Independent record label, United For Opportunity is proud to announce the U.S. debut of the 2012 Canadian Country Music Awards' Best New Artist, The Abrams Brothers. This honor comes on the heels of a summer tour with multiple CCMA winner Dean Brody. The bluegrass/folk-rock/country trio are set for an extensive fall tour in the States beginning the end of the month to coincide with the September 25th U.S. release of their latest album Northern Redemption.
This is the first studio album of original material for the band, which consists of brothers John Abrams (vocals, guitar, mandolin, keyboard, percussion) and James Abrams (vocals, violin) and their cousin Elijah Abrams (bass). Drawing from their vast influences including the Louvin Brothers, Tony Rice, The Beach Boys and Neil Young, The Abrams Brothers seamlessly fuse bluegrass with country and folk-rock.
Lyrically, the album draws heavily upon the landscapes of the Canadian wilderness, and merges these images with themes of love, loneliness and restless ambition. “The songs draw upon the many experiences of growing up playing music with four generations of Abrams musicians, coupled with the youthful unrest we feel in wanting to further our own career” explains John Abrams. “The album is a bit of a paradox: a parallel dynamic between our retrospective view of our decade long touring career, along with the fact that we are still very young (James and I are 19 and 22 respectively) and feel like our career is only just beginning.”
"While Kingston, Ontario, bluegrass trio The Abrams Brothers may be fresh-faced, sweet-voiced and ready for the spotlight, they're anything but a Canuck version of those Jonas siblings. The Abrams Brothers – John, James, and cousin Elijah – have been blowing away audiences across North America, Europe and Israel for the past several years with their virtuoso playing and effortless harmonies."
-- Toronto Star
09/21/12 Toronto, ON at Canada’s Walk of Fame
09/26/12 Ithaca, NY at Ithaca College – IC Square
09/28/12 Cleveland, OH at Wilbert’s
09/29/12 Lexington, KY at Willie’s Locally Known
With the release of Northern Redemption, The Abrams Brothers – John, James and cousin Elijah – make a transition from the music of their roots to their own distinct sound. It’s a combination of bluegrass, country and folk-rock that’s had the Canadian festival circuit up in arms over their potential, and the rest are sure to catch on.
The release of the first single, “Nothing At All,” to Canadian radio on May 10, 2011 launched the band onto a two-week country radio tour, and saw them make tremendous in-roads at CBC Radio as well. The Toronto Star raved, “The Abrams Brothers have been blowing away audiences with their virtuoso playing and effortless harmonies drawn on a long family tradition of bluegrass and folks music.” And that’s just the start of the journey for this album.
The past couple years have seen the much-loved Canadian trio rising through the ranks. In 2009 the band released Blue On Brown, an album of songs by Arlo Guthrie and Bob Dylan. The record was the boys’ tribute to songwriters they had always admired, and even Arlo Guthrie, the legend himself, chimed in saying they were “way too young to be playing that good.” When the video for the band’s next single, a cover of Coldplay’s “Viva la Vida” made a splash on CMT in both the U.S. and Canada, the band reached a larger audience yet. And in late 2010 The Abrams Brothers released a new video for the single “Mermaid Town” that went straight into medium rotation on CMT.
The Abrams Brothers are fourth-generation musicians with musical roots reaching back to their great-grandparents. And despite their age, veteran is certainly not a word out of reach given their credits. They’ve been touring together for almost a decade – and in the past few years, have become Canadian festival favorites. In 2005, the Ontario-based group became the youngest Canadians to appear on Nashville’s iconic Grand Ole Opry. They’ve toured Europe, and several times have performed for the Jacob’s Ladder Folk Festival in Israel. In 2006, the band received the Daniel Pearl Memorial violin, given to especially gifted young musicians.
Released on June 21 in Canada via United For Opportunity/Fontana North, Northern Redemption is the fourth release from The Abrams Brothers. The nine-track album was produced by Canadian singer-songwriter/producer Chris Brown (The Bourbon Tabernacle Choir, Tony Scherr, Ani DiFranco, The Barenaked Ladies). It starts off with title track “Northern Redemption” – an ode to the passing of time and missed chances with pitch perfect harmonies and a hint of twang – and then takes the pace down a notch with sparse instrumentation and mellow 60s pop vocals singing longingly to a sleeping lover the things we’re sometimes afraid to say to their face.
The album’s first radio single, “Nothing At All” is a rollicking country-driven tale of a man realizing he has to build his own future, set to some fierce fiddle, a bursting chorus and even an electric guitar solo. We find a more traditional-sounding bluegrass song in “Where I’m Bound,” which showcases the band’s multi-instrumental chops while reminding us these guys are too sweet to leave their girl behind when they sing, “I wouldn’t mind if I was [growing old] with you.”
“While You Sleep” features pedal steel guitar and chugging rhythms while our singer croons to a lover of running away with her in the night. We hear the endearing voice of a first budding relationship in the folk-rock track “Thirteen.” And, almost hidden at No. 7, “Leaving Love Behind” is a ballad as painful as it is beautiful with a lingering chorus that’s sure to stick in your head. Next is the band’s clever pickin’ cover of the Coldplay mega-hit “Viva la Vida.” And the album rounds out with “Planet of Seasons,” a tender country song of love and the passing of time.
Northern Redemption is an album of love gained and lost and one about getting out and moving on. Yes, The Abrams Brothers have grown up and truly shine as young men on this one – young men with a taste of life whose insecurities fall second to a passion to make their own destiny.allowscriptaccess, The Abrams Brothers – John, James and cousin Elijah – make a transition from the music of their roots to their own distinct sound. It’s a combination of bluegrass, country and folk-rock that’s had the Canadian festival circuit up in arms over their potential, and the rest are sure to catch on.