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October 24, 2014 at 5:32 AM

Bros. Landreth: Southern country roots from Manitoba, Canada | Concert prevew

Listen to The Bros. Landreth’s debut album “Let It Lie” for a minute and you start to pick up tendrils of their influences: a little Bonnie Raitt slide guitar here, a healthy dose of the Allman Brothers there and the blues always hiding just at the periphery.

Given all that, it would be fair to expect Joey and David Landreth to hail from the American South, but in fact these lifelong musicians are from chilly Winnipeg, Manitoba. While both brothers have served as sidemen for other touring acts, now, thanks to some serious industry buzz, they’re about to embark on their first American tour as headliners and will stop at the Tractor Tavern on Wednesday, Oct. 29.

The band’s killer set at the Americana Music Association festival in Nashville last month netted glowing reviews and also caught the attention of Dwight Yoakam, who urged Raitt to check out the band at the Winnipeg Folk Festival. Raitt praised the Landreths’ “originality and soul,” while Rolling Stone said they play “the best blues from the North Country.”

“Our sound is the amalgamation of all the music we’ve been fortunate to make over the years,” said older brother Joey, ticking off acts like Boz Scaggs and Little Feat as formative bands introduced to them by their parents.

The title track to The Bros. Landreth’s debut album, out Jan. 27, 2015, on Slate Creek Records, is a perfect example of an understated style that helps separate them from the pack. It’s a quiet, pretty song that takes advantage of some subtle acoustic guitar work by Joey and effective harmonies from the two brothers.

Music was never far from the Landreth brothers’ lives. Their father, Wally, was a working musician and Joey said they grew up hunkered under barroom tables watching their dad play bass guitar.

It makes sense, then, that the Landreths grew up to be professional musicians. But what’s surprising is that they never really intended their collaboration to become anything more than a reprieve from the road and a chance to see each other more.

“I was coming off a particularly hard tour with a lot of drama,” Landreth said. “I called (David) up and said, ‘Hey man, I’m burned out. I miss you. Why don’t we get together and write some songs? Maybe we can put together a little act that we can do between tours.’”

It was never supposed to be their main gig, but the brothers are not complaining. And they aren’t buckling under pressure to come up with a radio-friendly roots rocker, either.

“We’ve got a stack of more pop country stuff … (but) this isn’t who we are,” Landreth said. “The whole idea is to just keep it as true to the original idea as possible: two brothers wanting to play music together. If we achieve some success along the way, fantastic.”

The Bros. Landreth, Frazey Ford

8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, at the Tractor Tavern, 5213 Ballard Ave. N.W., Seattle; $15 (206-789-3599 or tractortavern.com).

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