Gritty 2 piece blues rock with a vicious dance streak.
The Dirt Bros are a rock duo formed in the midwest in 2007. The group consists of Donny Moon (Guitar,Vocals) and Logan Grahn (Drums). Originally the band formed after a fateful encounter where they met inside a sand storage shelter dodging a rain storm while train hopping in Montana. Both steeped in old time music, they pulled out a guitar and passed the night away around a fire and a bottle of Black Velvet.
Donny’s musical roots dig deeply into early pre-blues fife and drum traditions like Othar Turner and Mississppi Hill Country guitarists Fred McDowell and R.L.Burnside. At Donny’s farm in the Driftless region of remote rural Wisconsin, they got together with the intent of forming a band and played for 4 hours and wrote 6 of the band’s staple of hard driving, lighthearted rhythmic blues they are known for. Employing only some old Sears and Roebuck guitars, a stack of cobbled antique radios converted to amplifiers and a huge 1920’s circus bass drum with a
tambourine stuck to the top of it, they founded their raw whimsical sound.
Originally intending the music to be light entertainment for local picnics and pig roasts, they soon became local heroes for their non-serious, head-banging, booty shaking party music.
Previously Donny had experience in Minneapolis band The Hang Ups who had commercial success and recorded an album with Mitch Easter and Don Dixon, producers of REM’s first three albums. He had also put out a rock/pop album of his own band The Waves, called ‘Flame a Little Brighter’ on Grimsey Records with Andrea Troolin, manager of Andrew Bird.
After recording a rough self titled album for The Dirt Bros, contact was made with Fat Possum records and a deal was in place for over a year with Black Keys’ attorney Elizabeth Gregory helping with contract negotiations. Talks finally stalled after The Black Keys were simultaneously negotiating their own deal with the same label in which they threatened and then finally bounced to a major label.
Currently the Dirt Bros have moved to Madison, WI, and new drummer Logan Grahn (of The Earthlings) has added a new rhythmic spin by playing a full kit. A first studio album is slated for Fall 2016. For checking out, they have various YouTube videos and a self titled demo CD which can be found at their shows consisting of lo-fi self recorded barn tracks which in the cult circles of those who love them in Brooklyn, Vermont, rural Wisconsin and New Orleans have become classics.