The Burrito Brothers

“The idea’ll keep going. It’s not like it’s dead. Whether I do it or anybody else does, it’s got to keep going.” Gram Parsons, 1972

THE BURRITO BROTHERS are “Still Going Strong”, celebrating an illustrious past while serving up fresh contributions for a bright future. Though there have been changes, as with every band that lasts over the years, The Burrito Brothers are all long-term “Cosmic American Music” veterans who’ve climbed the branches of the “many tall pines” first planted in 1968.

These guys are world-class musicians and songwriters who’ve shared the stage or recorded with legends including Bobby Bare, Ringo Starr, Vince Gill, Chris Hillman, Willie Nelson, Roger Miller, Vern Gosdin, Kitty Wells and Johnnie Wright, Roy Acuff, George Jones, Waylon Jennings, Keith Stegall, Travis Tritt, Rick Derringer, Steve Young, the Jordanaires, Johnny Russell, Buck Owens, William Lee Golden, Emmylou Harris, The Amazing Rhythm Aces, Billy Joe Shaver, Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, “Papa” John Phillips, Tony Joe White, Charlie Louvin, Marty Stuart, Dr. Hook, The Rascals… you get the idea. Carrying on the tradition of classic late-1960s and early ’70s “Hippie Country-Rock” music, expanding its boundaries, always exploring new horizons.

CHRIS P JAMES – vocals, keyboards, guitar, harmonica – first played with the Flying Burrito Brothers in 1986 at Argyle Bell’s “Nashville Tribute to Gram Parsons & Clarence White”. Chris returned numerous times over the years and became a permanent fixture in 2010.

TONY PAOLETTA – pedal steel guitar, dobro – came to Nashville after playing the Austin scene in the ‘80s, superbly fills the all-important pedal steel chair in The Burrito Brothers. He was a close friend to Sneaky Pete Kleinow. They shared ideas while Tony aided Sneaky in his last few years. For more than a decade, he was the Burritos’ go-to guy when Pete couldn’t make a gig.

JOHN STURDIVANT JR. – drums, vocals, guitars, effects – is a member of a royal family. His grandmother the “Queen of Country Music” and Hall of Fame member Kitty Wells and grandfather Johnnie Wright were pioneers of the Nashville music scene. He learned both recording and performing from them beginning in earliest childhood. John’s dad was also an industry leader working at Record World, Music City News, and serving on the NARAS board.

BOB HATTER – electric & acoustic guitars, vocals – got to Nashville by way of playing bass for Leroy Van Dyke. Bob eventually realized his dreams and started doing session work as a bonafide guitar player and touring on the road.

LARRY MARRS – bass, guitar, vocals – Son of Legendary steel guitar player and builder, Duane Marrs. You’ve heard Larry’s talents on many hit recordings out of Nashville as bass player and vocalist. Known to many as the “King of the Hillbilly bass”. “”

The Burrito Brothers’ are creative, cosmically tuned-in musicians who look through unusual windows with a legendary legacy that is 100% alive and kickin’. Their latest endeavor, “Still Going Strong”, bridges from past to future, paying homage to the roots while taking an explorational musical journey. Certainly, it brings to the listener an audible vacation to a new place while having a sense of home for those familiar with the group.

The opening track,replica watches “Between Your Hands and Mine” (penned by Gram Parsons and Chris James), is a testament to the bridge and the group’s longevity. All the tracks are brand new songs composed by Burritos, past and present, with the exception of the Johnnie and Jack classic, “Just When I Needed You”.

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