From the sawdust covered floors of a backwoods beer joint, to a psychedelic dope den, The Nugget Brothers’ sound is a unique melting pot of styles. From an early age, founding members Brian Peterson (Guitar/Vocals) and actual brother Mike (Guitar), have had the floodgates open to all styles of music, creating this eclectic blend that today is the philosophy of the Nuggets’ music. Having played in multiple bands (Side Kixx, King Penguin) in the New York City area, they gained experience through playing hundreds of shows. One of which landed them smack in the middle of Times Square as part of the Clean Up New York campaign, sponsored by Z100 FM.
They’ve worked with Joey Gmerek (Hit & Run Publishing), and spent many years under the management of Joseph Reed (TRX Entertainment), who's credits include great jazz producer, Helen Keane, Bill Evans, and Joao Gilberto.
Now having teamed up with bassist, Scott Kastner (Doogs, who’s song “Santa’s In Jamaica” received quite a bit of airplay on New York’s 102.7 WNEW), pedal steel player Kevin Murphy (88 Butterfly, Bicycle Dogs, O'Connells Repeal) and Dr. Rhythm (drum machine. first gig.) The Nugget Brothers are giving the face of Alt./Country a new look. (tragic as it may be!)
In 2005 The Nuggets received a Billboard Magazine World Song Competition Honorable Mention Award for their song "Styletown", and again in 2006 with "Blue".
Shut Eye Records has featured the band on the Buzzlighter compilation C.D., "Feed Your Muse" in 2005, and again in 2006 on "The United State of Americana 4" with the song "Blue" alongside BR5-49 and Bobby Bare.
The band has also earned themselves showcase slots at Detroit's prestigious MC2 Festival (Motor City Music Conference) in April 2005, A-list status at two Millennium Music Conferences (MMC9 and 10), and two consecutive selections to the North by Northeast (NXNE) festival in Toronto.
The Nugget Brothers can currently be found playing regular shows around some of NYC's top venues like The Knitting Factory, Pianos, Delancey Lounge, and Arlene's Grocery to name a few, and are part of the touring group Cirque du Singe Brise`(Circus of the Shattered Monkey).
Brian Peterson: Guitar, Drums, Vocals
Scott Kastner: Bass
Mike Peterson: Lead Guitar
Kevin Murphy: Pedal Steel, Drums
Dr. Rhythm: Drum Machine
-The Nugget Brothers: The Nugget Brothers E.P. (Rusty Tractor) 2/1/05
-Buzzlighter #9 "Feed Your Muse" - Compilation (Shut Eye Records) Mar. '05
-The United State of Americana Vol. 4 - Shut Eye Records. June '06.
New York Post
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The Nugget Brothers explore that dark world of psych-pop alt-country haunted by Gram Parsons. Th...The Nugget Brothers explore that dark world of psych-pop alt-country haunted by Gram Parsons.
The Montclair, N.J., act was founded by the Peterson brothers — Brian (guitar/vocals) and Mike (guitar) — and includes bassist Scott Kastner and drum-machine guy Dr. Rhythm.
Shut Eye Records
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“Upon listening to your music, I was reminded of that peculiar, alt-country sound similar to that of...“Upon listening to your music, I was reminded of that peculiar, alt-country sound similar to that of groups like The Handsome Family or Souled American. Its a great blend of odd ball tex-mex and indie unconventionality”
The Aquarian / East Coast Rocker
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NJ Newsbeat THE NUGGET BROTHERS / self-titled A Montclair-based three-piece wit...NJ Newsbeat
THE NUGGET BROTHERS / self-titled
A Montclair-based three-piece with a drum
machine named Dr.Rhythm and a healthy sense
of humor, these former members of King Penguin,
Doogs, and Side Kixx produce a droll, deadpan,
caustically rockin’ alt.country flavored stew that
wouldn’t sound out of place during a Sparks/Ween/
Stan Ridgeway/XTC radio block. (nuggetbros.com)
Al Muzer has written it down for readers of: Country Music Live, CDNow, The Music Paper, Live Wire, Juice, Music.com, AOL’s Hub,
All-Star Magazine, Hits, Rock Brigade, Hit Sensations, The Musician’s Exchange,
Consumable OnLine,The Aquarian Weekly, and The East
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“Even if the other four cuts on this EP weren't any good, this eponymous disc from New Jersey's The ...“Even if the other four cuts on this EP weren't any good, this eponymous disc from New Jersey's The Nugget Brothers would be worth buying just for the infectious, slightly twisted and dark Wall of Voodoo goes twangy country opener "Piggy". Thankfully there's plenty more here to love like the sing-songy pop hooks of "Styletown" and the quirky sounds of the dark, twangy "Stuck". Hopefully a full-lengther is somewhere right around the corner.”
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Nice Recording Good song, I particularly enjoy this style but it is really good. Nicely structured,...Nice Recording
Good song, I particularly enjoy this style but it is really good. Nicely structured, mood: makes me wanna drive a big rig cross country.
Greasy chicken pickin' guitars duelling with each other like a couple of hillbillies waiting for their first blind date with Burt Reynolds. I thought the song was great, lyrics cool as a cold bucket of kentucky fried.
Reading, Berkshire, United Kingdom
finally something today that sounds original.
a regular ho-down!
This is a fun little country number. It's really lively, and shows some real good musicianship. Great tune.
An upbeat mix of catchy guitar riffs and cool vocals! You cant stop stompin your feet to this and you just want to sing along! The lyrics are really cool, I dont know if everyone would be into this but you guys dont sound like you care. The mood is great. You guys keep it up.!
Winter Park, Florida
everything is excellent, love that knee slappin, infectious, "yokel-esque raucous-y", feel... it's both kinds of music country AND western!
Buffalo, New York
rockabilly better than ever!
foot stomping from the first note to the last. the trashing electric guitar licks and driving bass along with a slight southern accent make for a rockabilly type sound that can beat the best of them.
Providence, Rhode Island
Our typical set list consists of about 9-12 songs filling the usual 45 minute time slot. A longer set is certainly available if requested. All originals.
There are no upcoming dates at this time.