A Reggae band based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the sound of the Broke Brothers has come a long way since the beginning...
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 by playing acoustic guitar-only versions of popular Classic Rock/R&B tunes. In 2011 after joining forces with keyboardist Karl Wilburn, percussionist Jahruba Lambeth, horn player John Pappas, drummer Bill Etheridge, and bassist Mike Draper they began performing classic rock cover songs and original songs with a rock/jazz vibe and a light rhythmic infusion of reggae.
The Broke Brothers performed around town with this lineup until Bill, due to private reasons at the time, had to step down as drummer. On October 4th, 2011 they recruited local musician Dusty Douglas to replace him on the drum kit. At this time, the band's sound received a jolt from the reggae-influenced drumming that was added.
The Broke Brothers performed many reggae cover songs and originals at gigs and festivals for several years until July 2014, Jahruba and Mike left the band for other pursuits. After which, the band recruited kindred spirits, bassist Don Hecker and percussionist Todd Balcom, to replace the missing pieces. After doing so, the virtuosic bass-playing of Don and the incredible diverse percussion skills of Todd Balcom has positively changed the band's sound.
The Broke Brothers continue to perform their own original-style songs which blend Rockers and Roots Reggae with American Rock. We also perform many traditional Reggae cover songs of the past (i.e. Bob Marley et al), and other Ska, Rock, Blues, R&B and Funk-influenced songs.