Call it Americana with a Canadian Twist; you can hear it in Deep Dark Woods, Jason Collett, Bahamas, Donovan Woods and The Bros. Landreth. Its a mix of southern and northern, its Jack Daniels with warm maple cream poured in.
Dave Landreth, bassist and vocalist for the Winnipeg Bros. says their smooth roots sound is all their parents’ record collection melted into one.
“Bonnie Raitt, Ry Cooder, Little Feet, John Hyatt, Lyle Lovett, those guys we covered for the project, (the band recently released a covers album including tracks by Kansas and Wings), those are huge influences on the band," says Bros. David, "Thats what we grew up on, what we really love. And when we started writing songs thats what they started like. We didn’t set out to make them sound one way or the other but when we finally got something we were happy about lo and behold it sounded like those because we were drawing on a lot of that. In the States right now theres this great scene, this Americana music scene, roots Americana, thats how we think of ourselves”
Others are beginning to think of the Bros. Landreth a lot too since Joey and David Landreth stepped away from work as sidemen to form their own band. Their debut release Let It Lie won the 2015 Juno for the Group - Roots and Traditional album. Let It Lie was released independently but the strength of their bluesy Eagles- meet-The Band songwriting got them signed to Slate Creek Records and they have been touring the Americana and Canadiana highways harmonizing their way to greater public acclaim.
Brother Dave disavows the public life, of riches and fame. It could be their years with other high profile acts that allowed them to see the pitfalls of being a rockstar or it could be growing up with a famous dad, Wally Landreth who has played with the likes of Amos Garrett. The Bros. recorded their dad's tune "I Am The Fool" for their album.
“If you are in the music industry to get famous you are pursuing an empty pursuit,” he says, “maybe its for something for some folks, I shouldn’t judge but the problem with fame is you will never be famous enough. There will always be somebody more famous andthe fame actually for me is an unwanted side effect. . . but you are making music and if you can make good music and you get to do that every night then you can feel successful and that is totally achievable.”
The Brothers are achieving success on their own terms, one stage, one song at a time, all the while introducing some easy peaceful feelings to Americana and its aficionados.