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"the Daily Texan 4-7-09"

Hotel Brotherhood
Missing Scenes
As independent music drags its feet through this digital age, a Web site or MySpace page has become vastly more important than a band’s physical location. An unending flow of yet-unheard music squeezes out of phone lines and Internet connections from every corner of the country, inundating any pair of eager ears with a decent computer. Does a band’s sound reflect the place it calls home anymore?
For Hotel Brotherhood, a four-piece that has made Marfa, Texas, its home, the answer is a resounding yes. Hotel Brotherhood’s first full-length album, Missing Scenes, is painted with the same earth tones and big skies that make up the 3,800 square miles of Presidio County.
Lead singer and songwriter Ross Cashiola planned a three-month escape to West Texas from Chicago to find inspiration and write some new songs for a future album.
Cashiola found more inspiration than he anticipated, and those three months quickly became three years and three albums’ worth of material. Missing Scenes is the first collection of these songs to be recorded.
Written mostly in Marfa and recorded mostly in Chicago, Hotel Brotherhood’s first outing meanders through 12 tracks with an accessible and organic sound.
The songs flow seamlessly with the aid of tasteful reverb and simple instrumentation, creating a sound much like early My Morning Jacket or a quieter Neil Young.
None of the songs have a real chorus, but Cashiola’s lyrics manage to stay fresh and familiar at the same time, like the miles of open highway between Interstate Highway 10 and Marfa, with their slow and changing scenery.
Missing Scenes could comfortably take on the roll of soundtrack to any number of highways or cities across the country, but it is most at home where it was born: wide-open West Texas.
Missing Scenes is available at Waterloo Records on Lamar Boulevard.
— Lawrence Lander

- The Daily Texan

"Pairs of Things and Other Stories"


Hotel Brotherhood: Pairs of Things and Other Stories
Label: King Condor-Blackmott
Release Date: 2010
Genre: Recording


Chicago-based songwriter Ross Cashiola has managed to put together Marfa’s closest approximation of an “it” band. Under the Hotel Brotherhood banner, the sculptor and part-time Marfa resident (sparked by a Chinati Foundation internship) seems to open for everyone worth seeing who comes through Marfa; in fact Austin’s own Heartless Bastards recently backed him during the El Cosmico music festival. Musically, Cashiola’s a great ambassador for the artsy desert outpost, producing country music bare as floorboards, matched by bracing, literary lyrics. Hotel Brotherhood’s second album pairs Cashiola’s lyrical contributions and earnest vocals with gorgeous instrumentation, especially Sam Wagster’s polished guitar, pedal steel, and piano work on “Two Rights a Wrong,” “Wild Clouds,” and “Wild Rose Pass,” respectively. Singers Jessica Moore and Jenny Walton-Wetzel help soften the austerity, though some songs, like the excellent character-driven “Rudi Corales,” need no adornment. Much like Marfa, Pairs of Things isn’t a fast-paced, thrill-a-minute ride, but instead captivates with its spare, slow simplicity. - San Antonio Current

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Hotel Brotherhood
Thursday, January 24, at Dan's Silver Leaf

By Darryl Smyers
Published on January 23, 2008 at 10:01am
Thursday, January 24, at Dan's Silver Leaf
Hotel Brotherhood
Ross Cashiola, leader of the fascinating unit known as Hotel Brotherhood, splits his time between Chicago and, of all places, Marfa. But one could hardly think of a better environment for Cashiola to create his innovative mix of Nick Drake and Giant Sand. The sculptor/songwriter accepted an internship with an acclaimed foundation and fell in love with the West Texas locale. While the rest of the band battles the frigid air of the Windy City, Ross indulges in his love of the arts and writes an occasional song or two, even releasing an engaging and heady solo effort, North of the Bees, in his free time. Sadly, because of unforeseen circumstances, the other members of Hotel Brotherhood will be unable to accompany Cashiola on this night, making this a solo outing for him to try out several cuts that will be on the band's debut release, due out this spring. Whatever the context, Cashiola's way with melody and his affectively dry delivery make songs such as "Spell Breaker" and "Missing Scenes" pure ear candy for fans of Calexico and Wilco. If the desert air can have such a positive effect on a city slicker such as Cashiola, it might be a good idea to ask the entire state of New York if they'd like to catch a glimpse of those Marfa lights. - dallas observer


Pairs of things and other stories- unreleased -Jan. 2011
full album 8 songs.

Missing Scenes- release date - Feb. 14th 2009
full album, 12 songs

Ross Cashiola- solo record
North of the Bees- released March 2007

includes tracks such as River to Sea, and No Opposites Parade, which have gotten airplay in the West Texas region- available on itunes and



Hotel Brotherhood, started in Chicago in 2002-03.
Since those days they have played in and around Chicago and also a deal in Texas, where singer and songwriter Ross Cashiola has lived for the last four years. The band has recently recorded the album "Pairs of Things and Other Stories" and is putting it out as a self-release in late 2010. The band as a whole has been pretty tied to Chicago for years, with Sam Wagster, Ryan Boyles and Jason Creps playing with dozens of other acts in the past years including Neko Case, Low Skies, High Hawk, Judson Claiborne, Freakwater, and DRMWPN among others. Ross Cashiola, the band's main songwriter grew up listening to folk and honkey tonk music such as John Prine, Willie Nelson, and Jerry Jeff Walker, and sees bands like Silver Jews, Bruce Springsteen, Cass McCombs, Palace Brothers, Cat Power, as more contemporary influences if he had to choose. Now residing in a tiny west Texas town, Ross has been writing new songs and is looking forward to playing shows in support of the new record.

The new Hotel Brotherhood record, recorded in Marfa,TX and Chicago was mixed by Mark Nevers in Nashville last summer "Pairs of things...and other stories" will be released in the winter/spring of 2011.