The Winnipeg Free Press (Jen Zoratti) stated of The Bros. Landreth:
“Hometown boys the Bros. Landreth started off the night with a languid set of mid-tempo blues rockers resplendent with soulful harmonies as golden and warm as the late-evening sun. These guys turned in tight, technically proficient performances, earning a standing ovation from the suppertime crowd. A slot on the Folk Fest main stage is a dream come true for Dave and Joey Landreth, who have been attending the festival since they were kids, volunteering as stagehands for the main stage alongside their father, veteran musician Wally Landreth. “This is quite a different view,” Joey said, surveying the crowd.
The main stage gig is another high in a year full of them for this emerging act; the Bros. Landreth has three 2014 Western Canadian Music Award nominations and the ink is drying on a deal with U.S. imprint Slate Creek Records.”
In my humble opinion, the FP understated the impact of the Landreth appearance at Winnipeg Folk Fest 2014.
Dave and Joey Landreth are friends of my boss, Steve Bell, so I have been privileged to have a birds eye view of their rise to fame. I photographed them at their first album release in September 2013 at the West End Cultural Centre, and was inspired by one of those photos to paint Joey in Runaway Train, the name of a song on their debut album, Let It Lie. The painting of Dave, Starin’ at the Sun was from a photo by Mike Latschislaw.
Paintings of Joey and Dave were the last additions to my showing at the Mennonite Heritage Centre Gallery, which is on display until September 13th.
If you’d like to see the paintings in person, see the showing details here…