The Morrison Brothers Band – Tickets – Gypsy Sally’s – Washington, DC – July 14th, 2017

The Morrison Brothers Band

Gypsy Sally's Presents

The Morrison Brothers Band

Them Vibes, Tom Maxwell

Fri, July 14, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

Advance $15/ Day of Show $15 + Fees

This event is 21 and over

The Morrison Brothers Band: Country/Rock

Them Vibes: Rock and Roll. Americana.

All online sales stop at 5PM. Tickets are available at the door at 7PM unless the event is listed as sold out.

The Morrison Brothers Band
The Morrison Brothers Band
Farming the fertile soil between mainstream country music and southern rock, the Morrison Brothers Band has the pedal to the metal in support of their new Self-Titled EP. Willie (vocals) and Truman (guitar) Morrison, Matt (drums) and Kevin (guitar) Nolan and honorary brother Derrick Royer (bass) have spent eight years preparing for the moment and are poised to make a leap to the next level.

The Morrison Brothers Band comes to Nashville from Washington, D.C., after reaching the regional ceiling with three self-released albums, a growing digital presence and regular headlining shows at the legendary 1,200-capacity 9:30 Club. So while the move to Nashville seems abrupt, the truth is the brothers were already headed this way. But it took a flurry of events in a short period of time to light the fuse.

The first? Meeting Maggie Rose, the Nashville singer-songwriter with an independent streak. The brothers opened for her a handful of times on appearances in the D.C. area, where she also grew up. Rose was impressed and brought her future husband and Play It Again Publishing VP Austin Marshall to a show. He immediately saw the possibilities.

Rose, amongst her many credits, wrote the Comcast Sports theme song for the NFL’s Washington Redskins. The company contacted the brothers about writing a song for the NHL’s Washington Capitals after seeing them perform together.

“That was kind of like the first litmus test,” Kevin Nolan said. “See if you can write a rock song about hockey,” Matt Nolan said with a laugh. “If you can write something like that that doesn’t suck, you’re going to do just fine.”

Around the same time the boys got attention from Nashville in a different way when Clay Walker happened to hear the group’s song “Little Miss Whiskey” being played in the room next door during a meeting. That caused mobros-4their BMI representative to call them up frantically.

“It was strange that all these people down here go years and years without a cut and we have a hold on a song before we even consider moving down here,” Truman Morrison said. “We didn’t know how it worked at the time, but it just gave us confidence we could do it and do it even better on the next one.”

So when Marshall picked up the phone, all signs were pointing to Nashville. And when he got the boys to town, he wasn’t disappointed. “They got a piece of crap place in East Nashville, got in the basement and went to work. Like a band should,” Marshall said.

That’s because they’re a band in every sense of the word. Everything you hear on Self-Titled comes from the members, who play their own instruments and provide their own harmony, an increasingly rare phenomenon in contemporary country music.

The Morrisons and the Nolans both grew up in the D.C. area, but met through a mutual friend while attending Jazz Fest in New Orleans. Matt Nolan agreed to come jam at rehearsal one night and noticed that if they added a bass player, they’d have a full band.

“I said, ‘I got a guy,’” Matt Nolan said. “I just didn’t tell them it was my brother Kevin. And he was just 13.”

“I was finishing up eighth grade,” Kevin said. “It was almost like a double life. I’d go to school during the day, then play in these bars at night.”

mobros-2“There was a bar where we did our first couple of shows, the bartender would put juice boxes behind the bar just to mess with him,” Matt said, joking that “he can go his whole life without really ever having a real job.”

The reality is the group has been treating its band like a full-time job for a half-decade, logging countless hours in the rehearsal room, van and stage together. Each devoted their lives to the pursuit with original music always the goal. “It’s as if the four of us after eight years are all brothers,” Matt Nolan said.

This is the thing Rose dug most about the band as she got to know them. They were a band of brothers in almost every way, and the idea of working with them began to fire her imagination. She had enough in her life already as a busy singer and songwriter and a key figure at Play It Again.

“When it comes to producing The Morrison Brothers Band, I feel lucky to have heard them and recognized their potential.” Rose said. “I had to pursue it because they are undeniable and it is another extension of artistry for me. They inspired me in the process and it was an entirely new challenge for me to help them realize their musical vision.”

Dallas Davidson, Play It Again president and author of 23 No. 1 hits in country, also had a hand in shaping the band’s new EP. He provides three of the six songs, including lead single “Party at My House.” “It’s catchy, it’s fun, it makes you move,” Willie Morrison said.
Them Vibes
Them Vibes
Them Vibes bleed rock n’ roll.

Formed in East Nashville’s underground rock scene in 2013, the band quickly shook the foundations of Music City with their blitzkrieg live show and soulful songwriting. Influenced by the rhythmic sway of The Faces and T-Rex and infected with the raw energy of the Rolling Stones and the Black Crowes, Them Vibes have injected new life into the anemic arm of what currently passes for mainstream rock n’ roll.

Co-founded by singer-songwriters Brother Love and Alex Haddad, Them Vibes released their debut record, Shine On, independently and began hitting the Nashville and Austin scenes as a five-piece band playing coveted gigs at the High Watt, The Basement, The Mercy Lounge, The Continental Club, the Blue Bird Café, to name a few. Their wild, high- voltage revival of a live show was brought to festival crowds at Austin’s SXSW; they were the headliner at The Tomato Music And Arts Fest; opened for the Flaming Lips at the Sound Harvest festival; and, in front of thousands of onlookers, they have opened for such classic artists as Lynyrd Skynyrd and Molly Hatchet.

Them Vibes’ sophomore release was the heavy hitting EP TV. Grammy award-winning producer and engineer Richard Dodd (Tom Petty, George Harrison, Counting Crows, The Civil Wars, Kings of Leon and Wilco) took the helm as producer. The result was a five song cliff dive of psychedelic, hard driving, slinky grooving, swamp-howling rock n roll.

The single “Mammas Gotta Secret” took radio by storm, with national radio play on over twenty stations nationwide. Network television began to taken notice, as well. Both album’s respective cuts garnered placements on ABC’s Nashville, NBC’s Grimm, Fox’s Cooper Barrett, and CMT’s Redneck Island and Dude Perfect, and the Netflix Original series The Ranch. Their biggest commercial success was led by their raucous song Crying Shame, which was chosen by T-Mobile to lead their spring campaign.

Off the heals of their strides stateside the band turned their attention across the pond embarking on a month long European tour. Playing sold out shows in Germany, France, Belgium, Slovakia, and Spain, gaining critical acclaim, radio play and most importantly throngs of new fans.

When they returned to the U.S the band went right to work writing and recording their new album Electric Fever. Larry Florman (Brother Love), Alex Haddad, lead guitar player Kyle Lewis, and the prodigious, up and coming Nashville producer Bobby Holland wanted to make the most ambitious rock n roll record to come out in the last decade. With the help of the rhythmic fury of drummer Sarah Tomek (Steven Tyler, Maggie Rose, Loving Mary, Raelyn Nelson) and bassist Judd Fuller (Rodney Adkins, Buck Johnson of Aerosmith), Them Vibes did just that. Recording everything full band and live at Addiction Studios in Nashville, Electric Fever is a kaleidoscope of sound and sonic ecstasy. The twelve side LP is colored in Muscle Shoals soul, hip shaking beat break funk, southern rock harmony guitars, tribal heavy rhythms injected with rock n roll ferocity, broke down acoustic delight, and all and above driven by harmony and groove full speed ahead.

The self titled single Electric Fever has already been leaked to the number one independent radio station in the United States Lightning100, and in its inception has caught quite a buzz. The single, due to popular demand, has been officially released on iTunes and every major music streaming platform, and the album Electric Fever is due out late spring.

The band will be hitting the US interstate in support of their new record. And they will be returning to Europe in June for a whole month of shows and festivals.
Venue Information:
Gypsy Sally's
3401 K Street NW
Washington, DC, 20007