If you don’t know of The Mulligan Brothers yet, you will soon as this emerging Mobile, Alabama band makes its way to the Lagniappe Stage at the New Orleans Jazz Fest this May to show off their knack for writing fine Americana, folk songs and their comfort and talent as a band, even though they’ve been playing together for less than two years.
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The Mulligan Brothers, who have all been in previous bands to no avail, are making a new start for themselves. In fact, their name (“mulligan”) was taken from a golf-term for do-over. Learning from previous mistakes made in their past bands, these musicians have crafted an inspiring sound and fantastic set of songs.
Having released their eponymous titled debut album last July, the band has not yet hit the International stage like other Jazz Fest performers from Alabama, Jason Isbell and Alabama Shakes, but after hearing them play their well-written songs live, one must think that International recognition is not that far away.
The album features solid songwriting, soft vocals, mournful fiddle playing and soothing guitar work. The melodies are simple, yet effective and are accompanied by haunting riffs and honest lyrics. “The Mulligan Brothers” has been critically acclaimed since it was released and was voted “Alabama Album of 2013” in the Mod Mobilian.
The Mulligan Brothers' sound is predominantly acoustic and features Ross Newel (lead vocals/guitar), Gram Rea (vocals/fiddle/mandolin/harmonica), Greg DeLuca (drums) and Ben Leininger (upright suitcase bass). Their style reflects old, timeless music, but is also modern, contemporary and entirely their own.
This band is a fun batch of musicians to listen to and watch. With only one album on their hands, all the songs recorded make their way, more often than not, into their live sets. They also perform covers similar to their sound, but their original songs like “Thrift Store Suitcase” and “Cecilia” are fan favorites and are what concert-goers hope to hear.
If you like indie folk band Trampled By Turtles and Jazz Fest performer Jason Isbell, you’re sure to enjoy the music by the Mulligan Brothers. There’s no mistaking their talent and if you have the chance to check them out while in New Orleans, you should take that opportunity.
The Mulligan Brothers
Jazz Fest Performance: Sunday 5/4/2014
Go see this if: You want to listen to a new band on the verge of success.