Gunther Brown is a six-piece, roots-rock Americana band from Portland, Maine.
The band’s latest album, Heartache & Roses, was released in February, 2020, with reviews proclaiming “Gunther Brown is the Portland-based band that will make you fall back in love with Americana music. ” and “What happens when a great alt-country band like Gunther Brown adds the frontman (Greg Klein) of another great alt-country band like Dark Hollow Bottling Company? Judging by the brand-new “Heartache & Roses,” .. some damn good things.”
After a European tour in 2017 Gunther Brown took an extended break as the lineup underwent major changes including Klein’s arrival on electric guitar and harmony vocals, Mark McDonough moving from bass to lead guitar duties and the addition of Drew Wyman on bass. Klein and multi-instrumentalist Joe Bloom also brought their songwriting skills to the new album, penning 5 tracks for the release.
Gunther Brown introduced themselves to the world with Good Nights for Daydreams, in 2014. The band’s full-length debut received only great reviews, both in the band’s hometown and internationally.
The Portland Phoenix said, “The guys in Gunther Brown can lay on the biting spite pretty thick, but they also embrace pure emotion. With Gunther Brown’s debut full-length, frontman Pete Dubuc and crew have created the most sorrowful local record since Ray Lamontagne’s Till the Sun Turns Black.” AmericanaUK added, “Gunther Brown’s debut album is forty minutes of resignation and despair set to one of the most mournful soundtracks you’re likely to hear this year or any other. Leader and songwriter Pete Dubuc is a master of despondency.”
In 2016, Gunther Brown released, North Wind, a new 10 song album, on vinyl, CD and digital formats. The album was released in Europe on CRS. Reviews of North Wind heaped praise on the band with statements like, “…one of your great Americana promises for 2016,” and “…North Wind is many things at once: tender, fierce, thought-provoking, powerful and even fun. Could lavish praise on every track…this band is really onto something.”
With a new lineup and a decidedly richer sound, the 2020 version of Gunther Brown is a band hitting its stride.
Gunther Brown is:
- Pete Dubuc – Lead vocals & guitar
- Derek Mills – Drums
- Mark McDonough – Lead guitar
- Joe Bloom Anderson – Vocals, harmonica, keys & guitar
- Greg Klein – Vocals, guitar & mandolin
- Drew Wyman – Bass