The Story of
The story of BROTHER'S KEEPER goes back years and years. Real-life brothers David and Robert Morey have been singing together for over two decades. Initially, their musical endeavors took the form of ditties and taunts tossed back and forth on extended station-wagon trips during family vacations. These primitive but crucial early ventures eventually gave way to sing-alongs with TV commercial jingles and AM pop radio songs.
By the age of 13, Robert had picked up his father's guitar and was learning songs by the Beatles and Bob Dylan. As a high-schooler, Robert played electric guitar in some idiosyncratic and often untuneful rock and roll cover bands. Fortunately, nothing ever came of these bands, and recorded evidence of their existence has been mercifully suppressed.
Meanwhile, David picked up a guitar of his own. In different parts of the country, Robert and David each continued playing their acoustic guitars and singing both alone and with various others. Increasingly, David began incorporating his own compositions into his performance, and he encouraged Robert to do the same. Finally, in the spring of 1991, David and Robert joined forces to perform publicly together for the first time. Responding to clamorous public demand, the Morey brothers now realized that they needed to form a band.
And so Brother's Keeper came to be. Early in 1996, David moved from St. Louis to Iowa City to join Robert, and they've been performing 5-10 times per month ever since. They've brought their upbeat, original acoustic music to outdoor festivals, coffee houses, restaurants, and night clubs in Minneapolis, St. Louis, and numerous spots in between. They've had the stage to themselves, and they've shared it with such performers as Martin Zellar, Darden Smith, Ellis Paul, Susan Shore, Larry Myer, and others.
In July, 1997, Brother's Keeper brought 13 songs into the studio. With the contributions of drummer Eric Griffin, bassist Rick Cicalo, and sound engineer John Svec, they recorded their debut CD, From the Ground Up, now out on Iowa City's Tale Wagon Records. When asked how they feel about this new release, David and Robert responded, "Well, heck, we like it!"
From the Ground Up is available for $11, postpaid:
Tale Wagon Records
P.O. Box 641
Iowa City, IA 52244-0641
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