About a week ago, Robin Hilton, the producer of and co-host for the popular NPR Music show All Songs Considered, released his short list of the Top 5 Bands That Should Be Way Bigger Than They Are. Number three on his list was Nashville’s very own do-it-yourself rockers JEFF the Brotherhood, a duo led by Nashville natives and brothers Jake and Jamin Orrall.missing or outdated ad config
“When I want to hear some real *&!@#$ rock ‘n’ roll, I reach for these guys. With a decade’s worth of monstrous albums behind them, they really ought to rule the galaxy by now. Maybe things will change now that they’ve signed with Warner.” — Robin Hilton
In an interview with The Huffington Post, Dan Auerbach (of Grammy-winning The Black Keys fame) had this to say of JTB’s Jake and Jamin Orrall, “They’re amazing. They’re just like absolute characters, and they’re definitely the heart of that scene with those younger bands.”
In that same article, Associated Press music writer Chris Talbott goes on to narrate how “the Orralls formed JEFF the Brotherhood while in their mid-teens and, over time, they’ve laid down a blueprint for other DIY-leaning bands. They run Infinity Cat Records with their dad, Bob, who also was an early Taylor Swift producer and songwriting partner. Like Swift, he’s helped nurture the local scene – almost literally. The label has put out 74 releases in its 10 years and many on the roster are childhood friends of his sons.”
JTB with be touring in the northeast, midwest, and Australia until February, but keep your fingers crossed that they’ll return home for a spell after then. In the meantime, you can surely catch the Orrall brothers playing live on Conan on November 15th, and you’ll find their most popular video, “U Got the Look,” below.