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The Brothers Comatose, an Americana rock band from Petaluma, prefer not to be called a "bluegrass band," even if their instrumentation, which includes a banjo, a violin and a mandolin, suggests otherwise. In fact, their preferred descriptor, a "rowdy string band," might more accurately define their live show better than perhaps any genre title could anyway.
Despite their niche sound, the band has played important festivals, including San Francisco's Outside Lands Music Festival, Massachusetts' Freshgrass Music Festival and Napa's BottleRock, as well as venues all over the United States.
The Brothers Comatose's background
As the story goes, Alex Morrison picked up a banjo after someone who had attended their parents' party left it behind. The two learned to play string instruments, honing their skills by learning to play covers of Creedence Clearwater Revival and the Rolling Stones. Since growing up and starting a band in 2009, the brothers have also recruited several members to play alongside them for their live shows: bassist Gio Benedetti, mandolinist Ryan Avellone and violinist Philip Brezina. As Ben Morrison told the San Francisco Chronicle, the band name is a reference to his brother Alex, whose "eyes roll up to the back of his head" when he's playing banjo, making it look like he's in a coma.
The Brothers Comatose's personal life
Ben and Alex Morrison took up singing and playing guitar in the Sonoma County, California as preteens after spending their childhood watching their mother's band - an acoustic folk quartet - rehearse. The two Morrison brothers are very fond of that experience and often credit their mother's band and their parents' music-filled parties as a primary inspiration for their band's material. As Ben told All Access Music in 2015, "It was the musicians in our immediate lives that really had the deep effect" on their work.
As collaborators in their band, the Morrison brothers get along well but have spoken out on the difficulties of keeping a band together. Saying it's necessary to love making music, the two have said that, fortunately, that's the case for them.
The Brothers Comatose's career milestones
The Brothers Comatose released their first album, Songs From the Stoop, in 2010. Its release and the subsequent album, Respect the Van, brought the group some important Brothers Comatose tour opportunities, most notably with the another folk rock act, The Devil Makes Three, as well as a festival appearance at San Francisco's Outside Lands. Their third work, 2016's City Painted Gold, was well-received, with Glide Magazine describing it as "sometimes rowdy, often reflective" and grassroots radio station KDRT hailing it as full of "quick, foot-stomping rhythms and carefree, soaring vocals."
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