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October 24, 2013

The Brummy Brothers will be serving up a hootenanny

BLOOMSBURG -- Craigslist, the catch-all website where one can find everything from love to lawn chairs, served as the connector for several New Jersey musicians eager to start a band.

And oh brother, what a band it is.

Tonight the Turkey Hill Brewing Company will welcome The Brummy Brothers to this neck of the woods for a show best described as a good, old-fashioned hootenanny.

“We play bluegrass instruments but use that term to describe ourselves loosely. We play original music with bluegrass instrumentation and add in all of our influences which range from jazz to classic rock and everything in between,” said Eric Brumberg, mandolin player, singer and one of the brothers in the fledgling band. “In order to really experience our music it must be seen live. We are very high energy and people often get our lyrics stuck in their heads. I guess some people just call that Americana nowadays, but I don’t know if we are even that.”

The band’s hybrid sound, a mixture of spot-on harmonies with a slight folksy undertone, works so well because the group members are friends as well as musicians.

While all four band members sing, Dave Brumberg works the bass, Russell Gottlieb does wonders on music’s most trod-upon instrument, the banjo, while Andrew Morris rocks the acoustic guitar.

Together the band creates a sound reminiscent of a dusty old vinyl recording spun with a youthful twist.

“The fact is, we play original music that is true to us and our musical backgrounds, as any rock, funk, or jam band would do. We just do it with bluegrass instruments,” Brumberg said. Referring to what sets the band apart from all the other groups out there vying for attention, he added, “the other thing is people really seem to love and relate to our lyrics.”

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