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The Brothers Comatose
Ben Morrison, Alex Morrison, Ryan Avellone, Gio Benedetti, Philip Brezina
Folksy Americana and bluegrass from San Francisco. Releases include Respect The Van (2012).
The Brothers Comatose formed in the Morrison Living Room, birthed from the sonic gumbo of the famous Morrison Music Parties. The band consists of Ben and Alex Morrison – hairy brothers, both singing, with Ben on guitar, and Alex on banjo, Gio Benedetti on bass and vocals, Ryan Avellone on mandolin and Philip Brezina on fiddle.
Their shows exude a foot-stomping, shout-along, drink-along ease that was once a staple in every music playing, front-stoop-possessing home in the land. Their shows can’t help but remind folk that music is collective, is for dancing, is for sharing, and for whatever else you might do with friends and family in your own living room.
In less than three years the mighty quintet has made their way from the street corners and dive bars of their native San Francisco to performances at such legendary places as the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, Strawberry Music Festival. They have also toured the U.S to the Eastern banks of the Mississippi, and shared stages with such acts as the Carolina Chocolate Drops, The Devil Makes Three, Justin Townes Earl, Trampled by Turtles, Greensky Bluegrass, John Doe and the Sadies and others.
Their current interests include “banging away on stringed instruments, singing, beer, camping, hiking, drinking coffee, listening to records, and road trips.” It’s an eclectic mindset which is reflected by their similarly diverse set of influences – acts such as The Kinks, Rolling Stones, Hunter S. Thompson, Crosby Stills and Nash, Salvador Dali, Chunk circa 1985 in The Goonies, Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Earl Scruggs and the Violent Femmes.