New Release: The Brother Brothers – Cover To Cover / You Can Close Your Eyes

Photo Credit: Kaitlyn Raitz

Cover To Cover is the new album from The Brother Brothers, available October 7th. Ahead of the release the duo, comprised of twins Adam and David Moss, will embark on a UK headline tour which includes London’s The Lexington on September 6th.

The twins, raised in Peoria, Illinois, weren’t much older than toddlers when they started singing along to the Everly Brothers, the Beach Boys and other artists their dad played for them. Lulled to sleep nightly by The Beatles’ White Album, they made up their own harmonies to accompany Paul McCartney’s vocal on “I Will” when they were 6.

That song was one of the first they chose for their third Compass Records release, Cover to Cover on which they pay homage to formative influences and favourite songwriters with a mix of beloved classics and songs they want more people to hear—each filtered through the brothers’ unique musical mix of folk, bluegrass, jazz and other idioms.

Among their eclectic picks: Tom T. Hall’s “That’s How I Got to Memphis,” Jackson Browne’s “These Days,” James Taylor’s “You Can Close Your Eyes,” Hoagy Carmichael’s “I Get Along Without You Very Well (Except Sometimes),” Robert Earl Keen’s “Feelin’ Good Again,” Richard Thompson’s “Waltzing’s for Dreamers,” Judee Sill’s “There’s A Rugged Road” and Tom Waits’ “Flower’s Grave.” They also chose Harley Allen’s “High Sierra,” popularized by Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt on their Trio II album, and “If You Ain’t Got Love,” by Chas Justus of Lafayette, Louisiana dance band The Revelers.

Of course, they didn’t just choose tunes based on popularity or admiration. Each has a story, a connection. Some, like “I Will” and “Feelin’ Good Again,” represent fond memories — the latter of their years in Austin, Texas, during which they caught many REK shows when they weren’t performing (Adam in Green Mountain Grass and David in Blue Hit). Others, like “That’s How I Got to Memphis” and “Rugged Road,” were discoveries, products of their own or someone else’s rabbit hole dives.

They didn’t just choose tunes based on popularity or admiration, each has a story, a connection. Some, like “I Will” and “Feelin’ Good Again,” represent fond memories — the latter of their years in Austin, Texas, during which they caught many REK shows when they weren’t performing (Adam in Green Mountain Grass and David in Blue Hit). Others, like “That’s How I Got to Memphis” and “Rugged Road,” were discoveries, products of their own or someone else’s rabbit hole dives.

The album features Lake Street Dive vocalist Rachael Price and her sister Emily, on “I Get Along Without You”, Sarah Jarosz, who plays mandolin on fellow Texan Keen’s song and harmonizes on lead single “You Can Close Your Eyes,” Jarosz’s bandmate, Jeff Picker, who plays lead acoustic guitar and bass on “These Days” and Michaela Anne who adds high harmonies to “High Sierra.”