We have something special for you. The music of “Brothers” will stream for the very first time this July 4th at 11 am. Ron, John & Lee are back with a new name and a new single SIPPIN GLASS; keeping the family together; rockin’ stronger than ever. Why the name change? “It felt like the right time, our original name “Rockin Horse” was never really planned, we needed something back in the 90’s for our first gig and went with it. With an album on the way, we were inspired to dig a little for something that better describes us; this does.” ~ Lee
Brothers have put together a group of songs that represents their musical journey together since 1992. The band’s debut single from their album Alliance of Friends is a Piedmont blues styled cooker called Sippin’ Glass. So who are the Brothers?
Photo by Maggie Fernandez
They played school dances and house parties while discovering a shared appreciation for bands like; Grand Funk Railroad, Aerosmith, Deep Purple, Def Leppard, Rush, and Steve Miller. John and Lee also discovered their shared interest in songwriting, together they penned the band’s first song “Man From Zubek”. It was a simple, catchy rocker that caught on well with their highschool fans. Lee and John went on to become close friends, often jamming without the other band members, experimenting with new original songs and ways to blend the guitar and bass. This connection became the bedrock for their collaborative musical journey together. Lee and John formed the beginnings Rockin Horse in 1990 with drummer Bobby Ralston and guitar player/harmony singer Stephen Wood.
In 1991 Ron Thornburgh was asked to set in for a night of drumming and as they say “It was magic”. “Lee remembers his first impression of the new guy being “comfortable like my favorite guitar”. “It was like he had always been our drummer, He was fun, good, and fell right into the same funky rhythm and blues groove that we liked”. The guys went straight to writing original songs together, focusing on becoming shepherds of the “Rock-N-Roll Soul” sound with songs entitled Ola May Brown, For the Sake of a Song, and Step Long. Lee remembers when Steve broke the news about leaving. “The soulful harmony that Steve brought to our music was sorely missed when he left in 1992.
We adjusted our writing to include less harmony, a change I was never really happy about but we still had a blast together and kept gigging”. Rockin Horse played as a trio along the East Coast in bars, occasionally scoring larger shows like Norfolk Harborfest and as a regular opening act for Sea of Souls. Lee says: “Our favorite gigs were always relaxed local spots like The Rebel in Washington NC. This place is legendary, It’s so fun we’d play for free.” The band put their music on hold in 1994 to pursue individual careers and spend time with their families. In late 2000 they reformed under the name Myers Corner with additional musicians; guitar player/singer Joe Mizal and Percussionist Little John, for a brief but fulfilling two years of great songwriting.
They played just two live performances featuring violinist Charlie Austin and guitarist Keith Lynch’s soloing talents. In 2002 John moved his family back to Western Massachusetts to further a career in sales and the band was once more on vacation.
In 2017 there was a spark. A serendipitous career move by John brought him and his family back to Virginia. The three gathered in Lee’s home gym for an informal jam session. Lee ~ “We played and laughed until our backs and guts were sore, more fun than I could have ever imagined” Lee wrote Sippin Glass, the first of three songs for the band in January of 2018 to be featured on their first ever official release this July 4th 2019.
Lee ~ “As a young band we were constantly searching for truth in our music, a few years pass and it’s so easy. The Brothers sound is the soulful R&B from my rural North Carolina roots, John’s thick driving rock influences from the cities of New York and Boston, Ron’s blues, jazz shuffle beats influenced by his Father’s drumming style, and vocal harmony, oh that sweet harmony . Our music is the truth and happens naturally”.
Vocals /Guitars: Lee Brinn
Vocals /Bass: John Houlihan
Percussion: Ron Thornburg