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"Bloodlines review"

"Bloodlines" review from the Ottawa Citizen - Sat. June 6th 2009
Bloodlines Rating 4
Brothers Chaffey (GRC Records)
The Brothers Chaffey have been playing their rootsy blend of country, rock and soul in clubs for years, and made a mark at Bluesfest last summer.
When word got around that noted Canadian producer Ken Friesen had taken the Ottawa lads -- singer-guitarist Matthew Chaffey, 30, and his younger brother, guitarist Curtis, 29 -- under his wing, expectations went up a notch or 12. Friesen is known for his work with the Sadies, Hawksley Workman, Great Big Sea and others, and runs the Signal Path studio in Almonte, where the Brothers' drummer, Nick Diak, and bassist, Dave Macdonald, reside.
Bloodlines is the result of this long-simmering collaboration, and it's great. Friesen was the key studio engineer for the entire process, and assisted the brothers in shaping their songs -- all credited to Chaffey-Chaffey-Friesen.
A couple of tracks sound like they were inspired by late nights driving home to the city from Almonte along Highway 17. Most evocative is On the Highway, a lilting country-rock ballad about coming across a wreck in a snowstorm. "The snow and the ice and the whisky burns," Matthew sings, in a dusty voice tinged with pain.
Other highlights of a warm and satisfying set include the early Stones' vibe of I Don't Worry About Time, the unhurried Hard Luck Guy, the soulful boogie-blues of Good Times Gone and the rockabilly soul of Welcomed You In.
Overall, there's more twang than expected, an inclination that puts them in the company of illustrious Canadian country-rockers such as the Sadies and Blue Rodeo. Curtis packs waves of emotion into his guitar licks, while Matthew's singing adopts a hazy Southern drawl. "I'm a country boy inside," he wails on Bend in the Road, "living in the city all my life."
For a couple of city boys who like to rock, the Brothers Chaffey do a terrific job of showing off their country roots, their natural talents given a boost by a skilled producer. If you like Gram Parsons, check out the Chaffeys.
The Brothers Chaffey hold a CD release party at Almonte Town Hall on Thursday. For details of other local shows, see their band page at
Lynn Saxberg
- Ottawa Citizen


2005 - Harbord Street Soul
2009 - Bloodlines



Since 2004 Brothers Chaffey have been performing their brand of roots rock country soul all over Canada. Lead by brothers Matthew and Curtis Chaffey, their sound is best described as a combination of genres, most notably the R&B of Matthew's vocals and the country rock in Curtis' telecaster twang. They write contemporary rock n' roll songs that lean heavily on melody and are comfortable infusing their material with traditional motifs and ideas.

The vitality and intensity of their music has earned the Brothers Chaffey a solid reputation for their up-tempo, dancehall, rock n' roll shows. They have toured from coast to coast and maintained a solid fan base in Halifax, Toronto and Ottawa in support of their first record release Harbord Street Soul.

In the summer of 2009 the Brothers released their second CD Bloodlines, a collaboration with engineer/producer Ken Friesen (Tragically Hip/the Sadies.) The Brothers combine their love of soulful blues, rock and country to create in their original songs a spirit and honesty that translates to the listener. Driven by Matthew's powerful vocal style and Curtis' commanding guitar work "Bloodlines" features the rhythm section of Dave Macdonald(Bass) and Nick Diak(Drums). Reviews in the Vancouver Sun and Ottawa Citizen gave the recording 4 out of 5 stars. The group is busy playing shows all over Ontario and are planning to tour throughout Canada and into the U.S. in 2010.

“The Brothers Chaffey are brave old souls in a brave new world.� - Sylvie Hill Ottawa XPress