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Brothers N’ Blues – That’s AlrightBrothers N’ Blues – That’s Alright

The brothers are:
Mark Sells: lead & rhythm guitar, lead vocals
Bill Leyva: bass, backing vocals
Mike Rincon: Hammond B3, Korg CX3
David Urguidi: Tenor Sax
Andy Mendoza: drums (4 & 5), backing vocals
Ron Villarreal: drums (1, 2 & 3)

On a business trip back in 2000’ish I caught a live show of the Brothers N’ Blues at B.B. Kings club in Universal City (Los Angeles). My first thought was they were pretty good, I scratched my head and thought hmm, a Christian blues band, why not.

This was originally intended as a three-song demo to showcase the addition of organ and sax. What we get is a five song EP CD, somewhere shy of a full release and greater than a demo. I’d say a nice, low-carb helping of the Brothers N’ Blues.

Songs 4 & 5 are both live versions, recorded at Calvary Chapel Montebello on 5/6/04.

The songs:

1. Calling My Lord – slow electric blues with a killer guitar solo, wow.

2. That’s Alright – a fast paced rockabilly tune reminiscent of the fifties, as an added bonus we get a Chuck Berry like guitar solo.

3. Don’t Understand It – vocals are a bit more powerful and well harmonized, the horn added a jazzy, swingin’ feel. The Hammond was very, very cool. There ain’t nothin’ like a Hammond.

4. Need Your Live – sax throughout and a distorted guitar solo that rocked. I’d bet there was no one left sitting for this performance.

5. I’m Lookin’ Up – primarily bass and drums, the vocals were rich and soulful, the backing vocals were a great touch.

Five years later I have joined a blues band also playing worship songs, these guys were the first I heard and a source of motivation & inspiration for me. I hope to share the stage with the brothers at some point soon. Until then, let’s get them to the Midwest! Hey guys, get back to the studio and finish this up! I want more. Visit their site www.brothersnblues.com, buy their CD, and spread the word.

Rating: excellent, short, but real sweet. 4.7337

Buy this CD!
Ciao' for now, peace.
Peter 'Cornbread' Cohen, CBP
~ Cornbread@STLBlues.net ~

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