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Gabe Hensley (vocalist), his brother Nate (bass), and their friend Kyle Keith (guitarist) grew up on the same street in a small Kentucky town. Coming up, they played little league ball, did a little fishin, skipped some school, chewed too much tobacco, and even played music together in their high school talent show. It was during those years when they all “cut their teeth”, sharpened their chops, and caught the fever—there was nothing better than playing a gig and they played one every chance they got. Their musical roads diverged briefly in the late 90’s, but they reunited during their college years to form the group now known as The Other Brothers—a band built on one rule that it is still governed by to this day…have fun or take a bow and leave. Dozens of musicians have had a blast and took “the bow” with the band over the years; and though most of them have moved on to do far more boring things(;P), they remain friends and have earned the right to call themselves an Other Brother; a local tag that is well-known and respected. The genuine spirit of friendship and community is apparent at every show and former members and fellow musicians will usually find themselves welcomed to join in on a few songs at an Other Brothers performance.
The Other Brothers have always been all about the local scene here in Lexington, KY—one which has grown exponentially since their days of being one of five good bands in town. The guys played at their old stomping ground, The Fishtank, (which was pretty much the only good gig in town at the time) three times a month to a crowd of fans starving and speaking out for a real music scene. And since then, in the early 2000's, the music lovers here have had their cravings for live music satiated as the musical community has grown around local talent like The Other Brothers.
The Other Brothers were, however, certainly not the only people around working towards this end of making Lexington a town for music and culture. Local radio station WUKY and college radio station WRFL (Radio Free Lexington) along with a multitude of local musicians, bands, artists, journalists, news publications, bloggers, the Lexington Art League (LAL), our city council, new zoning regulations, ambitious new club/bar/resturaunt/skate shop/venue/clothing boutique & mobile food truck owners, concert and festival promoters, and countless other interested parties, not to mention the incredible fans in Lexington (absolutely the most important factor) came together to develop this citie's culture into something that truely exposes our ability and ambition to credibly include ourselves in America's immeasurable landscape of art and music.
Lexigton's musical congregation has never been less than judicious in choosing what they will deem worthy of their attention. Working through this barrier of vigilant discrimination, The Other Brothers have made a flock of Lexington's true music junkies love them through the sheer sophistication and sincerity of their performances. They are also well-known and well-loved for their devoted interactions with fans.
Even though their demeanor is loose and free flowing, their actual attitude on-stage and in their business affairs is never less than proffesional. They can play in almost any market and succeed in making people love their genuine, soulful sound.
High Life 'n' Leisure Class
In late 2010 The Other Brothers had a new lineup that had been together since basically right after the album release. Gabe Hensley, lead vocalist; Kyle Keith lead guitarist; Recently returned to town Nate Hensley on bass; the incredibly talented vocalist, song writer, and drummer Dan Mohler on drums; and locally legendary saxophonist Dave Clark, came together to form the best squad the band had yet known. They decided it was time to get back in the studio and take their time creating an epic album that would accurately express The Other Brother's true artistic form. Something that would expose not only the band's abilities towards song writing and composition, but the historical magnitude of the artistic struggles and conquests encountered along the outfit's path.
They decided this needed to be a locally grown, locally known project and so they picked a local studio called Nitrosonic, owned by another Lexington Legend, an IBM programmer named Brian Pulito; member of Nine Pound Hammer, well-known recording/engineering genious for countless bands out of Lexington, Nashville, etc., and just one hell-of-a-drummer. This wound up being a perfect fit, as The Other Brother's vision and Pulito's seemed to line up perfectly to create the upcoming album, High Life-n-Leisure Class. Lots of outside talent agreed to help out. Jonny 'Keys' Grossman, former keyboardist for The Other Brothers before moving to the Austin, TX scene, place on the majority of the tracks. Locally known violinist, Rachael Yanarella helps give Kyle Keith's Livin by the String it's slightly eerie, mountain sound. Petal steele guitarist, Andy Gibson, throws down on Gabe's tune ,Southern Son, making it sound like solid country gold.
The album takes a fantastic combination of soulful songwriting, mind-bending improvisational soloing, light-hearted melodies, and ends up with an overall mix of electric/americana (electricana) travelin honky-twang folk rock. It'll make you dance, cry, and sing-a-long... yep.
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