The Morrison Brothers Band is an unsigned group whose sound fuses elements of Southern Rock, Blues, Pop and Country Music.
Founded in 2006 by brothers Truman and Willie Morrison, the California-based outfit began composing the groundwork for their debut album by performing regularly in the Los Angeles area. After relocating to their hometown of Washington D.C. in 2008, the Morrison Brothers assembled a new lineup with brothers Matt and Kevin Nolan to build an East Coast following and finish work on their first album, "Midnight in Virginia."
In 2009, the opening track off the album took first place in the Mid-Atlantic Songwriting Competition. A year later, the group was selected as the Gigatone Songwriter and Performer of the Year.
In the summer of 2011, the Morrison Brothers independently released their second album, “Shotgun Silhouette.” Several cuts from the album are still experiencing regular airtime on radio stations such as 98.7 WMZQ across the country.
The band has headlined many prestigious venues in the DC area, including The 9:30 Club, The Birchmere, The State Theatre, The Hamilton and The Mellon Auditorium. The Morrison Brothers have also shared the stage and been featured at music festivals with the likes of Allison Krauss, Steely Dan, Third Eye Blind, Maroon 5, and the Steve Miller Band.
The band is currently recording their third album on the east coast, and plans on touring in support of the album's release in the summer and fall of 2013.
The Zac Brown Band, The Allman Brothers Band, Little Feat, The Black Crowes, and Sam Cooke are noted as a few of the group’s many musical influences. As one critic from Picket magazine described The Morrison Brothers Band’s sound, “It’s as if Van Morrison, O.A.R. and the Eagles had a baby.”
Truman Morrison - Guitar
Willie Morrison - Vocals
Matt Nolan - Percussion
Kevin Nolan - Bass, Guitar
Dave Benson - Bass
Alyson GIlbert - Backing Vocals
Debut Album: "Midnight in Virginia"
2nd Album: "Shotgun Silhouette"
The Morrison Brothers Band
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Published March 30, 2010. It’s really hard to find anyone these days who aren’t talking about “bo...Published March 30, 2010.
It’s really hard to find anyone these days who aren’t talking about “boys trying to touch my junk, junk,” or “This is why I’m hot. I’m ‘cause you’re not”. I mean truly, lyrics don’t get much better than that. The caliber of musicality today’s artists have is … well, pathetic.
The Morrison Brothers Band, however, delivers lyrics backed by strong guitar riffs and arrangements you wouldn’t expect from two twenty-something boys. Their debut LP, “Midnight in Virginia,” holds a gamut of songs, from potential top 40 singer/ songwriter hits to more serious subject matter wonderfully composed into lyrical poetry.
You can tell which of their songs were written in yesteryear due to some clichés, like the lyrics in the syrupy sweet love song “Together,” but the ragged southern rock feel of “Georgia Country” and “The Best Thing” showcase the progress they’ve made since starting the band and their true potential as a southern- rock or country band.
On top of the lyrical power, they have a composition of catchy choruses and lines, making the album perfect for long car rides or back porches on a summer night.
It’s as if Van Morrison, O.A.R., and the Eagles had a baby, it would be a hybrid of Willie and Truman Morrison. With Willie on main vocals and Truman on guitar, the brothers have hit the D.C. and L.A. music scenes with far more than a substantial start. Their music is available on iTunes and their MySpace page.