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The Beagle Brothers / Press

“We've been referring to 'Dancers' as our California record," steel guitarist Read Connolly says. "We took a trip to California about two years ago, where we visited Bakersfield, the home of Merle Haggard, Buck Owens and Dwight Yoakam, and stayed in Joshua Tree, specifically in the room at the Joshua Tree Inn where Gram Parsons died. Other than the spiritual/existential influences, you can imagine what a trip in the desert might bring, it was also a bonding experience for everyone with our country heroes." The Beagles -- singer-guitarists Noah and Gabriel Smith, bassist Kyle Kline, guitarists Jeff Ritter, Sam Cooper and Mr. Connolly -- rollick and twang through 14 tracks, including "I Found Heaven in a Gram Parsons Song," "Sunny Californee" and "Dakota the Dancing Bear Part 3," a sequel to Kris Kristofferson's "Dakota (The Dancing Bear)" and David Allen Coe's long narrative "Dakota the Dancing Bear, Part II."”

"You don't make your legacy — you have to place yourself in the legacy." When the Brothers prepared their sophomore album, the ragged-but-right Architects of the Bloomfield Sound, in 2010, they abandoned plans for a vinyl-only release in favor of a limited-edition CD that quickly sold all 200 copies. After they finished the studio sessions for what would be their third disc, Dancers of the Drunken Two-Step, they hit upon another idea borrowed from musicians they admired: to release a two-in-one disc that includes both albums. The result presents the band in the studio on Drunken Two-Step, adding a little bit of polish to 14 tracks, and in the basement for the 10 tracks from Architects, recreating the loose feel of a good night at their Bloomfield haunt, Sonny's Tavern.