Manitoba folk and blues trio The Crooked Brothers stream their upcoming album, Thank You, I’m Sorry, via Exclaim!, a week before its September 23 release. Watch the intimate new video for “Mean Mean Baby”. Canadian tour dates begin in October at the BreakOut West Music Festival.
The Blues are more often than not a blue collar gig, which make it only fitting that the second single from The Crooked Brothers, “Mean Mean Baby” was written on the job. “I wrote the song while on the clock at this old job I had, making deliveries around town,” says Darwin Baker. “Harmonica in one hand and steering wheel in the other. I got the idea after reading an interview with Winnipeg Blues legend Big Dave MacLean, where he was talking about how with the blues you can write a love song, it’s just gotta have a crooked angle to it.” Shot inside the log cabin where the track was recorded, the new video for “Mean Mean Baby” captures the honesty and intimacy of the track.
Available to stream courtesy of Exclaim!, The Crooked Brothers’ upcoming album, Thank You I’m Sorry, is folk music full of left turns. No strangers to wide open spaces, the brothers captured their album in both Winnipeg’s Private Ear Studio, a downtown warehouse recording studio, and a handmade log home in the country. The resulting sound closely reflects their live dynamics. Practically a Crooked Family Variety Act their concerts see banjos, mandolins, guitars, and more taking turns being juggled from brother to brother. Matt Foster’s unforgettably strange voice, inhuman and gravelly deep. Baker’s deft handling of the harmonica. Jesse Matas’ stories and poems turned lyrics. Each having their own style and touch, the arrangements seem limitless, and there’s a refreshing sense that they will never write the same song twice.
Having performed to sold-out rooms at festivals such as Brighton’s Great Escape, and Switzerland’s Spring Bluegrass Festival Willisau, The Crooked Brother’s will take their banjos, beards, and harmonies on tour across Canada beginning in October. Their latest album, Thank You I’m Sorry, is set for release on September 23.
CANADIAN TOUR DATES
October 3-4: BreakOut West – Winnipeg, MB
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