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The Acre Brothers: The Elevator Pitch
The Acre Brothers are a rock and roll band from southern Indiana. They released an EP of original songs called So Many Roads in 2016 and their first full length album in 2018 called Brothers and Sisters. The Acre Brothers thoughtfully combine different strands of American music in new ways, while keeping an eye on traditions.
The Acre Brothers: A Short History
The Acre Brothers began in 2014, with members located in Chicago, Cincinnati and southern Indiana. Founding members Ben Cole, Nathan Dillon and Mardi Raun created a gritty, rock sound that has evolved to include various flavors of Americana as well as sounds as diverse North Africa and the Middle East. "We seek to blend familiar American sounds with sounds you might not expect" says primary songwriter Nathan Dillon. Once Dillon relocated from Chicago to Bloomington, Indiana the group began writing, performing and recording in earnest. In 2017 Dillon took over singing duties and the group got to work on their full length album. "Bringing so many talented people in to help us has been a blessing." says bassist Mardi Raun. Their new album, Brothers and Sisters, is creating buzz among industry insiders. Music made by Dillon and drummer Kristin Olson is in the Pigasus Pictures feature film Miss White Light, premiering at SBXW in 2019.
Brothers and Sisters
The Acre Brothers’ first full length album
The Acre Brothers released Brothers and Sisters in Sept 2018. The album was recorded at Farm Fresh Studios (aka Primary Sound Studios) in Bloomington, IN. At the helm once again was Nathan Dillon and Sam Crawford. “We recorded the whole album, minus about thirty minutes of overdubs, in four days. We put in over seventy hours! It was worth it!” says Dillon. Many local luminaries helped create this record including folk singer Cari Ray, raconteur Ben Fowler, and saxophonist Opal Fly. So did Mr Zeb Gould (Bowery Boy Blue) flying tracks all the way in from New York. The songs stretch across genres and moods.
Stumbling in Love - A love song for my wife.
Hillbilly Knuckle Jam - It sounds about the way you might expect: gnarly.
Dropping Anvils - Dreamy and dirty funky too.
Mountain - Friendship can be tough. But it can still boogie.
Conjure Moon - based on a dream about my long lost friend.
For Melanie - a solo slide guitar instrumental for Melanie.
It’s Natural. Almost. - Acoustic guitar, hand drums and…French horn.
In Like a Lion - Sit back and get down.
California - Fun and fantasies!
Southern Nights - Lisa seems like maybe not so nice?…
Listen - Protest song (wait for the surprise ending)!
One Way - YOU tell ME what this one is about…
So Many Roads - The Acre Brothers' first EP: An Overview
In 2016, The Acre Brothers released their first EP of original music. The record, called So Many Roads, was recorded at Farm Fresh Studios in Bloomington, Indiana and produced by Nathan Dillon and Sam Crawford. The song Cowboys opens the EP with strummed acoustic guitar and builds into a wall of sound by the end. "Cowboys is the first song that came out pretty much complete all at once. It was almost a magic experience to write that song. I love it" says songwriter Nathan. The second song, She, is about a young woman breaking out and setting off on her own and on her own terms. Beat That Path is a crowd favorite with it's "hillbilly funk" groove. The Line is another rocker. It serves as a reminder that, while one might want to leave, often problems follow us. The last song, Rolling River, is a story set on the banks of the Ohio River. "Many of my songs have the Ohio running through them. The Ohio is a part of me" says Dillon. So Many Roads represents a band coming into its own: guitar driven, vocally dynamic, lovingly crafted ROCK AND ROLL.
So Many Roads Track by Track
Cowboys - dreamlike and acoustic builds to wall of sound.
She - a song about a young woman coming into her own.
Beat That Path - "hillbilly funk" groovy song with slide guitar and Hammond organ.
The Line - a rocker, warning against running from your troubles.
Rolling River - a quiet, brooding acoustic song with undertones of noise.