“There Ain’t No One” is one of three new songs coming available on the new Postcard EP from Winnipeg’s Crooked Brothers, and it’s the first “happy” song the band admits to penning, ever. In their own words, “It took us seven years, but we’ve done it! A happy one at last.” The band’s newfound tempo may be due to their upcoming plans, kicking off a new year right with a European tour this spring including a huge festival appearance, and the new full length album due out in the fall, while in the meantime releasing the new EP in a unique format.
The Postcard EP is literally a postcard; a series of limited edition original work by the Crooked Brothers and friends, printed with downloads on a snail-mail ready postcard you can send to your friends, once you’ve downloaded the songs yourself of course!
The band has also created a video to go along with their happy tune and EP release, using footage they filmed on an old super 8mm camera, while touring through Italy, France, Spain, Cuba, the Yukon, Northwest Territories, Winnipeg and the Whiteshell (near Falcon Lake, MB); while building both a log cabin and a timberframe straw bale home. The feel is like an old home movie reliving fond memories, in a bright but retro hue that sheds new light on the Crooked Brothers. Please link or embed the “There Ain’t No One Video” to your website, blog or social media profile and help spread that happy dance feeling!
January 30: Wunderbar, EDMONTON, AB
January 31: Calgary Folk Club w/ Del Barber & Cara Luft, CALGARY, AB
February 1: Auditorium Hotel, NANTON, AB
February 2: The General Store, TWIN BUTTE, AB
February 3: Schooner’s Pub, MEDICINE HAT, AB
February 4: Village Guitar & Amp, SASKATOON, SK
February 5: Artful Dodger, REGINA, SK
February 7: Times Change(d) High & Lonesome Club, WINNIPEG, MB
February 9: Trinity United Church, PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE, MB
Kayleigh Ayre, The Uniter
With two recordings under their belts; Deathbed Pillowtalk (2009), and Lawrence, Where’s Your Knife? (2011), The Crooked Brothers blend classic country sounds, back porch blues and stomping scrap yard funk, creating a sound that’s both familiar and unique. Their timbre and lyric summon imagery of resiliency, longing, sorrow and love, but they are quick to celebrate life as well. Members Jesse Matas, Darwin Baker and Matt Foster are all songwriters and multi-instrumentalists. Banjo, mandolin, dobro, harmonica and guitar take turns being juggled from brother to brother, each with his own style and touch. They ring scraps of railway iron like bells. They whistle through their teeth. They sing and shout. Whatever they’re up to, The Crooked Brothers mean it and it shows.