The Sumner Brothers
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They are The Sumner Brothers.
Hailing from Vancouver, brothers Brian and Bob Sumner have garnered an incredible amount of attention for the short amount of time they have been on the scene.
Their music has been described as foot stompin, rockin, rustic-roots, country, folk and blues.
They have been placed on a compilation album with the likes of The Be Good Tanyas, Jolie Holland, and Sean Hayes.
Samantha Parton of The Be Good Tanyas has called The Sumner Brothers her “new favorite band”.
Michael Leahy of the “cool as folk” radio show in Davis California has placed them in the “upper echelon of B.C. songwriters”.
Says Craig Bonnell of songsillinois: “while this doesn’t live up to the music you might hear from a southern Baptist church choir, it does sound like the Gospel songs of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Gordon Gano. The band deals in the deeply spiritual side of music
while expressing no interest in any particular religion. Their songs seem to explore the themes and topics that are both nearest and dearest to our own hearts but also the ones we speak about the least”.
With James Meger on Bass and Mike Ardagh on Drums, The Sumner Brothers rhythm section has become one of the most highly respected on the Vancouver Music Scene.
Bringing with them years of Funk and Jazz experience, these Vancouver Greats have elevated the songs of The Sumner Brothers to a new kind of level, creating what Adam McIsaac of Feldman and Associates has called “a force to be reckoned with”.
Samantha Parton of The Be Good Tanyas has said:
“The Sumner Brothers are, in my opinion, the most talented band Vancouver (if not Canada) has seen in a long time. They are true artists – great singers, brilliant songwriters, with the musical chops and soul to boot. I was so happy to come across them at a time when I had become more than a little disillusioned with what was passing for good roots music around Vancouver – their music reinspired me and reinvigorated my interest in the kind of music they play. Their sound is so pure, so honest, and so GOOD. Seeing them live is a revelation; listening to their recordings is a profound experience. What they have to offer is more than entertainment – it’s medicine.
The Be Good Tanyas
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