and the Papas' John Phillips on his classic John, the Wolf King of L.A.
 
"Brothers and Sisters bask in the same golden sunshine as The Mamas and The Papas and The Byrds, but also mines the era's darker side... Austin's best-kept, countrified secret." - CMJ Magazine

"There is nothing pretentious or even ostentatious about this music; one can almost smell the tobacco and old Lone Star beer cans spike with salt and lime."
- No Depression

"Austin-based eight-piece who sound like Big Star jamming with Neil Young (New Life) and The Jayhawks (Without You), The Mamas and the Papas, Byrds, even Ray Davies in a swamp. Country rock ballads and pop perfection, with imperfections in the home-made, one take sound to make it all the more engaging." - MOJO  
 
Brothers and Sisters' eponymous siblings are the children of Ragan Courtney and Cynthia Clawson, respectively a Baptist preacher and a Grammy-winning independent gospel artist dubbed "The Christian Barbra Streisand" both for her voice and for her support of the Christian gay community (the latter of which got her excommunicated from Christian radio). When he was six, the Courtney parents took young Will to a Beach Boys concert and it was over; he decided to become a musician. As a kid he sang in Houston's Post Oak Boy's Choir and before long was recording songs for childrens' records and commercials. When he was old enough to get out of Houston, Will headed to L.A. - home of his idols The Beach Boys, Randy Newman and the Flying Burrito Brothers.
 
After stints in short-lived bands and some work with Zander Schloss (The Circle Jerks, Joe Strummer) and Ric Menck (The Pernice Brothers, The Tyde), Will grew frustrated when the excesses of the L.A. music scene stymied productivity, so he took off - driving his pickup down to Austin, Texas to start a band with his sister. Their self-recorded debut featured a motley crew of Will and Lily's friends and acquaintances as the backing band; a handful of weeks after that debut was recorded, Brothers and Sisters had grown into a seven-piece. In late 2005, Conrad Keely - the singer of...And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead - invited Will and Lily to contribute harmonies (and, on one of the song, a lead vocal) on the forthcoming ...Trail of Dead record. Shortly thereafter, Keely joined the band, playing violin and keyboards. The ragged sprawl of their live appearances (misunderstanding audience members have all-too-frequently compared Brothers And Sisters to a cult) sparked attention, and gigs with friends in Okkervil River, The Tyde, Jeff Tweedy, Spoon and ...Trail of Dead - as well as appearances at Austin's SXSW music festival - quickly made Brothers and Sisters a favorite with Austin crowds.
 
Following several months of good press during their first year, in December, their song "Without You" was featured on an episode of The OC. The band followed up their debut release and ended their first year by U.S. touring the US and Canada with ...Trail of Dead and The Blood Brothers, piling in a van for several months and lapping the country twice, an epic, roving family affair. Recently, they recorded their second full-length record incorporating lessons learned from their ever-evolving live shows.



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