New bands from NYC with original songs and a dose of tradition
“The Rad Trads," says the Cascade Blues Association, "have the insouciant charm of the pre-invasion Beatles, if the Beatles had been led by Dr. John and sung about hungover mornings instead of Hard Day's Nights." When The Rad Trads formed in the spring of 2012, they were meeting each other in New York City's East Village for the first time. They were transplants from Chicago, Los Angeles, Portland, and Washington, D.C., looking to play with the best musicians they could find. Their horns, guitars, drums and love for the classics like The Band, Allen Toussaint and Dr. John brought them together. They've dominated Manhattan and and Brooklyn with their punk rock energy and showmanship, powerful horns, driving rhythm section, and four captivating lead vocalists, and they come to Michigan with their new sophomore album.
The Brother Brothers, twins, are Brooklyn's Adam and Davis Moss. They offer rich harmonies and thoughtful songs accompanied by guitar, cello, violin, and banjo in a coherent way that only musicians from the same family can achieve. Already established players and composers in a wide spectrum of genres around New York and beyond, they are finally teaming up to bring their individual experiences together. Among their fans is Sarah Jarosz, who raves: "They approach their poignant and often charming songs with an almost startling sense of ease, and the tight harmonies are enough to send shivers down anyone’s spine. Their ability to pull the listener into their quietly energetic musical journey is a joy to behold."