The Hupman Brothers
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The Hupman Brothers

Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada | SELF

Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada | SELF
Band Blues Folk


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"Countin' Quarters"

It’s been brewing for a few months now. Initially I heard only whisperings. Then I met Ian Sherwood, “Up on the Ridge”, at the Hupman’s Place. He was there to lay down some saxophone tracks. I heard, for the first time, a few tracks of their upcoming new CD: “Countin’ Quarters”. There are Hammond and fiddle sounds, double bass and some (un)real electricity. Now the disc is all that’s a-playin’ at our house.

A couple of years ago, when their first CD came out, I said to myself: “It just ain’t gonna get much better than that!”. Of course I was wrong. Since then I learned that Scott plays electric and upright bass, that he is a recording engineer and sound guy. Ryan is a visual artist and lyricist, and together with drummer Mike Carroll the brothers keep a groove that can be felt all the way to Chicago and Detroit. I am still amazed at how accurately this new CD represents the Hupman Brothers: The sounds are straight forward. The mood of the songs reached my heart before my mind caught on, and the space that the band creates allows them to be joined by musical fellows, listeners and dancers before the first verse is done.

Man! I stuck the thing into my computer and the thing went from zero to sixty in just a few seconds. The first song is called “Repeat” and features the classic trio sound with drums, bass and strat. Halfway through, Ian Sherwood kicks in with a few horns. I took the hint and switched my player program to “Repeat”. Gimme some more!

The Album mixes a laid back sense of home with melancholy. It oozes heart and hope. These are the guys everybody wants to play with. They make fast, driving R’n'B sound like a piece of cake and they draw fellow virtuosos like moths to the flame. On this record you’ll hear Caleb Miles playing his electric guitar, you’ll hear Bob Federer playing keyboard like nobody else in the Valley and Ian’s Saxophones are on six of the twelve tracks.

“Countin’ Quarters”, the CD, and “Countin’ Quarters”, the title track, both, conjure up an image of taking stock, choices made and dues paid, hands extended to friends, joy and sorrow shared. I tip my hat to Scott and Ryan, to the trials and tribulations of brotherhood. They keep setting the example, the standard and the bar of musicianship, of inclusion and of support.

I will make sure to be in attendance when the Hupman Brothers celebrate the completion of their latest recording with a concert at the Al Whittle Theatre in Wolfville, on Saturday, the 30th of May, Apple Blossom weekend. The preparations for this show are running at full steam. Most of the participating musicians met last Monday at Brian Frizzle’s Dungaree Lair for a rehearsal. I was lucky enough to listen in, and I heard a world class blues band, having fun, groovin’ out, tradin’ licks. There’s a buzz out there. It’s coming. My number one CD of the Year.
- Andy Flynn of The Grapevine

"Together so Well"

"The Hupmans [are] unique and instictive. They make complicated vocalization and guitar playing look easy. It's obvious they've been playing together for a long time." - The Advertiser

"CD Review: The Hupman Brothers"

These guys live and breathe music, they're dishing it up big time. The album features 16 original songs. The music feels very immediate and goes straight from the ears to the heart. Funny thing, this CD will trigger many flashbacks to the brothers' live show. “Sand Between My Toes” is playing right now on my speakers, and I'm not getting much writing done, the music is a touch too hypnotic. The guitars are so complementary, it's sounds like a two-headed, twenty-fingered alien is wielding two guitars at the same time. The blend of the voices is beautiful. Get this CD, it's well worth it. - The Grapevine


Hupman Brothers (self titled) 2007 (MNS blues album of the year nominee)
Live @ The Al Whittle Theatre June 2008 (recorded by CBC radio Sept 2007)
The Hupman Brothers Band, "Countin' Quarters" released June 2009(MNS nomniated for best blues album/ group recoding 2009, and ECMA nominated for blues recording of the year 2009)
2010 The Dungaree Brothers with The Hupman Brothers Band, "The South Mountain Swamp Rock Opera" released june 2010
2010 The Hupman Brothers Band "Loveseat Volume 1"
2011 The Hupman Brothers Band "Loveseat Volume 2"



The Hupman Brothers are an important Nova Scotia band to watch. Their original sound is played with superb musicianship and as brothers they play as if one, knowing where the music is heading and how to make it their own.

Kim O’Brien of the East Coast Blues Society says,

“The first thing you notice about the Hupman Brothers is how much they love what they’re doing. Especially the front man and the bass player. These are, respectively, Ryan and Scott Hupman, the brothers in the eponymous band. Their enthusiasm seems to infect the audience and their bandmates, Caleb Miles on guitar, Bob Federer on keys, Mike Carroll on drums, and Ian Sherwood and Ariana Nasr on sax.

The second thing you notice is that their music, while steeped in the golden age of Blues, does not strictly adhere to the standard Blues formula. You’ll rarely hear a strictly- followed 12-bar Blues song. The Hupman’s songs and arrangements are fresh, but with a hint of the swing/ragtime Blues guitar style of the 30s and 40s with their own con- temporary sensibilities woven in.
Their win of a 2010 ECMA for Best Blues Album, and a Maple Blues Award Nomination puts the Hupmans at the forefront of a new wave of Blues artists on the East Coast. There is a lot of energy in the music of these new troubadours and nowhere is this more evident than with the Hupmans.”

In the past 4 years, the Hupman Brothers have released four albums, and received multiple award nominations through Music Nova Scotia, The East Coast Music Association, and Maple Blues.

Winner of the 2010 ECMA for Blues Recording of the Year, and nominated for Music Nova Scotia Blues Album/Group Recording of the Year, their album "Countin' Quarters" was released in Wolfville, NS on May 30, 2009

Their new album “Loveseat Volume 1”, released November 2010, was recorded live off the floor at The Welding Shed in Port Williams, NS. Two tracks from this album ("Bobbleberry Jam", and "She Got Mad") were semifinalists in the 2010 International Songwriting Competition.

Loveseat Volume II was released March 26th in Wolfville, NS, and is purely acoustic.