Monday, November 26, 2007

Review -- THE SUMNER BROTHERS -- In The Garage

IN THE GARAGE
The Sumner Brothers
Independent
5.5-out-of-10
In the Garage starts with the tune Luke's Guitar, by Stompin Tom Connors, and my first thought was that the Sumner Brothers had a sound which will have many thinking of Connors.
This is a CD which floats between traditional country, blues and folk, with a dash of bluegrass thrown in. While that is usually a tasty recipe for music, somewhere along the way the bread fails to rise here.
There are times I was left hopeful The Sumner Brothers were going to crank it up and find their way to something better. For example Goin Out West is a mournful country blues song which is purely great. If this was the rule here, rather than something of an exception among the 13 cuts, this would be a CD rated way closer to 10 than it is. The CD is almost worth recommending on the one song alone.
It is pretty clear country blues is where The Sumner Brothers are most accomplished and comfortable. You find that when they hit up the chords to Johnny Cash's Folsom Prison Blues, another cut where the brothers Bob and Brian shine. There is talent here, but the consistency is just lacking in my mind.
This is worth a look, and shows enough that it makes me curious what will follow. With a bit more consistency, theses guys could truly shine.
-- CALVIN DANIELS

-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Nov 21, 2007 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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