Brothers Comatose – but not when they’re on stage Friday at the CBC
CRYSTAL BAY, Nev. – The Dead Winter Carpenters love the Brothers Comatose.A Northern California bluegrass quintet, the Brothers Comatose often hit the same haunts as Lake Tahoe Action’s 2011 Band of the Year.”The Brothers Comatose possess an authenticity to musicianship and songcraft that draws in the listener,” Dead Winter Carpenters’ Jesse Dunn said. “I look forward to their shows whenever we cross paths. The Tahoe community will dig it for certain.”The band has a new album, “Respect the Van,” 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.”The good thing about a string band is that things tend to culminate with dancing rather than elbows flying in a mosh-pit,” he said.With the addition of members Philip Brezina (fiddle) and Ryan Avellone (mandolin) the band aims “to offer a damn good time, with a no-bull style that we found in those original living room parties and our live shows,” Ben Morrison said. “We tracked everything for the album live in one big room – treating the studio like a stage.”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, “Morning Time.””It tells of the ever present struggles between man and woman – 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.”It’s a compromise and ultimately setting aside some quality time in the morning to spend together.”
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