The Burrito Brothers

 

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The Burrito Brothers Classic Hits Include “Wild Horses”, “Sin City”, “Wheels”, “Beggars Banquet”, “White Line Fever”, “Dim Lights, Thick Smoke”, “Still Going Strong”, “Close Up The Honky Tonks”, “For The Sake Of Love”, “Hot Burrito #1”, “Christine’s Tune”, “Colorado”, “Six Days On The Road”, “Lazy Days”, “She’s A Friend Of A Friend”, “I’m Drinkin’ Canada Dry”, “Almost Saturday Night”, “Cody, Cody”, “Building Fires”, “Bon Soir Blues”, “Waitin’ For Love To Begin”…

The Burrito Brothers are still going strong!

This is a group with an illustrious past and a bright future.  Trace the winding paths of Country, R&B and Rock & Roll and you’ll find them there along with their contemporaries like Poco, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Commander Cody, Creedence Clearwater Rival, New Riders, Pure Prairie League and many others.  That’s home turf for The Burrito Brothers.  Country Rock’s big bang came in Los Angeles in the late ‘60s.  In 1968, Ian Dunlop and Barry Tashian started The Flying Burrito Brothers.  A year later with Gram Parsons and Chris Hillman aboard, the group released their first LP, “The Gilded Palace of Sin”, a confirmed legendary classic which is on the Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of Greatest Albums of All Time.  The band has continued to celebrate this musical legacy and serve up fresh contributions to The Burrito Brothers incredible body of work.  They’ve never fallen short of being outstanding and they certainly are today.  You can hear their influence on many of the artists that came after them such as the Eagles, Jimmy Buffett, Dwight Yoakam and Zac Brown.

At the beginning of the 1980s they moved their base of operations from Los Angeles to Nashville and have remained based out of Music City ever since.  At that point they shortened the name to The Burrito Brothers.  Though there have been changes, as with every band that lasts so long, The Burrito Brothers are all long-term “Cosmic American Music” veterans who’ve climbed the branches of the “many tall pines” first planted in 1968.  They carry on the tradition of classic late ‘60s and early ’70s “Hippie Country-Rock” music and make it sound new with a mix of Rock & Roll, Country and R&B.

The band keeps re-inventing itself and evolving.  In 2011, they released the critically acclaimed award winning album, “Sound As Ever” which found incredible success in Europe where they continue to enjoy a very loyal following.  Almost 50 years have passed since the beginning of the Country-Rock movement and The Burrito Brothers are still at the forefront of the genre.  2016 will find them touring North America and releasing a CD of all new music, as well as, a ‘best of live’ compilation.

These guys played with legends including Bobby Bare, Steve Young, The Amazing Rhythm Aces, Billy Joe Shaver, Marty Stuart, Johnny Cash, Earl Scruggs, Michael Martin Murphey, “Papa” John Phillips, Tony Joe White, Charlie Louvin, Dr. Hook, The Rascals and so many others.  And, of course, they’ve all done various stints with the earlier incarnations from the family tree: The Flying Burrito Brothers, The International Submarine Band, The Burritos, The Grampyres, and Burrito DeLuxe.  They are world-class musicians, accomplished songwriters and performers.

The right people have always stepped in to keep the group going.  To this day there has never been an audition for a part in The Burrito Brothers.  Artists get recruited and the band carries on…as it’s been since the mid-80’s with Chris James, Fred James, Tony Paoletta, Jody Maphis and Pete Young. 

Though the history is rich, The Burrito Brothers are always coming up with great new songs to fit into the ever-expanding picture.  Their 2011 debut album for SPV Records, “Sound As Ever” is entirely written by the band.  The harmony duet vocals of Chris and Fred James have that unmistakable genetic sibling magic.  They echo the Everly Brothers, the Louvins, even the Bee Gees.  They are also inevitably influenced by the obvious duets of their years; the Beatles, The Byrds and the “Gilded Palace of Sin” LP.  Besides killer songs and locked-in duet vocals, the Burrito Brothers music is delivered by cosmically turned-on musicians who look out of unusual windows.  It’s a legendary legacy that’s one hundred per cent alive and kickin’.