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Armed with a musical pedigree which they inherited from their father, who as a big band/swing musician had shared the stage with Benny Goodman and toured with Kate Smith, it was only a matter of time before the George Brothers discovered their chops and began putting their heritage to the test.
It was Bobby who first began to spread his wings and chance a leap from the nest. A Christmas gift of a Harmony Rocket guitar was all it took for him to hang up his baseball glove and embark on what he soon realized was his true calling. Immediate success on the teen club circuit (including some local television appearances) validated his choice and gave him all the incentive he needed to further pursue his dreams.
Like many people of Italian ancestry, David tended to talk with his hands. The only difference is that his hands were holding drumsticks. Emulating his heroes soon led to the development of his own style, which was an infusion of their influence coupled with his own methodology. David was a meat and potatoes man. He was also a meat and potatoes drummer. Rock solid and to the point.
Waiting in the wings for his chance to shine was Barry. Even though he was always drawn to the piano, the logical choice would be for him to play bass. Lucky for them he took to it like a moth to a flame. Driving the groove has become his trademark, and the groove has become the signature of the George Brothers sound.
Not to mention that between Bobby and Barry the vocals are world class. Although their vocal styles are diverse, their delivery contains one common element-STRENGTH !
Throughout the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s the George Brothers enjoyed success together and with separate musical ventures, and the list of bands with which they have performed is quite impressive, albeit too numerous to mention. But take note that many times when a famous artist comes to town and needs a band to back them up, they know who to call. Although they have been playing together for many years, those who are in the know feel that the George Brothers are just beginning to hit their stride. The blistering guitar work, the thunderous bass, the pounding beat, the vocal power, and the symphonic layering transfixes their audience by transforming their performances into displays of sheer talent, versatility, and authenticity. It’s almost as if it’s become second nature to them. Sit back and watch the sparks fly and you will be amazed at what you see and hear.
Now and forever let it be known that all future George Brothers performances are hereby dedicated to the memory of brother David, whose tragic and untimely demise during a show on May 9th 2009 leaves a void in our hearts that can never truly be filled. Few get to choose the manner in which they exit this world, and fewer still get to depart while doing something which they lived for. This can be said of David Alan George: He Died Well. We hereby resolve to take up the mantle in his name, and use whatever strength remains in our hearts to continue doing what we were born to do. What we must do. And by doing so, make David proud.
The summer of '09 was a very difficult time for the George Brothers Band. With the gracious help of many fellow musicians, and an astonishing array of drummers, the tour dates were fullfilled, and all obligations met. One of those drummers stood out above the rest in the sense that he provided an overall feel that was extremely comfortable and very compatible to the style of the band. It was in this way that the George Brothers and Paul Krywy found each other. Having honed his skills in the 90's with some of the busiest and most successful bands in the region, he then spent several years on the road with a couple of Grammy nominated Polka Bands to further enhance his cred. Paul was exactly the tonic which the George Brothers needed to awaken them from their sleepwalk. He provided the spark and the stability the Brothers require to maintain their high level of performance. Paul's technical expertise is astounding. He also has the fastest hands this side of Buddy Rich.
Joining the band in '10 after more than two decades with the Teen Angels is the legendary Tom Curry aka "Dr. Boca". A longtime veteran of the Detroit music scene, Tom's skills are far reaching, and a more versatile multi-instrumentalist is almost impossible to find. Being as Bobby had previously done some years with the aforementioned Angels, Tom's talents were not entirely unknown to the Brothers. Seamless transitions from piano to organ to synth to sax to guitar to whatever have become his trademark. His versatility is further exhibited by his vocal abilty. Tom is a true professional and a valued addition to the George Brothers Band.
Someone once said, "It's whats up front that counts" . That same someone probably never cared about how it sounds in the back of the hall. For all their activities onstage, the George Brothers know full well that what truly sets them apart is the way they sound offstage. Ask anyone who has seen a George Brothers performance and they are likely to tell of the impeccable sound quality of the band. This is largely due to the dedication of their audio engineer, Andy Lewis. Many years of mixing everything from rock bands to string quartets to full blown orchestras have provided him with all the perspective he needs to craft a marvelous soundscape for the George Brothers' audience. The band knows full well that they are in good hands. In Andy we trust.
It is the ongoing mission of the George Brothers Band to continue to provide their audience with the highest quality presentation available. To offer them an alternative in a music scene that promotes conformity. To play songs other groups don't play. To bring a sense of adventure and mystery back to the stage. To give them cause to remember why they fell in love with music in the first place. The thrill is NOT Gone! It's alive and well and, can be found at your nearest George Brothers show.