Live Video: The Sumner Brothers

photo by Mike Emigh (view set)

The Sumner Brothers, the Vancouver B.C.-based alt-country band, co-led by brother Bob and Brian Sumner, stopped by KEXP to play a moving set on The Roadhouse with Greg Vandy. Looming with almost nightmarish instrumentation, but calming, yearning vocals, the band finds the listener’s ear immediately welcoming. Backed with slide guitar, banjo, and trucker hats, Sumner Brothers Bob cries, “A man’s got to do what a man’s got to do – got to see this thing through, son. Got to see this thing through.” Their playing might come off simple, but their timing and touch is profound. The Sumner Brothers own their musical space, and their music is the audio equivalent of a dusty black and white photo someone found in a trunk long ago left in a house along a country road. Watch their KEXP in-studio performance here:

Full Performance:

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