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Once upon a time, at a tavern somewhere in Ohio, two big, bad, bearded country singers first met. They quickly discovered that they shared more than just a love of great country music. What they found in each other was a bone fide, country-fried, musical brother.
Ian Hummel and Zach Whitney are talented singers, songwriters, and engaging front men. Hummel continues to front The Apple-Bottom Gang, an eight-piece hillbilly orchestra that has taken the Columbus country music scene by storm. Whitney is currently piecing together a new band. He has worked predominantly as a solo performer, but has lead several bands including the Slick City Ramblers, a Columbus-based, bare bones, honky-tonk band. Both outfits feature original music alongside classic country, outlaw country, gospel music and old-time rock and roll covers. Hummel and Whitney each bring a wealth of talent, experience and material to any stage.
Besides working with their bands, the Brothers enjoy kicking back and singing old country songs… and they don't care where. You’re likely to find them inciting sing-a-longs around campfires and back porches… in barnyards and basements… they’ll be found at coffee shops, truck stops and bowling alleys…they’re at ease on couches, hammocks, and even hollow logs… but mostly you’ll find the Brothers perched up on barstools, pickin’ and grinin’ at honky-tonk saloons, roadhouse taverns, and at your friendly neighborhood bar.
Hummel and Whitney have decided to bring their own brand of relaxed fun to the people. Shows are characterized by spontaneous interaction between the Brothers and their audience; shouting requests and singing along are highly encouraged, and the good times are infectious. Their format echoes the great tradition of country music partnerships. Like Roy and Buck on Hee Haw, or Willie and Waylon; their off-stage chemistry adds an easy-going, fun-loving approach to the country music which they take very seriously. Whether they’re singing about trains or trucks, farms or prisons, or whiskey and women, the Brothers mix humor and their vast knowledge of country music to entertain, enlighten, and indulge their fans.