The Brothers Comatose

Literal brothers, Alex (banjo and vocals) and Ben Morrison (guitar and vocals) of The Brothers Comatose grew up in a house that was known for its music parties. "The Morrison house was a gathering place for local musicians – everyone would bring an instrument, call out tunes, call out changes, and just play for hours" says Brothers Comatose bassist and Morrison music party goer, Gio Benedetti. "I learned more in that living room than in any class I ever took." The brothers took this generous, inclusive and rowdy attitude and brought it to stages all over San Francisco. With the addition of members Philip Brezina (fiddle) and Ryan Avellone (mandolin) the string quintet brings their original string music and the feel of an intimate music party to audiences all across the United States.

The environment the band creates with their music and their live shows isn't the exclusive band vs. crowd world of rock and pop, but rather the sing-along, stomp-along, inclusive world that gave birth to string band music. The band – while playing festivals like Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Strawberry, High Sierra, Outside Lands, Kate Wolf, and SXSW, - has not lost sight of their roots, their fans and the relationships that have brought them where they are.

Despite their name, the band is anything but Comatose. They toss alligators (inflatable) into the crowd, they hand out chopsticks for audience-percussion-participation, and are known to jump down and play acoustic encores in the middle of the crowd at the end of a set. It's just one, big, extended Morrison music party. Only now, the living room travels via Chevy G20 Conversion Van from state to state.

2015 looks to be an exciting year for MerryGold. After recording their latest

album “Hangtown” at Bob Weir’s TRI Studios in late 2014, the band also

completed their first international tour – 23 shows in Germany.

MerryGold began as the songwriting duo of Jillian Secor (guitar, vocals) and Alex

Stephens (guitar, mandolin, vocals). MerryGold’s 6-piece lineup currently

includes fiddle, bass, banjo, and accordion.

Based in the small northern California town of Placerville, themes of the Gold

Country are abundant in their music. Their whiskey-soaked folk/bluegrass

songs take listeners back to simpler times and portray a rawness that embodies

the pioneer spirit of the Wild West. While traditional folk and bluegrass elements

are apparent in their music, MerryGold incorporates a wide variety of influences

to create their own sound.

In 2012, MerryGold won the Race to TRI Studios contest. The studio - owned

and operated by Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead - selected MerryGold as top-10

finalists out of over 500 entries. The public then voted MerryGold and their song

“Sweet Lilly” as the winner. In December of 2012, the band recorded audio and

video at TRI Studios:

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