“In the spirit of The Avett Brothers’ shout-till-you’re-bleeding-from-the-mouth-country-grunge, The Brothers Strong bring their own version of alt-newgrass, straight out Sonora, California”
– Monterey County Weekly
The Brothers Strong are a 4 piece string band stemming from mountains of the Sierra Nevada. The band has grown a loyal fanbase by bringing an authentic mountain sound to their recordings and live sets that is hard to come by. It is this honest and genuine tone that brings people to their rough a rowdy bluegrass shows where they share their truest thoughts and feelings with their listeners. This come first and foremost through thoughtful songwriting. It explores many of the daily struggles of human life from love and loss, to success and failure, while always coming from, and returning to the heaviest most personal emotions we carry. This is not to downplay the bands musicianship–they have been described as “hot shot” pickers and players–but rather to indicate that though lightning fast picking and fiery fiddle licks can wow a crowd, the real purpose of the instrument is to connect with the audience and let them lose themselves for a second in the emotions of the music. As described by The Alternate Root Magazine their “Bright acoustics and note-perfect harmonies give the” The Brothers Strong’s music “a huge presence” on the stage allowing them to connect seamlessly with audiences in a meaningful way. These key elements define The Brothers Strong, bringing diverse audiences to their shows.
The band has accomplished much in DIY fashion, recording with Tiny Telephone Studio and Producer Nat Keefe of Hot Buttered Rum in early 2016. The band has acquired diverse performing experience from around the West in venues like Mountain Sage, Groveland; Ironstone, Murphys; Amnesia Bar and Brick and Mortar, San Francisco; The Crepe Place, Santa Cruz The Great Salt Lake Guitar Company, Provo, Sam Bonds Garage in Eugene; Café Artichoke, Portland; and The Seatle Substation . Performing with acts such as Hot Buttered Rum, The Haunted Wind Chimes, The Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit, Willie T. Taylor, Ragged Union, The Little Fuller Band, The Risky Biscuits, Dandelion Massacre, Lowland Hum, The Collection, and members of Front Country: Melody Walker and Jacob Groopman has made the band a favorite of bluegrass aficionados, good ol’ country boys, folk lovers, hot blooded punks, and indie rock audiences. The Brothers Strong’s music can also on occasion be heard live from stations Sonora’s 93.5 KKBNand 92.7 KZSQ, Santa Cruz’s 88.1 KZSC, West Point’s KQBM 90.7 and Chico 90.1 KZFR.
The Brothers Strong are: Shane Strong on banjo; Stephen Strong on guitar; Owen Ragland the fiddler; Ian Evans on stand-up bass.