Category: Darling Brothers

Santa Barbara Old Time Fiddler’s Convention

The Darling Brothers made their festival debut at the 43rd annual Santa Barbara Old Time Fiddler’s Convention in Goleta. It was an honor to be invited by David Bragger, one of Los Angeles’ (and the country’s) great old time evangelists. David runs the Old Time Tiki Parlour record label which is producing great CD and DVD releases of some of the country’s great old time practitioners. It was a long drive for Tim and I but well worth it, if only for the amazing talent with whom we were fortunate enough to share the stage.

After our set, I entered the banjo competition in the advanced division and was awarded 3rd place for my performance of ‘Pigtown Fling’! The bronze victory was short-lived as I was promptly bitten on the lip by a yellow jacket. The ensuing fat lip  will forever be enshrined in the Goleta hall of greats thanks to my award photo.


Announcing The Darling Brothers

Tim McNalley and I have been gigging together as a duo since he joined the G Burns Jug Band in early 2016.  We finally settled on a name: The Darling Brothers. The name is a nod to a long-defunct bourbon manufacturer that operated in my northern Kentucky hometown in the late 19th century. Here’s our debut collection of songs! Our repertoire is based in the same historical era as the G Burns Jug Band’s, but we’re carving out a different sound based around clawhammer or pre-bluegrass banjo styles. Keep an eye out for us gigging around San Diego!

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