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The current popularity of roots music as played by young bearded types shows no sign of diminishing in Canada. Manitoba's The Crooked Brothers are one of the best exponents of the genre, and they've earned an international audience with their rustic and organic sound, one featuring strong vocal harmonies. High hopes are held for their imminent third album, Thank You I’m Sorry (coming Sept. 23, on Transistor 66 Records). While you're waiting, check out the brand new video for one of its tracks, "Kennedy". The live clip is filmed neatly and without frills, as befitting The Crooked Brothers sound. The full band lineup featured on the album is reunited here, with guests Julian Bradford, Eric Lemoine and Emmet Van Etten joining the core CB trio of Darwin Baker, Jesse Mattas and Matt Foster.
"The album version of 'Kennedy' is pretty stripped down, but for the live Loft Sessions video we decided to round up the whole Thank You I'm Sorry band,” says Baker. “The shoot took place in a Winnipeg Exchange District warehouse space similar to the one where we recorded bass and drums, only this one was completely empty. I love the sound of drums in a big space like that.”
The clip is part of the Loft Sessions, a series of live music videos presented by Manitoba Music featuring new music from Manitoba artists and filmed in locations throughout Winnipeg's historic Exchange District. Other notable artists featured include Del Barber, Sweet Alibi, Chic Gamine, Les Jupes and Royal Canoe. A cool concept. See all the videos here.
The Crooked Brothers begin an extensive cross-country tour in October. Check out the dates here.