Nola.com: Write Brothers told good musical stories at French Quarter Fest 2015
Friday, Apr 10, 2015
French Quarter Fest 2015 dished up a perfect Friday afternoon (April 10) for the four New Orleans songwriters -- Spencer Bohren, Jim McCormick, Alex McMurray and Paul Sanchez -- who team up as The Write Brothers band.
The Tropical Isle Hand Grenade Stage, set on the New Orleans riverfront, proved an intimate, acoustically satisfying setting for a show where the lyrics were as important as the foursome's energetic guitar arrangements. But this setting was so much better than that: a sweeping view of Algiers Point and the Mississippi River, which put most stadium light shows to shame. It...
The Write Brothers
Formed in 2014, the Write Brothers are Spencer Bohren, Jim McCormick, Alex McMurray and Paul Sanchez, four of New Orleans’ finest songwriters who have traveled very different roads to becoming critically and commercially acclaimed tunesmiths and performers. With over a century’s worth of experience between them, the Write Brothers have rendered songs in the genres of rock, folk, blues, country, and rhythm and blues. These four distinct voices find common ground in their love of songwriting and of performing. Their debut album, First Flight (Threadhead Records), is available now.
Jim McCormick recently celebrated two #1 songs on the Billboard country charts: Jason Aldean's “Take A Little Ride,” which spent 3 weeks in the top position, and Brantley Gilbert's "You Don’t Know Her Like I Do." McCormick’s songs also have been recorded by Luke Bryan, Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Jamey Johnson, Randy Travis, Ronnie Milsap, and many others. He is a staff songwriter at BMG Chrysalis, and his album, the Middle of the River, is available on iTunes or at jimmcormicksongs.com
Guitarist and singer Alex McMurray has been writing and performing music professionally in New Orleans for 25 years. Past and current bands include Tin Men, The Valparaiso Men's Chorus, Royal Fingerbowl, 007, Debbie Davis and the Mesmerizers and Happy Talk Band. He has released three CDs of his own music, and has worked as a sideman with Paul Sanchez, Johnny Sansone, Ingrid Lucia, "Papa" John Gros, Lynn Drury and many others. He spent six months performing sea shanties as "Cap'n Sandy" at Tokyo DisneySea. Awards include a 2014 Big Easy award for best Roots Rock and 2010 Big Easy award for Album of the Year. He was seen and heard on the HBO series "Treme" several times. He is currently keeping busy with his many projects, including "The Write Brothers.
Spencer Bohren played with rock, country and blues bands throughout the western US before moving to New Orleans in the the mid-1970s. Since 1984 he has performed over one hundred concert tours in nearly every country on the European continent. He’s made 16 albums which are available at SpencerBohren.Com and continues to tour Europe and the US regularly as a musician, educator and storyteller.
In January of 2010 Off Beat Magazine awarded Paul Sanchez three Best of The Beat Awards: Songwriter of The Year, Best Song of The Year, Best Folk/Rock Album for Stew Called New Orleans, his duet record with friend and collaborator John Boutte. In April of that same year Gambit Weekly awarded him Best Roots Rock Performer at The Big Easy Awards. Sanchez has written songs for Darius Rucker of Hootie and The Blowfish, The Eli Young Band, and Irma Thomas. Paul resides in the Treme neighborhood with his wife Shelley, where he sings and breathes everything New Orleans.
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Thursday, Mar 31, 2016
Dig the Write Brothers while sipping a Mint Julep in the gardens. $10.
Sunday, Dec 6, 2015
Had a great time here last time. Looking forward to playing in this beautiful spot. Hey Cathe!
Friday, Dec 4, 2015
A beautiful old dance hall. Amazing sound and vibe. Should be a good night.
Friday, Sep 4, 2015
Our first time in ol' B.R....high hopes!
The Write Brothers
Cup Full of Soul
Too Many Times
Jet Black and Jealous
The Ballad of Lito Benito
S. Bohren / J. McCormick / P. Sanchez
We'll Be Together Again
- Jim McCormick, New Orleans, 2015
produced by Mark Bingham
Engineered by Chris George and Daniel Majorie
Mixed by Mark Bingham
Mix assistant: Albert Fish
Mastered by David Gasser at Airshow Mastering, Boulder, CO
Andre Bohren - drums, percussion, keyboard
Dave Pomerleau - acoustic bass