Brothers Story – We were busy creating 23 years of experiences for others to enjoy!
The foundation for Brothers was laid on New Year’s Eve 1979 in Westfield Massachusetts. Lee had just moved to New England and was invited to audition for a group being formed by high school friend Andy Leblanc. Later that week, Lee met with drummer Andy and bass player John Houlihan for a short introduction jam. Lee remembers being shocked that he actually got the gig and being scared to death about it. “These guys were an actual band, at 15 this was a very big deal” Later that year guitarist Jeff Gilmer joined the group and Endover was born. They played school dances and house parties while discovering a shared appreciation for bands like; Grand Funk Railroad, Aerosmith, Deep Purple, Def Leppard, Rush, and Steve Miller. John and Lee also discovered their interest in songwriting, together they penned the band’s first song “Man From Zubek”. It was a simple, catchy rocker that caught on well with their high school fans. Lee and John became close friends, often jamming without the other band members, experimenting with original songs and ways to blend the guitar and bass. This connection became the bedrock for their collaborative musical journey together.
Lee and John formed the beginnings of Rockin’ Horse in 1990 with drummer Bobby Ralston and Stephen Wood. In 1991 Ron Thornburg sat in on drums for a night and you could say it was magic. Lee remembers his first impression of the new guy being “Comfortable like my favorite guitar, like he had always been our drummer. He was fun, good, and fell right into the same funky rhythm and blues groove that we liked.” The guys went straight to writing, focusing on becoming shepherds of the “Rock and Roll Soul” sound with songs entitled Ola May Brown, For the Sake of a Song, and Step Long. Lee remembers when Steve broke the news about leaving. “The soulful harmony that Steve brought to our music was sorely missed when he left in 1992. We adjusted our writing to include less harmony, a change I was never really happy about but we still had a blast together and kept gigging.” Rockin’ Horse played as a trio along the East Coast in bars, occasionally scoring larger shows like Norfolk Harborfest and as a regular opening act for the Hampton Roads based Sea of Souls, a band described by Billboard Magazine as “Unlike a lot of other new bands out, these guys don’t sound like anybody else.” Message Andrew McNeely to purchase a copy of their 1997 CD Titanic, featuring “Heroine.”
Lee~ “Andrew McNeely and his band Sea of Souls showed us how powerful quality original music could be, it’s what musicians and listeners crave most. As their opening act we started becoming a real band, we’re so grateful for their influence.”
Rockin’ Horse put their music on hold in 1994 to pursue individual careers and raise families. In late 2000 they reformed under the name Myers Corner with additional musicians; guitar player/singer Joe Mizal and Percussionist John, for a brief but fulfilling two years of fun songwriting. They played just two live performances featuring violinist Charlie Austin and guitarist Keith Lynch’s soloing talents. In 2002 John moved his family back to Western Massachusetts to further a career in sales and the band was once more on hiatus.
In 2017 there was a spark. A serendipitous career move by John brought him and his family back to Virginia. John, Ron, and Lee gathered in Lee’s home gym for an informal jam session after a 23 break as the original trio, Rockin’ Horse. “We played and laughed until our backs and guts were sore, more fun than I could have ever imagined.”
Lee wrote SIPPIN GLASS, the first of three songs for the band in January of 2018. The band tracked and produced SIPPIN’ GLASS, the band’s album title track in Lee’s home studio and released it on on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Play, and Pandora, July 4th 2019 as their first ever official album release. Paul Shugrue debut SIPPIN’ GLASS on WHRO’s Out Of The Box July 3rd the night before it’s Spotify release. To learn more please visit www.fusionbuzzonline.com
Lee: “I always felt like we had unfinished business because we never recorded an album, it was a thorn for me, so I placed that at the top of my priority list for our new adventure together. We’re stoked to be making music together again and finally completing our first album as BROTHERS. The new name seemed appropriate, call it a badge for our 42 years of music together lol! Southsoul Rock, it’s the truth and happens when we play together”
Vocals /Guitars: Lee Brinn
Vocals /Bass: John Houlihan
Drums: Ron Thornburg
Lee is a Hampton Roads musician who began his musical journey playing guitar at age 12 in his hometown of Washington NC.
Bass Guitar/Back Vocal
John Houlihan, a self-taught bassist and guitarist began teaching himself guitar around the age of 14 in Westfield Massachusetts.
Ron Thornburg began playing drums as a teen in Chesapeake VA. His influences: Neil Peart, John Bonham, Keith Moon, Steward Copeland, his Dad.
BROTHERS Live Show!
If we’ve learned one thing from our long history as a band, it’s that feeling good and being entertained matters most at a live show. We want everyone at our shows to feel the same as us, it makes it fun for everyone!
BROTHERS Live Show!
If we’ve learned one thing from our long history as a band, it’s that making folks feel happy and keeping them entertained matters! Let’s have some fun!