Eskimo Brothers: Too Rock ‘n’ Roll for Country, Too Country for Rock ‘n’ Roll, and Having Too Much Fun to Care

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Tres Hombres

Who: Eskimo Brothers
What: rockabilly, honkytonk country
When: 2017-07-07
An electric charge of honkytonk is coming. The Eskimo Brothers, from Nashville, Tennessee, are playi
Dakota Holden
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An electric charge of honkytonk is coming. The Eskimo Brothers, from Nashville, Tennessee, are playing Friday, July 7 at Tres Hombres. With three-thousand hours of touring experience, the manic trio will bring a full-throttled show of rockabilly and country to Carbondale.

For seven years, the Eskimo Brothers have toured throughout the Midwest, tearing each venue apart with cranked amps and screaming blues. The Eskimo Brothers echo the tones of Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, and the Cramps, and the showmanship of Mötley Crüe. The group’s motto is, “Too rock ‘n’ roll for country, too country for rock ‘n’ roll. Having too much fun to care.”

The band is composed of vocalist and guitar player David Graham, and bass player Mark Robertson, who has played with the Legendary Shack Shakers, Robert Plant, and Los Straightjackets. The band has been switching drummers for the past few months, playing with various ones in different regions of their tours.

At a young age, Graham grew up playing punk and metal. “I kind of rebelled against the country thing, because my dad was really into country,” he tells Nightlife. “One day a lightbulb went off, and I just couldn’t get enough of it. Not only did I fall in love with it, but I was obsessed with it. I did a lot of work to catch up on it.”

On average, the Eskimo Brothers play about three-hundred shows a year. When asked how the group continues to keep entertained and functional with that much time put into touring, Graham’s advice about playing with playing with a band was simple.

“You have to genuinely like what you are doing,” Graham said. “I have spent my whole life playing music. I had a lot of fun, but something was always missing. This band was the first project that I’ve ever done where the lightbulbs are on for me. If I do what feels right and genuine, I never get sick of it.”

He said that traveling with the group is nothing but laughs. No matter what mood the group is in, when the first note hits, “It’s like some lit a firecracker under my ass.”

The Eskimo Brothers don’t use a setlist, making each show different every night. They read the audience and play what they feel the crowd will enjoy.

“We all agree on the music, the direction, and each other’s company,” Graham said. “It’s a really good spot right now.”

Graham enjoys playing with groups because of the gang/brotherhood mentality. He does what he loves to do and has filtered out the people who aren’t on board.

“I’m surrounded by guys that are on the same page,” Graham said. “It’s amazing I make a living out of it. It really is, ‘cause I have way too much fun.”

The Eskimo Brothers’ second record, Two, was recorded at the legendary Sound Emporium in Nashville, but they wanted to record the next one privately for a more creative environment. The group is scrambling to finish it in time for a planned late-summer release.

“Every single song on there is a completely different ride,” Graham said. “There is some bluesy stuff in there and straight-up Texas-shuffle kind of stuff. It’s a melting pot of American music.”

When asked about his experience playing in Illinois, Graham said, “We always have a good turnout. I love Illinois, actually. It has been good to us.”

Graham is looking forward to the show at Tres Hombres, and hopes people come out and enjoy the Eskimo Brothers.

“We give 150 percent every night,” he said, “and hope [anyone] who comes get enjoyment out of it.”

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who: Eskimo Brothers

what: rockabilly, honkytonk country

where: Tres Hombres


when: Friday, July 7

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