A new video from the Brother’s Rye, featuring the single “Start It Up Again,” is an ode to front man Benjamin Lee Paterson’s hometown of Woods Hole, as well as the seasonal tides all Cape Codders are familiar with.
As anyone who’s set foot there knows, Woods Hole has a Jekyll and Hyde quality: the good times of summer, filled with steel drums and shellfish, and a harsh, windy winter. As the band jams out around a bonfire, flasks passing and sparks flying, “Start Up Again” conveys the seasonal rite of passage from winter into spring, despair into hope. Even if you’ve never been to Woods Hole, you’ll find yourself humming along, feeling just a tad it nostalgic for those raw March days.
What happens when a ragtag band of lovable misfits channel the spirit of old time jug band music icon, Jim Kweskin, take a page from hard driving outlaw country legend Hank Williams, and add just a dash, of the King… of Bluegrass, Jimmy Martin? You have yourself an Outlaw Jug Band!!! That’s what happens! A live performance from the Brother’s Rye reflects heart of New England heritage, a little rough around the edges, but it always get’s done right. The Brother’s Rye have dedicated their musical lives to making sure no one single person leaves the show without smiling, even if it’s just for a little bit. Deftly alternating between originals penned by singer-songwriter Benjamin Lee Paterson and a wide selection of covers, Brother’s Rye offers up a fine blend of “outlaw jug band music” for discerning audiences.
Poised to break out as one of New England’s leading Americana bands, Woods Hole based, Brother’s Rye released a six-track debut EP, The Down Low, on June 15th, 2013. The project is available through CD Baby and Itunes. The single “Start It Up Again” is an anthem to seasonal rites of passage on Cape Cod, featuring International Bluegrass Music Award winner and Grammy nominated artist, Jenni Lyn Gardner on mandolin. The band is currently off in a woodshed somewhere working on their first full length album set for release in 2014. Don’t worry the old shed has the internet, and the boys are currently booking shows for 2014 and beyond. Brother’s Rye are fan favorites at Grumpy’s Pub in Falmouth, The Port Hunter in Edgartown, Johnny D’s Uptown Restaurant and Music Club in Somerville, and the Cantab Lounge in Cambridge.
Holy Sh*t I didn’t even realize I liked this kind of music!?!?
I heard “Start it up again” once,,,, then played it about 60-80 times back-to-back before I figured out where to score the rest of the album (the song was on Brother’s Rye ~ The Down Low, on CDBaby & iTunes) now I can’t take the rest of the album out of whatever player I have near me… And I have an uncontrollable urge to grow a beard and drink whiskey from a jar?
Looking forward to more from these guys, if their next date wasn’t 3114miles away I would be in the front row!