Gunther Brown is the Portland-based band that will make you fall back in love with Americana music. If you’re already a fan of the genre but unfamiliar with this act, you can thank me later, or better yet, head to One Longfellow Square on Saturday night for the “Heartache & Roses” album release show. You can pick up a copy of it there, at Bull Moose locations and on digital and streaming platforms.
Gunther Brown is Pete Dubuc on lead vocals and guitar, drummer Derek Mills, lead guitarist Mark McDonough, Joe Bloom Anderson on vocals, harmonica, keys and guitar, Greg Klein on vocals, guitar and mandolin, and Drew Wyman on bass. “Heartache & Roses” is the band’s third album, and the opening track “New Man” is alt-country gold with well-placed harmonica lines and pedal steel played by guest musician Bill Waldron, who also plays on “Slow Me Down” and the title track. “The Crossing” does slow things down, as Dubuc sings of demons of the past and dreams about outer space. I’d like nothing more than to smuggle this band into the Newport Folk Festival this summer and get it onto one of those storied stages. They’d fit right in and crush it.
– Aimsel Ponti