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Canada's The Spinney Brothers Sign with U.S. Label

Donald Teplyske  |  December 6, 2011

I try not to simply regurgitate the (dozens) of press releases I am sent each week, but when this one popped into my box this AM, I decided to make an exception.

The Spinney Brothers have signed to Virginia's Mountain Fever Records. Having released several albums on their own, the brothers have decided to take things to the next level and sign with the label. While I'm not sure any Canadian band should try to label themselves as "Canada's International Bluegrass Band" when there are a few making inroads down south, I won't argue with the populist appeal of The Spinney Brothers.

The presser reads:

'Mountain Fever Records is proud to announce they have signed The Spinney Brothers, Canada's International Bluegrass band to their label and will release their debut CD, "Memories" spring 2012.

From the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia, Canada, brothers Allan Spinney on guitar and vocals and Rick Spinney on banjo and vocals debuted their band in 1992, showcasing a tight brother duet vocal style that was immediately recognized for its energetic and distinctive sound. Since that time, the band has released 8 CDs independantly and are recipients of many Eastern Canadian Bluegrass Awards including 3-time Vocal Group of the Year. In 2010, The Spinney Brothers were inducted into the Nova Scotia Country Music Hall of Fame. Joined by Gary Dalrymple on mandolin and Darryl Hebb on bass, The Spinney Brothers have performed professionally all over Canada and in the United States from California to Maine making them Canada's International Bluegrass Band.

"After a friend suggested I check out The Spinney Brothers, I looked them up on online and began keeping an eye on their progress as a band", states Mountain Fever Records executive Mark Hodges. "I then made an appointment to meet them and listen to their after-hours showcase at IBMA's World of Bluegrass in Nashville. After hearing their music and talking to them, signing them to Mountain Fever Records was a no-brainer for us. They offer great traditional bluegrass with tight family harmony and the icing on the cake is their dedication to the music. These are some of the hardest working guys we've met yet."

The Spinney Brothers are currently in the studio working on "Memories," their debut CD for Mountain Fever Records due for release in Spring 2012. The project, produced by Ron Stewart, will include music from notable songwriters such as Marshall Warwick, Carl Jackson, David Cooper, and Dave Lindsey as well as original music from Rick Spinney.'

It is good to know that something good came out of the recent World of Bluegrass event in Nashville, beyond the squabbling and in-fighting that took over the discussion boards for several weeks. Good luck to The Spinney Brothers as they embark on this next phase of their bluegrass journey.

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