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Weights & Wings

by Brother Sun

Ranging from gospel and blues-inflected grooves through delicate ballads, with playful dips into zydeco and jazzy a cappella, the ensemble’s muscular and precise harmonies provide the optimism and uplift in every song. Vocal harmony at its best.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Mary Don't You Weep and Moan
4:01 $0.99
2. So Far to Come
3:08 $0.99
3. The Source of the Sun
3:12 $0.99
4. Where Are You Moses
4:02 $0.99
5. Cee Cee's Climb
3:05 $0.99
6. Mighty Long Way
3:10 $0.99
7. I Won't Look Down
3:58 $0.99
8. Keep on Going
3:32 $0.99
9. Viva La Evolucion
4:07 $0.99
10. Mighty Mighty River
4:52 $0.99
11. Eclipse
4:51 $0.99
12. When I'm Gone
4:19 $0.99
13. Carried Away
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Album Notes
After five years of performing all over North America, Brother Sun has established itself as one of the most compelling groups on the contemporary acoustic scene. Their previous CD, “Some Part of the Truth,” was the #1 CD on Folk-DJ for the year of 2013. Uniting respected singer-songwriters Joe Jencks, Pat Wictor, and Greg Greenway, Brother Sun is known for powerful harmonies, intricate musical arrangements, and their easy onstage rapport. Their third and newest release, Weights and Wings, confirms the trio’s dedication to extending its musical and artistic boundaries.

The songs on Weights and Wings represent the evolution the group and its members have undergone. This is Brother Sun’s most emotionally immediate and musically diverse work yet, and it affirms the power of song to accompany each of us from grief and loss into new worlds of possibility, light and promise. Ranging from gospel and blues-inflected grooves through delicate ballads, with playful dips into zydeco and jazzy a cappella, the ensemble’s muscular and precise harmonies provide the optimism and uplift in every song. The CD’s instrumentation, creating textures from introspectively etheral to rocking and gritty, is rounded out by guest musicians Jon Carroll on piano, organ, and accordion, Chico Huff on bass, and Matt Scarano on drums and percussion.

Greg, Joe, and Pat each toured as solo singer-songwriters for more than a decade before forming Brother Sun. Their collective musical experience encompasses folk, roots, blues, pop, jazz, rock and a cappella singing. The band fuses them all in an explosion of musical diversity and harmony, in the finest of male singing traditions. From three major cities - Boston, Chicago, and New York - the three have truly blended themselves into a unique celebration of the amazing power of singing together.

Appearances at festivals like Falcon Ridge, Kerrville, Old Songs, Vancouver Island, and a summer 2016 appearance at Mariposa attest that Brother Sun is regarded as a must-see live act. Brother Sun’s music and message appeal to mainstream listeners and dedicated folkies alike, to people of widely divergent spiritual and political leanings, and fans of both contemporary and traditional music. They offer the hope of people uniting to create beauty in uncertain and unsettled times.

Weights & Wings Advance Reviews:

Brother Sun's third album leaps like a solar flare of heat and light. Greg Greenway, Joe Jencks and Pat Wictor fuse voices of primary colors, creating a white light illuminating the heart and the darker corners of our world. Widely diverse songs, all originals with the exception of one well-chosen Phil Ochs cover, keep the album engrossing and entertaining from first to last track.
-Rich Warren, The Midnight Special & Folkstage, WFMT, Chicago, IL

Weights and Wings is another step forward for this very special trio in their songwriting, production, and chemistry. Wrap yourself in their rich harmonies and embrace their clear-eyed vision.
-John Platt, WFUV, New York, NY

Folk on steroids! Brother Sun melds heart-lifting anthems with the art of harmonic massage. Nimble, strong and soothing all at once!
-Mary Sue Twohy, The Village Folk Show, Sirius XM

Brother Sun incorporates a fuller band sound on Weights and Wings, with stirring originals, their trademark three-part harmonies, and a terrific version of Phil Ochs' “When I'm Gone.” When I heard the opening a cappella notes of “Mary Don't You Weep and Moan,” I knew I was in for a soaring ride. And I was.
-Bob McWilliams, KANU, Lawrence, KS

At the first invigorating note, you are hooked. Their full voices and soaring harmonies, the interweaving of styles, the intricate arrangements and the poetic lyrics create an amazing recording. Brother Sun does it all, seamlessly going from uplifting folk-gospel to rock and blues, and beautiful introspective songs. "I Won't Look Down” is destined to be an anthem for our time.
-Laurie DesJardins, KVMR, Nevada City, CA

Brother Sun's latest recording Weights and Wings is a welcome visit from three friends who come bearing comfort, hope and inspiration in the form of powerful new songs and their trademark exquisite harmony. This new recording puts the emphasis on "harmony" through both their artistic achievement and sharing themes that remind us that we need to find an accordance in these troubled times.
-Ron Olesko, WFDU, Teaneck, NJ



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