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Brother Sun



Brother Sun: Pat Wictor, Joe Jencks & Greg Greenway

Brother Sun’s highly anticipated third album Weights & Wings has impressively debuted at #1 on the Folk DJ Chart and #3 on the Sirius XM, The Village Chart. Weights & Wings (Released April 1, 2016 on Brother Sun Music) is the band’s third studio album follows the band’s sophomore release and #1 debut Album Some Part of the Truth (2013) that also garnered Album and Song of the Year titles in 2013. The trio, which features Greg Greenway, Pat Wictor and Joe Jencks, fuses what WFMT Chicago DJ Rich Warren describes as “…voices of primary colors, creating a white light illuminating the heart and the darker corners of our world. Widely diverse songs, all originals with the exception of one well-chosen Phil Ochs cover, keep the album engrossing and entertaining from first to last track.”

In addition to #1 Album, the Band has 5 songs from the album debuting on the chart in the top 25: Mary Don’t You Weep and Moan (Joe Jencks) debuted at #1; When I’m Gone (Phil Ochs cover) at # 2; Mighty Long Way (Greg Greenway) and Where Are You Moses (Joe Jencks) tied for # 11; and Keep On Going (Pat Wictor) at # 24.

The new album includes 13 songs that represent the evolution the group and its members have undergone. This is Brother Sun’s most emotionally immediate and musically diverse work yet, and it affirms the power of song to accompany each of us from grief and loss into new worlds of possibility, light and promise. The album’s instrumentation, creating textures from introspectively etheral to rocking and gritty, is rounded out by guest musicians Jon Carroll on piano, organ, and accordion, Chico Huff on bass, and Matt Scarano on drums and percussion. The band is currently on tour showcasing songs from the new album and fan favorites.

“Weights and Wings is another step forward for this very special trio in their songwriting, production, and chemistry. Wrap yourself in their rich harmonies and embrace their clear-eyed vision.”

-John Platt, WFUV, New York, NY

“Folk on steroids! Brother Sun melds heart-lifting anthems with the art of harmonic massage. Nimble, strong and soothing all at once!”

-Mary Sue Twohy, The Village Folk Show, Sirius XM

“Brother Sun incorporates a fuller band sound on Weights and Wings, with stirring originals, their trademark three-part harmonies, and a terrific version of Phil Ochs' “When I'm Gone.” When I heard the opening a cappella notes of “Mary Don't You Weep and Moan,” I knew I was in for a soaring ride. And I was.”

-Bob McWilliams, KANU, Lawrence, KS

“At the first invigorating note, you are hooked. Their full voices and soaring harmonies, the interweaving of styles, the intricate arrangements and the poetic lyrics create an amazing recording. Brother Sun does it all, seamlessly going from uplifting folk-gospel to rock and blues, and beautiful introspective songs. "I Won't Look Down” is destined to be an anthem for our time.”

-Laurie DesJardins, KVMR, Nevada City, CA

“Brother Sun's latest recording Weights and Wings is a welcome visit from three friends who come bearing comfort, hope and inspiration in the form of powerful new songs and their trademark exquisite harmony. This new recording puts the emphasis on "harmony" through both their artistic achievement and sharing themes that remind us that we need to find an accordance in these troubled times.”

-Ron Olesko, WFDU, Teaneck, NJ

Tour Dates

May 13th, 2016 - Lakewood, CO - West Denver House Concert

May 14th, 2016 - Ft. Collins, CO - Avogadro's Number

May 15th, 2016 - Carbondale, CO - Steve's Guitars

May 21st, 2016 - Hampshire, IL - Serosun Farms Spring Lilac Festival

May 21st, 2016 - Chicago, IL - Folkstage - Live from WMFT Radio Chicago

May 27th, 2016 - Kerrville, TX - Kerrville Folk Festival

May 28th, 2016 - Kerrville, TX - Kerrville Folk Festival

May 29th, 2016 - Kerrville, TX - Kerrville Folk Festival

June 10th, 2016 - Andover, MA - Crossroads Coffee House

June 11th, 2016- Fair Lawn, NJ - Hurdy Gurdy Folk Club

June 12th, 2016 - Stony Brook, NY - Sunday Street Concert Series

July 8th, 2016 - Orillia, Ontario - Mariposa Folk Festival

July 9th, 2016 - Orillia, Ontario - Mariposa Folk Festival

July 10th, 2016 - Orillia, Ontario - Mariposa Folk Festival

July 14th, 2016 - Charlottesville, VA - Charlotesville House Concert

July 15th, 2016 - Winston-Salem, NC - Fiddle and Bow Society

July 16th, 2016 - Asheville, NC - Isis Restaurant and Music Hall

July 17th, 2016 - July 23rd, 2016 - Cullowhee, NC - SUUSI

Press Contact: Anna Ratliff - 908-247-2711