Brother 2 Brother

Brother 2 Brother

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Brother 2 Brother is based in Houston, Texas. B2B's music ranges from soul searching blues to hard hitting rock and roll. B2B's debut CD, "Lookin' for Texas", is a distinct mix of Texas Blues, Rock, and Country. Think Stevie Ray Vaughn, Lou Ann Barton, and Albert Collins and you've got it!!

Biography

Brother 2 Brother follows in the footsteps of great Texas Bluesmen such as T-Bone Walker, Albert Collins, and Stevie Ray Vaughan. In addition to their faithful Rock, Blues, and R&B covers, their new original CD entitled "Lookin' for Texas" is a part of the evolution of Texas Blues, incorporating a wide variety of influences from the world of Rock, Country, Jazz, and Blues. Their new CD is getting quite a bit of airplay in their home base of Houston, Texas on KPFT 90.1 FM and on KEOS 89.1 FM College Station, TX. Also, they were the cover story of the Sept issue of "North of the Border Entertainment Guide" with CD review. They're often pictured in "Music News" and reviewed in "The Scene", all being Houston area mags. On Oct. 9, 2005, they were interviewed on KPFT 90.1 FM, Houston, by Mr. V on his program "Blues on the Move". Then on Saturday, December 17, on "Joe's Roadhouse" KPFT 90.1 FM, the band was featured playing live from Fitzgerald's. Since then the band has returned for more interviews and live performances.

In late 2006, their CD "Lookin' for Texas" was placed on the official ballot for the 2007 Grammy Awards. The categories it was included in are:
Field 4 - Rock
Category 16 - Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal (For duo, group or collaborative performances, with vocals. Singles or Tracks only.)
for the song "Power to Drive the Blues Away"

Field 13 - Blues
Category 66 - Best Contemporary Blues Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.) for the CD "Lookin' for Texas".

Two of the founding members of the band, bass player Mike “Lowboy” Leubner and keyboard player Norm Uhl, formed Brother 2 Brother in January 2003 after honing their chops backing up Texas recording artist Gene Kelton (Mean Gene Kelton and the Diehards). Vocalist Sandy Hickey, guitarist extraordinaire John Cometta, and rock steady drummer Dan Jones make up the rest of the musical team.

Sandy Hickey - Lead Vocals

Meet the sister of Brother 2 Brother. Sister Sandy Hickey. Sandy has been rocking the Houston music scene since 1985 and has earned her reputation as one of Houston's most respected blues divas. Bluesy, gutsy and sultry, her vocals are the epitome of a Texas Blues singer. She can turn her voice on a dime from growling blues to sweet nuanced tones and can wrap an audience around her little finger.

In the early 90’s, Sandy was co-owner of Mickey’s Mardi Gras on Washington Avenue in Houston. Later, in 1997, Sandy opened Silky’s Blues Bar in that same location and featured some of the most prominent blues people in the area.
Then, in 2000, Sandy released her own CD with the Soul Providers called "Ice Cream, Cigarettes, and a Good Glass of Wine." She received great reviews and in that same year she was nominated "Best Female Vocalist" in the Houston Press Music Awards!

Not to mention she has also worked very hard to improve Houston's Live Music Scene in various ways including serving four terms as President of the Houston Blues Society!

John Cometta - Lead Guitar

John, or "JC" as he's better known, hails from Tucson, Arizona. He played locally with one of the hottest blues bands in the city when he caught the eye of Lil Brian and the Zydeco Travelers. Brian liked his playing so much that he offered "JC" a touring gig that lasted for 6 years. JC liked Houston so much, he decided to stay after he left the band in 2004. He played with Sandy Hickey and the Soul Providers when he wasn't touring and stayed on fulltime when he left Lil Brian to start his own company. He has also played with other great Houston artists such as Tommy Dardar, Jabo, Kid Reese and RaRa Carter. JC possesses a skill beyond his years and is a natural for the blues!

Norm Uhl - Keys, Harmonica, & Vocals

He used to do the News. Now he does the Blues. Norm Uhl was a fixture in local television news serving as an on-air reporter for nearly 15 years on Houston's CBS affiliate. He reported live on such major stories as the Waco Siege and the Fall of the Berlin Wall. Over his career, he has filed stories for NBC, ABC, CBS and CNN.
The award winning journalist is perhaps better known for his humorous features, especially "Norm at Work", where he featured the working men and women of Texas, often giving their jobs a try.
While in the hectic news business, Norm had to put his music on the back burner. But once he left the news business, blues was one of his first endeavors. Norm played keyboards and harmonica with "Mean Gene Kelton and the Die Hards" for two years, which is where he met Bass Player Mike "Lowboy" Leubner.

Mike "Lowboy" Leubner - Bass & Vocals

Also born and raised in Houston, in the Spring Branch area, Mike has loved and studied music since early childhood. After having played and sharing the bill with such notables as Foghat, Sherman Robertson, Roy Head, Mark May, Joe "King" Carasco, Mean Gene Kelton, Diunna Greenleaf, and many others, "Lowboy" has devoted his time and talent to

Lyrics

Toobin'

Written By: Mike Leubner

Too much work/Not enough play
About to go crazy got to get away
Cool clear water/Give me a shiver
Time to head out to the Guadalupe River

Look out New Braunfels now here we come
A little rest
Some fun in the sun
Central Texas/Heat of the summer
Jump in the water gonna end this bummer

Goin’ toobin’
Down the Guadalupe River
Toobin’/So careless and free
And we go toobin’
Down the Guadalupe River
Toobin’
Just let it all be

Whitewater ahead/Oh what a thrill
Are we gonna make it
Are we gonna spill
Hanging on tight/Having no fear
Cause you know all my friends they gonna help me
Save the beer

All my cares/Floating away
Sipping my beer on a beautiful day
Pretty ladies/Riding those tubes
Men hollering out
Show us your………

Goin’ toobin’
Down the Guadalupe River
Toobin’/So careless and free
Goin’ toobin’
Down the Guadalupe River
Toobin’/So careless and free
And we go toobin’
Down the Guadalupe River
Toobin’
Just let it all be.

It Wasn't Me

Written By: Mike Leubner

I say I love you
You say I don’t
I say I need
I need you but you hang up the phone
So I call you right back
To try and make things all right
But you say you saw
You saw me with a woman last night

It wasn’t me pretty baby
It must’ve been another man
It wasn’t me pretty baby
Hear me crying again

(Solos)

It wasn’t me pretty baby
It must’ve been another man
It wasn’t me pretty baby
Hear me crying again

I say I love you
You say I don’t
I say I need
I need you but you hang up the phone
So I call you right back
To try and make things all right
But you say you saw
You saw me with a woman last night

Sometimes Gone is Gone

Written By: Norm Uhl

I hear the door slam
That old familiar sound
And this time I don’t think she’s gonna turn around
She grabbed her things
Said she couldn’t take no more
And I said baby please
Don’t walk out the door
The hurt has to end
My pride will not bend
And I see myself right through to the very end
No more coming back
No more leading on
Sometimes gone is gone

I hear the phone ring
Is that her or just a friend?
Oh and I don’t wanna hear her voice again
I’m gonna be lonely
But I don’t dare give in
One look in her eyes Lord she’s in my heart again
The hurt has to end
My pride will not bend
And I see myself right through to the very end
No more coming back
No more leading on
Sometimes gone is gone

Those blue eyes of sin
We won’t be lovers, we won’t be friends
Lord these endless games they have to end
It’s gonna take some pain
Yours and mine
Let’s face it baby it’s your heart that’s left behind
The hurt has to end
My pride will not bend
And I see myself right through to the very end
No more coming back
No more leading on
Sometimes gone is gone

Sometimes—Sometimes—Sometimes gone is gone

The Power to Drive the Blues Away

Written By: Norm Uhl

My baby left me
I don’t know why
But all I wanna do is
Break down and cry
But I got something that helps keep me strong
It don’t matter what goes right or what goes wrong

I got the power to drive the blues away
All I gotta do is sit down at my piano and play
It don’t matter how rainy the day
I will drive the blues away

I got a friend
He’s got the power too
And all he’s gotta do is
Play the blues.
It don’t matter how stormy the day
He will drive those black clouds away

He’s got the power to drive the blues away
And all he gotta do is
Pick up his guitar and play
It don’t matter how stormy the day
He will play your blues away.

We’ve got the power to drive the blues away
Brother 2 Brother
And all we gotta do is play
It don’t matter how stormy your Monday
We will drive your blues away

I Don't Care

Written By: Mike Leubner

Out again until late last night
Me and the wife we had a terrible fight
I got so mad that I just had to leave
And have a couple beers down at Mogee’s
As I was headed out toward the door
Something sailed past me and it crashed on the floor
She screamed, “Where are you going—I want to know where!!”
I said, “I don’t exactly know and don’t exactly care!!”

Down at the bar the band was playing it hot
I sat and listened and I drank a lot
Before too long I was acting a fool
Fell over backwards—right off of my stool
I tried to catch myself but I couldn’t stop
As luck would have it I fell on a cop
He said, “Wait a minute, boy, where are you going there?”
I said, “I don’t exactly know and don’t exactly care!!”

The next thing I knew I woke up in jail
Three days later I was out on bail
I went to get my car but man I was hot
‘Cause my wife done got it from the storage lot

I walked on home in the sweltering heat
My feet were burning as I walked down the street
When I got there my wife was pulling away
She smiled and waved and said, “Have a nice day!!”
The letter inside said she was leaving
Said she’d had enough of worry and grieving
I said, “Where are you going—I want to know where!!”
She said, “I don’t exactly know and don’t exactly care!!”
She said, “I don’t exactly know and don’t exactly care!!”
She said, “I don’t exactly know and don’t exactly care!!”

Discography

Brother 2 Brother "Lookin' for Texas"
Released October 2005
All songs written, recorded, and produced by B2B
Currently receiving radio air play on KPFT 90.1 FM in Houston,TX and on KEOS 89.1 FM College Station, TX. B2B is also getting airplay on Blues Programs in Canada, Argentina, Belgium, France and on the internet radio programs "Midnight Special Blues", "NewOrleansRadio.com", "Midnight Blues-Online Blues Radio", and many others.

Set List

These are our current sets to cover a 4 hour show

SET 1
IF YOU LOVE ME LIKE YOU SAY - ALBERT COLLINS
ALL YOUR LOVE - OTIS RUSH
SUGAR COATED LOVE - LOU ANN BARTON
TOOBIN - B2B
I'M TORE DOWN - ERIC CLAPTON
SEVEN MEN A WEEK - CANDYE KANE
THE THRILL IS GONE - B.B. KING
SOMETIMES GONE IS GONE - B2B
MY HENHOUSE - SANDRA HALL

SET 2

USE WHAT YOU GOT - SANDRA HALL
POWER TO DRIVE THE BLUES AWAY - B2B
IT WASN'T ME - B2B
A QUITTER NEVER WINS - TINSLEY ELLIS
NASTY HABITS - TOMMY CASTRO
GOT MY MOJO WORKING - MUDDY WATERS
TE-NI-NE-NI-NU - LOU ANN BARTON

SET 3

MERCEDES BENZ - JANIS JOPLIN
SUMMERTIME - JANIS JOPLIN
LOVE ME LIKE A MAN - BONNIE RAITT
SWEET HOME CHICAGO - ROBERT JOHNSON
I DON'T CARE - B2B
COOL GUITARS - JIMMY THACKERY
STORMY MONDAY - T-BONE WALKER
KNOCK ON WOOD - EDDIE FLOYD
HAVE YOU EVER LOVED A MAN - ERIC CLAPTON
MEAN MISTREATER - ELMORE JAMES

Extras:
ONE MONKEY DON'T STOP THE SHOW -
GOING DOWN
THE "L" WORD
SHAKEY GROUND
TEENY WEENY BIT