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The Broke Brothers / Bio

A reggae band based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma..

The story of The Broke Brothers begins in late 2009 when two local musicians, John Green and Ron Litsey (Apes Of Wrath), began performing together as Greengo; playing acoustic guitar-only versions of popular classic rock/R&B tunes. Shortly afterwards in 2010 they joined forces with Jahruba Lambeth (Jahruba and The Street People), and performing as RonJohnJahruba, a new incarnation of the group was created. This mix brought together the red dirt classic rock acoustic vibe with a light, rhythmic infusion of reggae. On March 23rd 2011 they plugged in and played a new gig, for the first time using the band name The Broke Brothers, with local musicians Karl Wilburn on keyboards and John Pappas on horns (Karl and John provide a solid R&B and Jazz soul to the music). This first performance was recorded and released as a promotional demo entitled "Red Dirt Reggae." Shortly afterwards, before playing the 2011 Norman Art Walk, they recruited Mike Draper on Bass and Bill Etheridge on Drums to round out the lineup. The Broke Brothers performed around town with this lineup until on October 4th, 2011 they recruited local musician Dusty Douglas to serve up deep reggae and funk-influenced rhythms. Since this lineup change, the Broke Brothers were set into their fully united configuration; taking flight into the musical ether. After 4 years of growing and playing, Jahruba and Mike left to start a band of their own, and the remaining brothers recruited a local musician and kindred spirit, Don Hecker to lay down some heavy bass grooves. Since then, Todd Balcom has joined the band to create some really authentic reggae percussion and sound effects to increase the rhythm effect! We currently perform original Reggae songs, many traditional Reggae songs of the past, reggaefication of songs, as well as other Ska, Caribbean, Rock, Blues, R&B and Funk-influenced songs.

General Info

Band Members
John Pappas - Horns, Karl Wilburn - Keyboard, Ron Litsey - Electric Guitar, John Green - Vocals/Rhythm Guitar/Songwriting/Management, Don Hecker - Bass, Todd Balcom - Percussion, Dusty Douglas - Drums/Songwriting/Recording/Audio/Management
Artist Name
The Broke Brothers
Home Page
Active Since
Reggae / Dub

Contact Info

Oklahoma City, OK
Dusty Douglas @ (405) 361-5471 / Ron Litsey @ (405) 637-5800 / John Green @ 549-5433

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