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Brothers Comatose andamp;#8212; but not when they’re on stage Friday at the CBC

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Courtesy photoThe Brothers Comatose will wake up the Red Room on Friday.
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CRYSTAL BAY, Nev. andamp;#8212; The Dead Winter Carpenters love the Brothers Comatose.A Northern California bluegrass quintet, the Brothers Comatose often hit the same haunts as Lake Tahoe Actionandamp;#8217;s 2011 Band of the Year.andamp;#8220;The Brothers Comatose possess an authenticity to musicianship and songcraft that draws in the listener,andamp;#8221; Dead Winter Carpentersandamp;#8217; Jesse Dunn said. andamp;#8220;I look forward to their shows whenever we cross paths. The Tahoe community will dig it for certain.andamp;#8221;The band has a new album, andamp;#8220;Respect the Van,andamp;#8221; which was released May 22. The Brothers are Alex and Ben Morrison, who began musically as punk rockers. Band member Gio Benedetti approved of the change of direction.andamp;#8220;The good thing about a string band is that things tend to culminate with dancing rather than elbows flying in a mosh-pit,andamp;#8221; he said.With the addition of members Philip Brezina (fiddle) and Ryan Avellone (mandolin) the band aims andamp;#8220;to offer a damn good time, with a no-bull style that we found in those original living room parties and our live shows,andamp;#8221; Ben Morrison said. andamp;#8220;We tracked everything for the album live in one big room andamp;#8212; treating the studio like a stage.andamp;#8221;The Brothers Comatose have played Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, The Strawberry Festival and High Sierra. The band also has befriended Crystal Bay favorite Nicki Bluhm.Ben Morrison and Bluhm recorded a duet, andamp;#8220;Morning Time.andamp;#8221;andamp;#8220;It tells of the ever present struggles between man and woman andamp;#8212; the guy wants to maintain his life in the big city with all of its late nights, bustle and craziness and the woman is ready for a mellower life.andamp;#8220;Itandamp;#8217;s a compromise and ultimately setting aside some quality time in the morning to spend together.andamp;#8221;


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