On one hand, The Bros. Landreth seem like an overnight success story in their home country of Canada, having won a Juno Award for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year for debut CD “Let It Lie.”
But brothers Joey and David Landreth – whose band kicks off its Runaway Train tour at Evening Muse Thursday – have been at it for longer than you’d think.
“I’ve been on the road since I was 15,” says Joey Landreth, now 28. “The rest of our careers were spent backing other people. My brother and I were working as tour managers and touring musicians. My brother and I have always been close, but we didn’t get much time to spend together. We were always working for other people.”
The Winnipeg-raised Bros. Landreth decided to start playing music together a little less than three years ago, during their time off, as a way to reconnect. Neither expected it to become their full-time gig.
That wave crested with the Juno Award (which is like a Grammy to Canadian musicians). Having spread its blend of country folk-rock, blues and Southern rock at home, the band is now – much to its surprise – doing the same in the U.S.
Maybe it’s the band’s handling of traditionally American music that’s receiving a warm reception this side of the border. Landreth’s parents boasted an eclectic record collection and their father, who sings on “Let it Lie,” played professionally when they were young.
Landreth also credits the local music scene for fostering his and his brother’s eclectic influences.
“Winnipeg is a very versatile music scene in which everybody sort of mingles,” he says. “It’s a mosaic of styles.”
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The Bros. Landreth
WHEN: 10:30 p.m. Thursday.
WHERE: Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St.
DETAILS: 704-376-3737; www.eveningmuse.com.