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Come on Home

by Greg Cornell & The Cornell Brothers

Stories of yearning for home, love and justice, set in a blend of American roots styles with a strong Northeastern flavor.
Genre: Country: Americana
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1. Broken Wings
4:06 album only
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2. Come on Home
3:08 album only
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3. Liars, Betrayers and Hellhounds
2:36 album only
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4. The Other Side of Sorrow
3:01 album only
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5. Trail of Tears
5:26 album only
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6. The Median Song
2:48 album only
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7. I Had a Pony
3:14 album only
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8. Heavenly Rain
3:44 album only
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9. O Captain! My Captain!
2:58 album only
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10. Song for Nick
5:21 album only
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Greg Cornell formed The Cornell Brothers six years ago in Brooklyn, after he figured out how to write songs combining his love of American roots music with lyrics that reached deeply into the things that he cared about most passionately. "I don't have time for bitterness or regret," he says, "unless it's followed by redemption and hope."
Some of the characters seek redemption through love (Broken Wings), family (Rise Up) and work (I Should Have Been A Sailor). Some of his stories, set in the historical past (O Captain! My Captain!, Star of David, Trail of Tears), are not so much political or protest songs as they are about an individual's struggle "to not get his or her soul crushed by the violence and injustice around them." Some are rough journeys that turn into spiritual quests (Heavenly Rain, Deep Ocean Blues), and some take a turn towards whimsy and humor (She Dances, The Median Song).
Roots music became an important part of Cornell's life at 18, when, at St. Lawrence University in upstate New York, he started playing bluegrass, old timey, country and the blues on the guitar, music that he loved because "it raised the hair on the back of my neck." Years later when he started writing his own songs, he found, like many others before him, that the various "folk" traditions could handle the weight of the stories he wanted to tell. "You can be raw in a folk song," he says, "and poetic." A singer in school choruses during his childhood (most of it spent in rural and suburban New York State, except for a wondrous three-year period in Paris), he discovered the magic of vocal harmony, and it plays a big role in The Cornell Brothers' sound.
Since The Cornell Brothers were formed--they are brothers in music, not in fact--the lineup has fluctuated, but the current line-up has gelled over the past year of touring in New England, upstate New York, Long Island and New York City. Adam Moss, an Illinois native, was Cornell's fiddle teacher at Jalopy Theatre & School of Music three years ago; he contributes virtuosic solos and vocal harmonies and also produced the band's second album, Come On Home, scheduled for release in 2016. Moss also plays with The Defibulators, Anna Egge and his twin brother David Moss, and his own band, Moishe's Circus.
Cornell met bassist Chris Nattrass at Miles of Music Camp in NH. Nattrass grew up in Manchester, England, and brings great energy and musicianship to live performances. He also plays with another Brooklyn group, The Dirty Waltz Project.
Amanda Homi is the fourth "brother", an accomplished singer in many genres who has recorded with Jackson Browne, Mavis Staples and Ray Lamontagne, among others, and is also a talented songwriter, performing her own material from Brooklyn to Europe, Africa and India. The London-born artist also plays a raft of percussion instruments during shows, including a cajon with a bass drum kick and a washboard tie. The stunning quality of her voice and her harmonies help give the band its distinctive sound.
Come On Home was recorded at Brooklyn Recording, Brooklyn, NY, March 2016. Produced by Adam Moss. Engineered and mixed by Justin Guip. Mixing and additional recording at Guip Studio.
Musicians:
Greg Cornell: lead vocals, acoustic guitar, 5-string tenor guitar
Adam Moss: fiddle, harmony vocals
Amanda Homi: harmony vocals
Dave Speranza: standup bass
Jason Nazary: drums
Will Graefe: lead electric and acoustic guitars
David Moss: cello
Phillip Sterk: pedal steel
Sam Reider: piano
Grant Gordy: lead acoustic guitar
Marco Benevento: organ
Alec Spiegelman: recorders
Zack Bruce: mandolin

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