Portraits

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
On their debut album, Portraits, Wheeler Brothers, an Austin-based folk-rock quintet consisting of three actual brothers named Wheeler Patrick, drums, percussion; Tyler, bass; and Nolan, vocals, guitar, piano and two friends A.J. Molyneaux, vocals, guitar, banjo, violin; and Danny Matthews, vocals, guitar, melodica, live up to the title by providing a series of story-songs, or, more accurately, character songs, creating a gallery of interesting first-person accounts set to lively musical arrangements. Vocals are passed around among Nolan Wheeler, Molyneaux, and Matthews, all capable singers, and the music often has a country feel without really fitting into the country...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
On their debut album, Portraits, Wheeler Brothers, an Austin-based folk-rock quintet consisting of three actual brothers named Wheeler Patrick, drums, percussion; Tyler, bass; and Nolan, vocals, guitar, piano and two friends A.J. Molyneaux, vocals, guitar, banjo, violin; and Danny Matthews, vocals, guitar, melodica, live up to the title by providing a series of story-songs, or, more accurately, character songs, creating a gallery of interesting first-person accounts set to lively musical arrangements. Vocals are passed around among Nolan Wheeler, Molyneaux, and Matthews, all capable singers, and the music often has a country feel without really fitting into the country category. Whether on the rollicking opener, "Long, Hard Road," the pop shuffle "Portraits" itself, or the spooky closing waltz "Ghost in the Valley," with its banjo and accordion courtesy of engineer/mixer Mark Hallman, the playing is always closely knit, in arrangements full of surprising juxtapositions and tempo shifts. The characters may be reflecting on their lives while stamping license plates in jail "Spent Time" or struggling in the post-Civil War South "Mississippi", but the people are always individual, their circumstances specific and interesting. All of this makes Portraits an ambitious first album in some ways similar to the Band's Music from Big Pink, even if the musical style, while also rootsy, is quite different.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/21/2011
  • Label: Bismeaux Productions
  • UPC: 678572973925
  • Catalog Number: 2100
  • Sales rank: 115,449

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Long, Hard Road (2:39)
  2. 2 Mississippi (4:12)
  3. 3 Home For the Holidays (4:25)
  4. 4 Jersey (2:49)
  5. 5 Call Me In the Morning (3:29)
  6. 6 Portraits (5:36)
  7. 7 Just Another City (3:21)
  8. 8 Save the Nightly (Too Young) (4:37)
  9. 9 Focus (4:47)
  10. 10 Spent Time (3:34)
  11. 11 Ghost In the Valley (5:27)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Wheeler Brothers Primary Artist
Mark Hallman Accordion, Pump Organ
Chris Wright Cello
Raúl Vallejo Trombone
Danny Matthews Electric Guitar, Vocals, Melodica
A.J. Molyneaux Banjo, Violin, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Classical Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar
Tyler Wheeler Bass
Shane Pitsch Trumpet
Patrick Wheeler Percussion, Drums
Nolan Wheeler Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Glockenspiel, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Mark Hallman Engineer, Mastering
Wheeler Brothers Composer, Artwork
Daniel Lachman Artwork
Tim Beyerle Album Concept, Cover Art, Logo Design, Layout
Patrick Molyneaux Artwork
Molly Brau Artwork, Cover Art
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