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The Sumner Brothers were recommended to us by our fine Canadian friends, The Deep Dark Woods. We’ve shown a propensity for liking the same music, it seemed likely that we’d be fans of Bob & Brian Sumner. In fact, The Sumner Brothers are featured on the same Townes Van Zandt Compilation alongside The Deep Dark Woods.
You’ll hear shades of Cash, Willie, and Haggard throughout the album. “Pain” and “Two Hands” evoke memories of The Man In Black. The songs move slowly and are deeply affecting. Lyrics from the two include:
Love can live without me / It’s a big a world. Better look over what I got / Cause it won’t last long / I better look over what I got / Long live the pain
Willie is front and center during “Yeah Blue,” a traditional song that ambles along as Bob sings of his beloved dog. Bob also delivers the goods on “Girl in the Window,” a rollicking tune that boogies along with a tasty harp lick.
I like The Sumner Brothers for many of the same reasons I love artists like Justin Townes Earle, The Deep Dark Woods, and Joe Pug. They bring Country and Folk music back to a time when it was less about writing music for Corona commercials and more about staying true to yourself. The Brothers have put together an album that deserves more of an audience, especially here in the States.