2016 – Funky Joint
By Phillip Smith; Mar 5, 2016
Listening to the debut album, Dusty Road, from Brothers Brown, puts a big smile on my face and makes me long for summertime, when outdoor concerts are in season. Thankfully that time of year is just around the corner. This bluesy, jam-friendly band is fronted by two gentlemen named Paul Brown: one, a double Grammy-winning producer/guitarist/singer/songwriter from Los Angeles, the other, a Grammy-nominated producer/keyboardist/songwriter from Nashville. The other two members, bassist David Santos, and drummer Pete Young make for an outstanding rhythm section. This is a really tight group of musicians.
When I first heard the song “Cup of Tea”, I couldn’t help but notice the Allman Brothers and Widespread Panic influence. It’s pure southern boogie with tasty electric guitar licks and a rich organ accompaniment. The driving beat and funky rhythm of “Hurricane” is such a rejoicing sound, it should have a label that reads, “Warning! Listening to this song could lead to the loss of shoes and uncontrollable urges to dance”. Little Feat guitarist Paul Barrere guests on this track to lay down some delicious slide. They score big on “The River” too. This powerful song about revisiting the past is comfort music for the soul. I love the slow soulful groove of “Love Sake”. It’s a perfect song for chilling, relaxing and swaying.
Poignant songwriting, stellar performances, and a whole lot of heart and soul is what makes Dusty Road such a pleasurable listen. I’ll surely be keeping my eyes out for Brothers Brown in concert now.