the Harmed Brothers + Adam Lee and the Dead Horse Sound Company

The Harmed Brothers

Fate is a very frightening word with far reaching implications. It contends there is a grand design moving you by forces you can’t comprehend. For The Harmed Brothers, fate stepped in and allowed them to embrace conviction much like a young Jeff Tweedy and Jay Farrar once did. Although the communion between those two may have dissolved, The Harmed Brothers’ Ray Vietti and Alex Salcido have created a similar dynamic fueled by many of Uncle Tupelo’s early offerings to the Americana movement.

Rising up from rural Missouri in 2009, Ray Vietti started the first incarnation of The Harmed Brothers with Ben and Zach Kilmer based on a mutual admiration of Ryan Adams, Wilco, and Avett Brothers. The fledgling group quickly took to the road and made their way eventually to Eugene, Oregon where Vietti met his musical soul mate Alex Salcido. At this point the two songwriters chose to forego the typical rhythm section and began to focus on the blueprint for their music to establish a menagerie of sound best described as “indiegrass”. After some line-up tinkering, The Harmed Brothers of 2013 offers up a membership of Vietti and Salcido along with Troy Broat on upright bass and Ben Kilmer on drums after a period away.

An emotional rollercoaster is a phrase often used when discussing The Harmed Brothers live events. They are loud, sweaty, romantic affairs that are high on energy and rarely fail to leave an imprint on the memory. This is a group that believes in the old fashioned drive to succeed by getting in a van and crisscrossing the country or traveling abroad, making friends, gaining experience, growing closer and realizing that making music is a calling that they had no choice but to answer. Those in the know will breathe a sigh of relief with the knowledge that this will remain The Harmed Brothers’ plan of action.

Better Days the upcoming long player, due out October 15th, showcases the band at the height of their powers as they immerse in blissful harmonies and their trademarked sound of banjo/guitar shuffling. The songs recall wistful romantic notions of times that are to be remembered kindly, but need to be closed if only for the sense of self preservation. “When You See Me” is a track that brings great clarity to a failed relationship. “Love Song for the Assumed” goes the distance as a call to grow up and mend fences and to let go of the pain and blame you’ve put on yourself. Fans of their previous efforts such as 2010’s All the Lies You Wanna Hear or 2012’s Come Morning will embrace Better Days as a sorely missed lover. As for the uninitiated, Better Days will caress the musical palette and serve as an introduction to their earlier releases.

Ray Vietti likes to recall his early days with Alex Salcido with a sense of awe at what he perceives as his great fortune. “I know it sounds corny, but really we are from different places in life and from different places in the country and somehow these different worlds collided to make what we like to call ‘beautiful chaos’. It may of just been fate.” Thank you fate.

Adam Lee and the Dead Horse Sound Company

In the world of a working band there is no greater constant than the road. Few know this better than Adam Lee & the Dead Horse Sound Company, the Kansas City band who put their original spin on that classic country sound. With the release of their sophmore album, 'When the Spirits Move Me,' Lee and company touch on many of the elements so familiar to their life on the road. From wild nights in far away towns, to barroom brawls and goodbye kisses, the band expertly explain their travelling life. All with the swingin' shuffles and country flair of your favorite 45's. But then again, winding highways and endless mile markers are something they know well.

Upon completion of their first record, 'Ghostly Fires,' the band commenced a wide-spread and heavy touring schedule. Since the release of 'Ghostly Fires' the band has also spent a good deal of time refining their already unique sound. While their first album touches on the more subtle tones of Americana, 'When the Spirits Move Me' focuses on the band's affinity for classic country. Twelve tracks of heartbreaking honky tonk that sound right at home in the swingin beer joints and rural roadhouses the band often plays.

Leading the way is Adam Lee whose basement baritone perfectly presents the highs and lows of life on the road. Joining Lee are Johnny Kay (electric guitar, mandolin) and Boomerang Dave Bruchmann (upright bass), and when this train starts a-chuggin, folks had better hold on. Their live show is a rowdy and rollicking good time full of all original honky tonk music -- songs to drink to, cry to, and most of all dance to. So bring a date, grab a drink, and don't forget your dancin' shoes. Adam Lee & the Dead Horse Sound Company are headed down the highway, and there's no end in sight.

The Calamity Cubes

The Calamity Cubes! are a Kansas thrashicana band featuring guitar, banjo, and upright bass. They sing about love, drinking and murder, themes not unlike those found in the Bible.

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the Harmed Brothers + Adam Lee and the Dead Horse Sound Company with The Calamity Cubes

Thursday, June 13 · Doors 8:30 PM / Show 9:30 PM at Mojo's