Well, I told you that I have been recently and pleasantly overwhelmed with new music and re-discoveries. Here is one of those albums I have not listened to in quite some time.
I am not sure how I first came to this band, to be honest… but seeing my friend Wes and Scott McCaughey and discovering Jimmy Silva lead me back to…
The Beau Brummels – Bradley’s Barn
They are described as an American Rock band, who not only contributed to the “San Francisco” sound but were also amongst the first country rock bands.
“Initially, the band’s musical style blended beat music and folk music and typically drew comparisons to The Beatles, while their later work incorporated other music genres such as psychedelic rock and country rock.”
Hmmm… I wish I could think of another San Francisco based band that had a similar sound and style… Hmmm…
Rhino Records gives this one the double CD, special treatment with a release just this past June. They are so good at not only recognizing records of value and musical merit, but in just doing things and packaging records and re-releases so well.
The album was released in October 1968 and was recorded in Bradley’s Barn, “a recording studio in Nashville owned by Owen Bradley.” Owen was one of the more famous record producers and responsible for helping to create the “1950s and 1960s Nashville sound in country music and rockabilly.” He recorded Patsy Cline, Brenda Lee, Loretta Lynn, Conway Twitty, Buddy Holly and Gene Vincent amongst many others!!!
Sadly, the band would break up shortly after this one came out. But as you listen, you can hear all the bands and artists they influenced… Groups like Poco, The Smithereens, Robyn Hitchcock (who will be at McCabe’s in January), Canada’s great Blue Rodeo and The Plimsouls to name a few!
AllMusic says it so well:
“While they only had two big hits, the Beau Brummels were one of the most important and underrated American groups of the 1960s. They were the first U.S. unit of any sort to successfully respond to the British Invasion. They were arguably the first folk-rock group, even predating the Byrds, and also anticipated some key elements of the San Francisco psychedelic sound with their soaring harmonies and exuberant melodies. Before they finally reached the end of the string, they were also among the first bands to record country-rock in the late ’60s.”
Check ’em out here in their very Beatles sounding hit I am sure you will recognize… Laugh Laugh!
And then check out the rest of their catalog… Lots of great music to be sure!