They are «home-grown and home-brewed», «both pretty and gritty at once» they confide on their fine website. That’s definitely them and their music but especially their music which excels with original compositions and a home-grown take on folk, blues and rock and anything they might come up with at the spur of the moment when their massive imagination tickles them. It’s folk music with an unheard rhythmic groove, music that likes throwing sliders and curve balls but music that soars sky high jubilant and nosedives canyon deep. Darwin’s harmonica can linger way up in the air like only Toots Thieleman’s could, Jesse’s words can make even the devil forget his dilemma and Matt’s gravelly deep, otherworldly voice makes him sound like the Fedor Shalyapin of the prairie. Add to that banjos, mandolins and guitars and not least the Brother’s own maniacal attention to musical detail. Their effort’s triangular, all three artists go at it with sounds, words and ideas. When they’re performing live they’re adding two musicians on upright bass and drums for an even deeper, richer sound.
They’ve been around, too. In every nook and cranny all over Canada at first and overseas at the Brighton’s GB major Great Escape Festival and closer to your neighborhood, the Willisau Spring Blue Grass Festival. The Crooked Brothers released three full length albums and their latest «Thank You I’m Sorry» (2014) was recorded in the wide open spaces of a warehouse and a hand-built log cabin and we’re befuddled if it doesn’t sound and feel bigger than the previous two. Thank you Crooked Brothers. And we’re not sorry.