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Dynamite Brothers

The Dynamite Brothers are a rock n' roll band from Chapel Hill, NC who have been recording and performing since 1998. The band is Mitch Rothrock (Guitars, Bass, Vocals), Scott Nurkin (Drums, Percussion, Vocals), and Shane Hartman (Bass, Guitars, Keyboards, Percussion, and Background Vocals). They have released three full length albums - "Clap Along With" in 2003, "AGAIN" in 2009, and "UNDONE" in 2018. In 2011, the band collaborated with Shirlette Ammons and released the EP "And Lovers Like". Their music has been featured in various television and film projects including "Eastbound and Down", "Stronger", "Foot Fist Way", "Vice Principals", "All the Real Girls", "Undertow", "Gun It With Benny Spies", and more.

Past members and other contributors (the Dynamite Family Band) include Zeb Holt (Piano and Organ), Bibis Ellison (Vocals), Robert Cantrell (Percussion), Taz Halloween (Vocals), Tim Smith (Sax, Vocals), April Howell (Trombone, Vocals), Scott McCall (Lap Steel), Jody Kidney (Background Vocals), and Juan Huevos.

Rick Cornell's Bio for the Independent Weekly's Hopscotch Festival:

It’s as if core Brothers Mitch Rothrock (guitar, vocals), Shane Hartman (bass, keys, vocals) and Scott Nurkin (drums, vocals) dynamited a crate of LPs labeled “’60s through ‘90s.” Pieces of Houses of the Holy, Superfly, We’re Only in It for the Money, Controversy and 3-Way Tie (for Last) float down from the sky to be collected and taken to an indie rock lab for madcap reassembly. It would explain the name Dynamite Brothers and the defiantly patchwork sound: Horn sections and horny, hazy female vocals are stitched in liberally, as are keyboards alternately slinky and sleazy. What emerges is made up of percussion-heavy intros and slow-gyration outros, funk workouts and psychedelic hoedowns, hard-rocking Friday nights and Philly-soul sunrises. The groove is just gravy.

But it’s not as if the Bros are spending all their time blowing stuff up. There’s much effort directed toward getting songs in television shows and movies— for instance, “In Time,” one of the highlights from the band’s second record, Again, was featured in the HBO series Eastbound and Down—and the guys have been doing some even more aggressive genre-hopping to create tunes for future commercial use. Then there’s the Dynamite Extended Family project, an offshoot of having guests on both Dynamite Brothers records and occasionally backing other folks live. The plan is to recruit local heroes for collaborations, cutting across a variety of styles in the process, of course, with Ivan Howard, Greg Humphreys, Taz Halloween, John Howie, Jr., and Shirlette Ammons among those already onboard with the idea. More things to blow up. More things to blow your mind. —Rick Cornell