The Rayburn Bros.


photo by Leslie Rayburn
The Rayburn Brother’s Band, with their rough-hewn folk-rock sound, is comprised of gifted singer songwriter Craig Rayburn, a well-seasoned musician with a powerful voice and lyrics, and brother Keith Rayburn, also a talented singer songwriter, who brings his stellar dobro and slide guitar playing to the mix. The Rayburn Brothers voices blend and intertwine as only brothers can, with graceful harmonies and poignant singing. Deftly combining acoustic and electric instruments, they play songs ranging from heart-rending ballads to foot stomping rockers. They each bring their particular style to the mix, creating a soulful and eclectic mix of music; from folk, to rock to alternative country. The Rayburn Brothers Band new album, "Back to California" is a compelling collection of songs ranging from the honest portrayal of long-term relationships in "Go Down Easy" to the hopeful, upbeat "Back To California". "Ordinary Love" tells of finding extraordinary love, while "Lonely Train" speaks of love lost. "Te Propongo" and "Hole In My Heart" mix Spanish and English lyrics in a way that reflects the brother`s California heritage. The entire collection of songs is infused with elements of rock, folk, country, reggae and jazzy blues that channel the musical influences the brothers gained growing up in the Golden State. All songs feature the effortless blood harmony of Craig and Keith, augmented by the dulcet voice of Eliza James that give the vocals texture and intimacy. Long time lead guitar player Nick Heinz adds fluid guitar lines evoking classic rock greats, while the driving drum beat is provided by Andrew Tuckman. Dick Tacklind provides sturdy basslines, and keyboard player Kevin Taylor weaves in and out of the songs with grace and harmony. This powerful and moving CD is full of surprises and unexpected twists. Eliciting comparisons to bands such as The Eagles, Neil Young, Los Lobos and Jackson. Craig Rayburn`s first CD, "Coyote" was very well received on the local music scene and was featured on various radio stations, most notable KPIG as well as KKUP and KZSC. This record showcases Rayburn’s diversity, including folk-rock, country, ballads and Americana. Joining him on this collaboration is talent Jim Norris with amazing “right on” drumming, Paul Olguin with his driving bass, the rich melodies of Keith Greeninger and Tamala Brown, multi-instrumentalist Dayan Kai, pianist extraordinaire, John R, fiddling pro Chojo Jacques, hot licks by guitarist Randy Mitchell, lush organ by Gianni Staino and stellar dobro and slide leads by brother Keith Rayburn.