Mayne Stage Country Night with Tangleweed, The Hoyle Brothers and The Famous Brothers
Friday, Jan 04, 2013 8:00 PM CST
Mayne Stage, Chicago, IL
18 years and over
For generations, practitioners of that uniquely American art form known variously as old-time or string-band music – progenitor of country, precursor to bluegrass – have labored in obscurity, their talents unrecognized, their provenance maligned. The men of Tangleweed are proud to uphold that tradition.
The Hoyle Brothers approach their music the way a preacher might prepare for a sermon: Reference the good Book, find a theme that resonates and deliver it with fire and passion.
That’s what makes The Hoyle Brothers so special. Their brand of genuine country music draws from the genre’s deepest traditions–lyrics that speak universal truths, melody lines that melt your heart and two-step rhythms that make your boots scoot.
The Chicago Tribune calls the Famous Brothers “exceptionally witty. [Their show] has such clever lyrics, tuneful ditties, splendid harmonies and so warm a demeanor, you can sense a great deal of audience pleasure”; the Chicago Reader says they’re “funny, smart, sweet-voiced, and overall amiable”, while the Windy City Times anoints them “a surefire crowd-pleaser, keeping the audience laughing and clapping along”. EntertainmentChicago adds that the threesome is “very funny. It is easy to forget that these guys can really sing.”
The Famous Brothers have appeared at such popular Chicagoland venues as FitzGerald’s, The Hideout, The Old Town School of Folk Music, The Green Mill, The Wilmette Theater, The Goodman Theater, Bill’s Blues Bar, Beat Kitchen, Martyr’s, The Horseshoe, and the dearly departed Lyon’s Den. Their series of concerts at the Lakeshore Theater in 2005 garnered them a “Critic’s Choice” in the Chicago Reader. They’ve also crossed state lines to play the Acorn Theater in Three Oaks, Michigan on more than one occasion (three times).