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Lookin' for Texas

by Brother 2 Brother

This debut CD brings the evolution of Texas Rockin' Blues into the 21st Century. It's an all original blend of Texas Rock, Blues and Country. "A real treat from the first beat to the last."
Genre: Blues: Texas Style
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1. Don't Be Shy
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2. Sometimes Gone is Gone
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3. It Wasn't Me
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4. I Don't Care
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5. The Power to Drive the Blues Away
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6. Fool Boy's Road
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7. Toobin'
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8. Lookin' for Texas
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Brother 2 Brother made the first ballot for the 2007 Grammy Awards in two categories. Best Contemporary Blues Album and Best Rock Performance.

Brother 2 Brother follows in the footsteps of great Texas Bluesmen such as T-Bone Walker, Albert Collins, and Stevie Ray Vaughan. In addition to their faithful Rock, Blues, and R&B covers, their new original CD entitled "Lookin' for Texas" is a part of the evolution of Texas Blues, incorporating a wide variety of influences from the world of Rock, Country, Jazz, and Blues. Their new CD is getting quite a bit of airplay in their home base of Houston, Texas on KPFT 90.1 FM and they were the cover story of the Sept issue of "North of the Border" entertainment guide with CD review. Also, the CD has received glowing reviews in "Music News" and "The Scene", two more Houston area mags. On Oct. 9, 2005, they were interviewed on KPFT 90.1 FM, Houston, by Mr. V on his program "Blues on the Move". B2B is also getting airplay on Blues Programs in Canada, Argentina, Belgium, France and on the internet radio program "Midnight Blues."

Three of the founding members of the band, bass player Mike "Lowboy" Leubner, drummer Kevin Reed and keyboard player Norm Uhl formed Brother 2 Brother in Jan 2002 after honing their chops backing up Texas recording artist Gene Kelton (Mean Gene Kelton and the Diehards). Vocalist Mike Vohsen and guitarist extraordinaire Robert Baker made up the rest of the team for the band's first CD. The CD was produced by Norm Uhl and Mike Leubner.


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Janey and Mark

Longing For Texas!
Toobin makes me want to go to the RIVER! Lookin For Texas..Love the fiddle, the story is great and very true. More to Texas than Dallas Or Houston! Power to Drive The Blues Away, Awesome Guitar sounds. Great CD............These Guys are Damn Damn Good!
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Dave Miller-North of the Border Magazine

A treat from the first beat to the last.
Brother 2 Brother turns out a consistently solid effort here. Robert Baker's “Don’t be Shy” relates to his playing in bands and looking out at all the cool chicks in the audience, while “Sometimes Gone Is Gone” with the driving horns of Patrick Brennan and written by Norm Uhl, Kevin Reed and Mike Vohsen advises that you should know when it’s time to quit a relationship, and the soulful “It Wasn’t Me” (my personal favorite) is a dreamy ballad that should stand out. Everyone should recognize the sentiment in the novelty tune “I Don’t Care” by Mike Lowboy Leubner. The big band sound of “The Power To Drive The Blues Away” with Robert’s stinging guitar and more horns is the answer to a relationship breakup cured by the power of music. Mike Vohsen’s powerful “Fools’s Boy Road” is an ode to moonshiners prompted by a documentary seen on TV. The two songs with much potential to become regional Texas hits are “Toobin” with keyboard induced accordion inspired by Guadalupe river rats on a weekend on the river and the title cut making fun of the way people think about Texans with some mean fiddle by Margo Lively and references to the real places you’ll find true Texas folks like New Braunfels and even Magnolia. The eclectic mix of blues, soul, country, rock and humor make this a treat from the first beat to the last.
-Dave Miller-North of the Border Magazine-Houston, TX
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Laura T Lynch of Kweevak.com

Diverse and divine !
Lookin' For Texas is their eight track, self-produced debut. Although the album is a studio recording it has a live feel with experienced musicians bring passion to their craft. The CD has few overdubs allowing the emotions of the songs to take center stage. 'Don't Be Shy' features smoking guitar leads with up-tempo rhythms and hard rocking vocals. Mid way through the song, B2B slows the pace down for a blues guitar solo before returning to the original driving beat. 'Toobin' is a whimsical, Cajun flavored composition with the keys creating an accordian effect, along with flowing guitars and rhythms. Brother 2 Brother is musical camaraderie at its best and Lookin' For Texas is diverse and divine!
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Jim Shortt - The Scene


This independent, self-produced blues/blues rock album contains eight original tracks. Time is 28 minutes, 43 seconds. Production and sound quality are very good. The opening cut, "Don't Be Shy," is a forceful, medium-tempo blues tune. Lead singer Mike Vohsen presents the mood of the lyrics well. Guitarist Robert Baker's strong solo is an excellent match for the mood. The title cut is a neat novelty tune that bemoans the fact that Houston is just another big city and has lost its Texas identity. Bassist Mike Leubner does lead vocals. Margo Lively guests on fiddle. "Toobin'" is a lighthearted ditty sure to get a broad grin from anyone that's enjoyed tubing the Guadalupe River, a favorite Texas pastime. "The Power To Drive The Blues Away" is a traditional, get-down blues tune that features Norm Uhl's first-rate vocals and keyboards. Bob Martin guests on trumpet and trombone, Patrick Brennan on saxophone. The whole band rocks hard on the driving, high-energy tune, "Fool Boy's Road," the best up-tempo song on the CD. Best slow-tempo tune is the Tin Pan Alley styled gut-ripper, "Sometimes Gone Is Gone." Vohsen's vocals are intense and passionate. Joe Miller guests on trombone. Best song on the CD is "It Wasn't Me," an R&B belt buckle polisher soaked in Swamp Pop Syrup. Vohsen's vocals capture the song's bayou feel perfectly. Highly recommended.
Jim Shortt - The Scene (Oct 1, 2005)
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Sara Cress - Houston Chronicle


If you like blues-rock, Lookin' for Texas is a solid purchase.
Sara Cress - Houston Chronicle (Oct 3, 2005)
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Rocky Stone - Music News


The sound of the new Brother 2 Brother disc, "Lookin' For Texas", is the sound of a live band at work, striving to entertain the crowd at all costs. Although clearly a studio effort, there is an unmistakable live feel to the tracks. The desire to entertain is evident from the insistent urging of "Don't Be Shy" with its pounding , gritty, hard rock feel to the bluesy lope of "It Wasn't Me" or the Tejano-flavored squeeze box work on "Toobin." The musicianship is first rate, especially on "Sometimes Gone is Gone" which features Norm Uhl's honky tonk style piano. Brother 2 Brother should be congratulated for so successfully translating their live stage show into the fixed form of a studio recording.
Rocky Stone - Music News (Oct 1, 2005)
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Jon Sobel - Blogcritics.org

Fun-filled variety
Butt-kickin' blues-rock is alive and well in Texas. Lookin' for Texas, Brother 2 Brother's stew of blues, rock and soul goes down warm and sweet. It's a studio recording with a live feel: this Houston outfit is not slick - in fact, they're not always even very tight - but they're good musicians who sound like they love playing together, which is more important. Clever, well-crafted songs complete the picture. "I Don't Care" recalls Georgia Satellites via Jerry Lee Lewis, while "Fool Boy's Road" suggests Jim Morrison and the Doors. You'll hear some Fabulous Thunderbirds, a little Lynyrd Skynyrd, more than a pinch of soul from the excellent horn section, and plenty of Chicago blues in these eight songs; there's even a shiver of the bayou in the accordian-led "Toobin'." Altogether a wide variety of styles, served up with heart and a generous helping of fun. Brother 2 Brother is not literally a band of brothers, but their camaraderie shows in the music.
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Paul Bondarovski - Midnight Special Blues Radio

Brother 2 Brother: ALONE IN THE TOP 5!!!
Remember this day: on Friday, December 2nd, 2005 one certain band from Texas called Brother 2 Brother has entirely filled the Top 5 of the Midnight Special Blues radio charts with the songs from their debut (!) album Lookin' For Texas! I can't believe my eyes: they got it! Our charts are based exclusively on listeners' votes, and we have listeners in more than 60 countries all around the world. That is, it's not in France (where the station is based), not in the U.S.A. (half of our audience), but in the whole wide world our listeners have built the Top 5 exclusively of Brother 2 Brother tunes!
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