Songs and Stories #113: The Brothers Comatose

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There’s just enough time to get in one more podcast for 2011, so we might as well learn about my “latest new favorite” band. The Brothers Comatose are a bluegrass outfit out of San Francisco, CA. And while they’re all accomplished musicians, they’re one of the most FUN bands I’ve seen in a long time.

The two-year-old quintet is made up of brothers Ben (guitar, vocals) and Alex Morrison (banjo, vocals) Gio Benedetti (standup bass, vocals), Ryan Avellone, (mandolin), and Philip Brezina (fiddle). They formed out of music parties in the Morrison’s living room. And in just these two short years, they’ve quickly moved from playing “dive bars and street corners” in their native San Francisco to main stage sets at The Strawberry Music Festival, High Sierra, and Hardly Strictly Bluegrass.

“Trippin’ On Down the Mountain”

This is one of those podcasts that took awhile to line up. Ben and I literally traded emails for about a year and a half as we tried to line up a time to chat. Last fall, we were both at the American River Music Festival. The Brothers played a late night dance party in the lodge at our camp and followed it with a main stage set on Sunday afternoon.

In this episode, you’ll hear a few audience comments about the Saturday set, a couple of clips from the Brothers’ debut release, “Songs from the Stoop,” and a semi-impromptu interview with Ben and Alex (along with a parking lot cameo from Santa Cruz songwriter Keith Greeninger.) The Brothers Comatose are currently working on their second record and are planning a spring release. Learn more at

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