Joey Landreth, Ryan Voth, Dave Landreth with host Ismaila Alfa (CBC/Thacker)
We had a family band growing up. Our first gig was in a bar. I was 13 and Dave was 15 and Dad kind of snuck us in to the Blue Note on Portage Avenue.
—Joey Landreth, singer/songwriter
The Brothers Landreth are Dave, Joey and their other brother Ryan Voth.
Even though he isn't related, Voth has spent so much time with the
Landreth brothers that he feels like he's one of them.
CBC host Ismaila Alfa is full of praise for this band. "I love every single song I've heard from you guys so far...because it makes me feel comfortable, it makes me think a little bit and it can play on all of my emotions," he confessed during an interview with the band.
The Landreth boys come by the business honestly. Their father was a touring musician so once they'd each chosen their instruments (Dave on bass, Joey on guitar), they started playing together. Joey remembers, "We had a family band growing up. Our first gig was in a bar. I was 13 and Dave was 15 and Dad kind of snuck us in to the Blue Note on Portage Avenue."
But the two ended up playing in different bands, like Doc Walker, Oh My Darling, Ridley Bent. Then one day Dave got a phone call on tour, from brother Joey. "He called me up and said 'we gotta do this thing and I want you to be a part of it.'"
"It started just like that," he recalls. "One phone call began the landslide and we started writing songs. It was like 'I think we have some chemistry here. Maybe it's biological but we've got some sort of synergy happening so let's keep doing it.'"
"By and large the response has been really awesome," admits Joey. Our Twitter is slowly growing and our Facebook page too. We played a sold out show at Times Changed the other day where there was a handful of younger folk in the audience who were singing along to the tunes. I was actually kind of dumbfounded."
The Brothers Landreth band is releasing a recording in September. After that they plan to go on tour, first in Canada, then Germany.
Hear The Brothers Landreth at the Folk Exchange Saturday Feb. 9. Just before that gig, you can hear them in conversation with CBC host Ismaila Alfa on SCENE On Air on February 9. The show airs every Saturday from 5 - 6 p.m. on CBC Radio One, 89.3 FM/990 AM/97.9 FM in Brandon.