Latest review of my Hobart band

The Hobart Brothers & Lil’ Sis Hobart, At Least We Have Each Other. What would it be like if three good friends, each with widely varying backgrounds, got together in someone’s backyard and worked out a whole night’s worth of songs, the kind of music that gets played when the fun factor is turned all the way up? And if those friends were Jon Dee Graham, Susan Cowsill, and Freedy Johnston, well, the possibilities seem fairly endless. That’s exactly what happened here, and the resulting group, fondly named the Hobart Brothers and Lil’ Sis Hobart, sound like it was Smile City all night long. Sometimes the real world just needs to be stuffed in a cup and put on a back shelf.

Graham is an Austin icon with a voice that makes sandpaper sound like silk, and over the course of being in bands like the Skunks and the True Believers along with a solo career second to none, he’s become a musical treasure in a city full of jewels. Susan Cowsill was a family member of the Cowsills, had actual hits back then and lived to tell about it. As a founder of the Continental Drifters she’s been able to explore American music with an eye for openness and an ear for intrigue. Freedy Johnston made his first splash in 1990 and even got named “Songwriter of the Year” by Rolling Stone in 1994. Not a bad bunch by any stretch.

For At Least We Have Each Other, the three named themselves after the dishwashing machine found in restaurants everywhere and set about on a trail of discovery. The place they’ve landed is somewhere we’ve all lived, often loved, and sometimes even long to go back to. The group writes about life on the other side of the tracks, full of hardship but also happiness and the ability to let love call the shots. Also included is a free download of the entire demo session for the album, showing how songs first start. The Brothers and Lil’ Sis have discovered their own splash of freedom, and it looks like they’re going to stay awhile.

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One Response to Latest review of my Hobart band
  1. joe mika
    July 5, 2012 | 9:35 am

    Gritty, outstanding performance with words that will steer the memory part of your brain back in time and re-visit the people, places and life you thought you left behind.
    Joe Mika
    Kansas City

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