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Brothers At Heart

Dix Bruce & Jim Nunally

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Bluegrass guitarists Dix Bruce and Jim Nunally's fourth album, Brothers at Heart, is a tribute to the country brother duet acts dating back to the 1920s, including the Monroe Brothers, the Louvin Brothers, and more recent teams such as Jim & Jesse and the Everly Brothers. Bruce and Nunally are true archivists whose primary occupations include session work and instructional tapes, and they know their way around this traditional material, which they perform lovingly. Even the originals, such as a timely musical setting for Wilma van Peski's antiwar poem "Poppies" by Nunally and Bruce's instrumental "Mike's Marathon," sound like they could have come from the distant past. The two guitars interact well, and the fingerpicking is sure and precise, but Bruce and Nunally also work closely as vocalists, re-creating the untutored country harmonies of the performers they are emulating. This is a chance to hear traditional country music authentically played on a recording that didn't have to be restored sonically from 75-year-old master recordings.


Genre: Singer/Songwriter

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Raised in the Midwest, Dix Bruce took up the guitar at the age of 12. After college, he moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, where he began working in David Grisman's band and, from 1978 to 1984, co-edited the magazine Mandolin World News with Grisman. Also in 1978, Bruce founded the band Back Up & Push, featured on his album Tuxedo Blues. In addition to frequent session work, he finished a second album, My Folk Heart and contributed original music to the film documentary Wild Wheels. And he...
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