The Brother Brothers bring sibling harmonies to The Palms on Saturday, Sept. 14

The Brother Brothers will perform at The Palms Playhouse on Saturday, Sept. 14 starting at 8 p.m.
The Brother Brothers––twins David and Adam Moss––will perform at The Palms (13 Main St., Winters) on Saturday, Sept. 14. Tickets for the 8 p.m. concert are $20 ($12 with student ID). Justin Camerer/Courtesy photo

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The Brother Brothers carry the folk tradition for a new generation. Identical twins David and Adam Moss honor contemporary aches with the nostalgic tenderness of another time on their debut full-length album, “Some People I Know” (Compass Records, 2018).  The Brother Brothers will perform at The Palms Playhouse on Saturday, Sept. 14 starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 ($12 with student ID). Heralded by No Depression as “a duo that pairs tasteful harmony vocals with two-person musical arrangements that weave together bluegrass and the darker side of folk” and by Rolling Stone Country for their “intimate acoustic folk anchored by butter-smooth close-harmony vocals and minimalist-yet-sophisticated arrangements,” The Brother Brothers blend gentle guitar, cello and five-string fiddle with the sublime sort of two-part harmonies only siblings can carry.  Although young men, The Brother Brothers have boasted this folk sound for decades. Growing up in Peoria, Ill., they sang along to their father’s record collection of the Kingston Trio, the Everly Brothers, the Beatles, and the Beach Boys.  “That’s where we learned to sing harmony and then one thing leads to another,” says Adam. “All of a sudden we could harmonize to anything we wanted to. It was a very natural progression.” After earning music degrees, the brothers set off on separate musical journeys. Adam traded in the viola for a fiddle and joined Green Mountain Grass, Austin’s premier gonzograss band. David did a short stint in Chicago, then moved to Austin and formed a progressive folk group called The Blue Hit. Once in Austin, David discovered the music of Texas songwriters like Townes Van Zandt and Blaze Foley and began writing songs shortly thereafter. In 2011, he won the Newfolk songwriting competition at Kerrville Folk Festival.  After a couple of years, the twins reunited in Brooklyn, where The Brother Brothers was born. They soon accepted invitations to open tours with Sarah Jarosz and Lake Street Dive. They released an independent EP, “Tugboats,” in 2017, followed by a national tour with I’m With Her in 2018. They’ve also opened for Big Thief, Shakey Graves and more.  The album’s title, “Some People I Know,” refers to the personal nature of these songs. As David explains, “I think every song on the album is about a person or a character, and in a way, it’s a reflection of ourselves.”  For example, “Mary Ann,” written by David, is an encouraging ode to a friend with depression. “Banjo Song,” written by Adam, conveys a conversation with someone who gives up playing an instrument after a hurtful breakup.  Though he’s usually on fiddle, Adam plays banjo on the track; throughout the album, David plays guitar and cello. Recorded in New York City, The Brother Brothers captured a modern snapshot of their surroundings. Yet “Some People I Know” retains a timeless feel––something that the brothers were aiming for. “I just want people to listen to it once and want to listen to it again,” David says. “And every time they listen to it, I want them to find something new and in some way relate it to themselves. Whether they’re listening to it today or in 40 years, I hope it will make them feel just the same.” Speaking about their live shows, Adam says, “I feel like there’s definitely like a living room vibe. Most of our experience before we were performing as a duo was sitting around song circles with friends, playing and creating a very homey, small-room environment.” Tickets are available online via The Palms’ website and through Eventbrite, as well as at Pacific Ace Hardware in Winters, Armadillo Music in Davis, Davids’ Broken Note in Woodland and at the door if the show is not sold out.  For more information, visit palmsplayhouse.com and thebrotherbrothersmusic.com.   ]]>

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