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Front Deck Boom Box: The Bros. Landreth

11 May 2022 | 4:49 pm | Mallory Arbour

We caught up with brothers Joey and Dave Landreth to find out what songs they’re listening to for this week’s Front Deck Boom Box.

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The Bros. Landreth are an award-winning alt country and folk music band from Canada, who blend North American roots music with harmony-heavy soul. Their most immersive, emotive record of the Landreths' career, Come Morning is out on May 13 and finds brothers Joey and Dave lacing their melody-driven songs with layers of atmospheric synth, organ, and textured guitar.

Formed in 2013 with the release of their debut album Let It Lie, the project was re-released two years later after the brothers signed with Slate Creek Records. The album drew upon the shared soundtrack of their childhood — Bonnie Raitt's blues, Little Feat's funky country-rock, Ry Cooder's eclectic instrumentals, Lyle Lovett's twangy traditionalism — for a sound that saluted the past while planting its flag firmly in the present.

Let It Lie earned them the 2015 Juno Award for ‘Roots & Traditional Album of the Year – Group’, a nomination for ‘International Artist of the Year’ at the 2016 UK Americana Music Awards and received praise from heroes like Bonnie Raitt (who later recorded her own version of the standout track Made Up Mind on her 2022 release, Just Like That…). Their follow up album ’87 was released in 2019.

Ahead of the release of Come Morning on May 13, we caught up with brothers Joey and Dave to find out what songs they’re listening to for this week’s Front Deck Boom Box.

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Joey’s Picks!

1. Arrow Through Me - scary pockets

This is a pretty faithful cover of Paul McCartney/Wings’ song of the same name. Madison Cunningham on vocals and a killer and mixed line up of scary pockets regulars as well as some guests, this tune grooves and kills me with the melody. Also my one-year-old daughter, Joanie, loves it!

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2. Haiku 4 U - Ethan Gruska feat. Lianne La Havas

I love the record that this song comes from as well for all of these reasons, but Lianne La Havas has one of my favourite voices ever, so this song steps into the light. Not that I don’t love Ethan Gruska’s voice! But this some just hits me. The production, the sounds, Ethan’s piano playing… the whole thing. I love it!


3. Georgia - Emily King

Again, I love everything this artist does, but I had to hone in on one song. This is the first song of Emily King’s my wife Anna and I heard. It showed up on a Spotify playlist and we were hooked. We immediately dug into her discography, and it proceeded to define an era of my mid to late 20s. Emily’s voice is a comfort and I love her songwriting. This song showcases both of those things. I also love the chord changes and the key change toward the end of the song!


Dave’s Picks!

1. Hit, Git, Quit, Split - Jon Cleary

Jon Cleary is one of the baddest piano players and singers around – he was in Bonnie Raitt’s band for years. We watched him in Belgium one summer and I left convinced that he and his band were some of the funkiest cats I’d ever heard. This song has been in permanent rotation on my running playlist lately!



2. And It’s Still Alright - Nathaniel Rateliffe

I fell in love with this album right after my son was born and a month before the pandemic hit. Something about it felt like a musical life raft and every time I hear it, I’m reminded that it was the soundtrack to our strange and isolated, but endearingly beautiful first year together.



3. She Waits For Me to Come Back Down - Donovan Woods

I really adore this song. The story is so gorgeous and then at the end, you get this amazing bridge, “I’m a mess and she’s a masterpiece”. To me, the coup de grâce is the last verse where the lyric flips the chorus around and she’s on the street, literally waiting for him to come back down. So satisfying!


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