Brethren is a band from Hot Springs, Arkansas, members are Greg "Big Papa" Binns on guitar and vocals, John Stephens on harmonica, Tim Green on bass and Zakk Binns on drums, and guitar. Greg and Zakk Binns are father and son. Their sound is a cross between modern rock and traditional blues, like Skip James meets Soundgarden, they are not afraid to swim against the current. Brethren have been together for little over 6 years, and in that time they have had the opportunity to share the stage with such blues legends as Pine Top Perkins, Bob Margolin, Michael Burks, Watermelon Slim, Gary and Duwayne Burnside, Lightning Malcom/Cedric Burnside, Barbara Blue, Cedell Davis, Joe Nichols, Foghat, Blue Oyster Cult and Charlie Daniels. They have also performed at numerous festivals including the 2007 Arkansas Blues & Heritage Blues Festival on the Emerging Artist Stage, and the 2007, 2008 Hot Springs Blues Festival. They recorded and released their first CD titled “Come Hell or High Water” recorded at Delta Recording Service in Como , MS, and at the Money Shot studio in Water Valley, MS the Como sessions were produced by Jimbo Mathus from the band The Squirrel Nut Zippers who has produced albums by Elvis Costello, and The Hives. Brethren were sponsored by the Spa City Blues Society to compete in the 2008 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN where they were semifinalists. In the spring of 2008 Brethren won the Sonny Boy Blues Society’s battle of the bands in Helena, Arkansas giving them the honor of being the official band for the 2008 Arkansas Blues & Heritage Festival (King Biscuit) and also represented the SBBS at the 2009 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. Brethren have also had the great fortune of bringing the blues great Cedell Davis out of retirement actually playing a show with actor Morgan Freeman, and Samuel L. Jackson in attendance in Clarksdale, MS. For more information see their website www.myspace.com/brethren3
Brethren's summer tour included shows at Southern Illinois College, Buddy Guys Legends Club in Chicago where Buddy was in attendance and even requested a CD, and a headlining slot at the prestigious Deep Blues Festival in Minneapolis, MN.
Brethren also opened the 2009 Hot Springs Rally along with Joe Nichols, Foghat, and Blue Oyster Cult.
Brethren's performance at the 2008 King Biscuit was recorded by Beale Street Caravan to be aired on NPR this season.
To quote Kevin Cubbin of BSC "Brethren were by far my favorite band at the festival, better than Zeppelin" those are Kevin's words not ours.