Praise for THE HELL IN YOUR MIND

The Georgia Straight
Review & video interview
"Dark and stirring"
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Review Date:
2015

The Manitoban
Review:
4/5
"a beautifully twisted symphony – the music is excitingly unnatural" "alternative country music at its best"
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Review Date:
2015



Americanrootsuk.
Review:
Best of 2015
"astounding new album...a natural development that could well drag other bands along in their wake, although none will be as unique or have the originality of this extraordinary band."
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Review Date:
2015


Beatroute BC
Review:
"chock full of a shimmering sexuality...their stock in trade is conjuring up the sonic representation of the aftermath of a gunfight."
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Review Date:
2015

Music Letter IT
Review:
"the same intimacy and fervor as Johnny Cash""extraordinary and original"
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Review Date:
2015

Heaven Magazine NL
Review:

"incomprehensible that The Sumner Brothers are ignored"" beautiful, unadorned roots rock"
Review Date:
2015


Rootstime
Review:
"Striking"
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Review Date:
2015

Flyingshoesreview.eu
Review:
"There is more going on here in 35 minutes or so than most albums you’re likely to encounter this year; electric, acoustic, ferocious, gentle, impassioned and utterly sincere, this is a fascinating new step for the strand of music we once knew as country noir."
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Review Date
2015

Folkradiouk
Review:
"Calling to mind fellow Canadian Neil Young...Hell, yes."
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Review Date:
2015
 






Praise for I'LL BE THERE TOMORROW

The Georgia Straight
Review:
"best of Vancouver 2012", "a triumph"
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Review Date:
2012

Hearya.com
Review:
"smacks you right across the face as if to say, “Hey dumbass, wake up." 
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Review Date:
2012

Americanrootsuk.com
Review:
"in a class of its' own" "five stars" I wouldn't be at all surprised if this 5 star album ends up in my top 20 all time"
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Review Date:
2012

Beatroute B.C.
Review:
"lamenting sincerity", "striking appeal", "lovely and reassuring"

Vancouver Music Review
Review:
"a classic Canadian album "
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Review Date:
2012

Slowcoustic.com
Review:
"crazy good"
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Review Date
2012

Youcrazydreamers.com
Review:
"one of my favorite bands, period", "incredible"
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Review Date:
2012

No Depression
Review:
"this music is exactly what I need some days to feed my soul."
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Review Date:
2012

Songsillinois.com
Review:
"one of the preeminent americana acts in the country"
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Review Date:
2012

Earbudsandticketstubs.com
Review:
"elegant simplicity, carved from a vast mosaic of sounds that make up the American landscape"
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Review Date
2012

The Province
Review:
"a standout", "Country meets folk (Townes Van Zandt-style) meets rock"
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Review Date:
2012

Edmonton Sun
Review:
"some of the finest alt-country jams north of the 49th parallel."
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Review Date:
2012

Tome to the Weather Machine
Review:
"It can invoke that kind of world-crushing heaviness while leaving a sliver of light at the end of the tunnel"
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Review Date:
2012

Good Noise Radio.blogspot
Review:
"definitely a must"
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Review Date:
2012

Blues Underground Network
Review:
"an immense amount of talent, Lyrically, Vocally, and Musically" "five stars"
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Review Date:
2012

Mouser
Review:
"honest and authentic"
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Review Date:
2012

The Ubyssey
Review:
"like Willie Nelson and Woodie Guthrie were paired up to play for a group of devoted Strange Boys fans", "your summers go-to album"
Review Date:
2012

New Music Michael
Review:
"big and tumultuous, but with a mature, almost pop sensibility"
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Review Date:
2012

Bad Tempered Zombie
Review
"gritty and soulful alt-country that will rip out your heart and perhaps knock out a few teeth"
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Review Date:
2012

Exystence
Review:
"fantastic story tellers"
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Review Date:
2012

New Canadian Music Tip Sheet
Review:
"The duo’s no b.s. songwriting approach is earnest and visual"
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Review Date:
2012

Johnny's Garden
Review:
"Breathtaking? Much more than that"
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Review Date:
2012

Rex Manning Day
Review:
"it’s easy to see why The Sumner Brothers have been compared to the likes of Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, and even the almighty Man in Black (AKA Johnny Cash)"
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Review Date:
2012

Noah Mintz Mastering
Quote:
"Amazing Album"
2012

Music Letter IT
Review:
"straight to the heart"
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Review Date:
2012

Soundvat
Review:
"gritty and filled to the brim with blues"
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Review Date:
2012

Ron's Alt-Country
Review:
"very beautiful"
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Review Date:
2012

Indecent Exposure
Review:
"my suspicions of a great album were confirmed"
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Review Date:
2012



Praise for The Sumner Brothers
Beatroute Magazine
Review:
“rootsy, authentic, humble and warm”.
Review Date:
2011

Slowcoustic.com
Review:
Favourite Canadian albums of 2010
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Review Date:
2011

Ninebullets.net
Review:
Favourite Albums of 2011
The material for the Garage series is culled from various archives of recorded material, drunk jams, house show performances, impromptu collaborations and whatnot.
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Review Date:
2011

Americanrootsuk.com
Review:
4.5****
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Review Date:

2011

JH Snowboarder Magazine
Review:
If there is any chance in hell to save Country Music and change people’s minds, I believe these guys are our saviors.
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Review Date:
2010

Hearya.com
Review:
I like The Sumner Brothers for many of the same reasons I love artists like Justin Townes Earle, The Deep Dark Woods, and Joe Pug...
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Review Date:
2010

Lonestar Magazine
Review:
This ain’t no novel, by God, it’s non-fiction. Real, bleeding, pissing, moaning, crying, pleading, questioning, bone breaking, eye-gouging, ear-biting, down in the dirt fighting for your life kind of music...
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Review Date:
2009

Americanaroots.com
Review:
The Sumner Brothers - raw, unrefined, primitive, unpolished and gritty...
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Review Date:
2009

Skopemag.com
Review:
The new self-titled album from The Sumner Brothers has turned Nashville pop on its ear and offers a snapshot of both what country once was and can still be.
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Review Date:
2009

Round The Dial
Review:
Produced (delicately and with obvious respect for the artists’ own inimitable musical identities) by Derek Difilippo and recorded at “Ben Brown’s Cabin” on Galliano Island in B.C...
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Review Date:
2009

Songs Illinois
Review:
The Sumner Brothers effortlessly combine all the disparate forms of roots music to create a sound that elevates them to the top of the heap (The Felice Brothers, Chatham County Line and The Avett Brothers are all pushing and struggling not to fall off that same heap).
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Review Date:
2009

The Province
Review:
Top 10 Albums of 2008
The sepia tone of the album graphic recalls another time...
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Review Date:
2008

Herohill.com
Review:
Top 20 Canadian records of 2008
The Sumner Brothers (Brian and Bob) do a remarkable job of bridging the gap between past and present...
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Review Date:
2008

Samantha Parton - The Be Good Tanyas
Quote:
The Sumner Brothers are, in my opinion, the most talented band Vancouver (if not Canada) has seen in a long time...they are true artists - great singers, brilliant song-writers, with the musical chops to boot. I was so happy to come across them at a time when I had become more than a little disillusioned with what was passing for good roots music around Vancouver. Their music reinspired me and reinvigorated my interest in the kind of music they play. Their sound is so pure, so honest, and so GOOD. Seeing them live is a revelation; listening to their recordings is a profound experience. What they have to offer is more than entertainment, it's medicine.
Sam Parton
Quote Date
2008

24 hrs. News
Review:
Their music is about light, though it is not afraid to explore the dark. Their music is about hope, but it does not ignore despair. It’s a mournful Johnny Cash, a repentant Willie Nelson, a reflective Stompin Tom. It’s the power of boozy sincerity and hopped-up honesty, and that, brothers and sisters, I can get behind.
Review Date:
2008

Songs Illinois
Review:
Their songs seem to explore the themes and topics that are both nearest and dearest to our own hearts but also the ones we speak about the least. Riyl Richard Buckner, Steve Earl, and Richmond Fontaine...
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Review Date: 
2006