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CD Title:  Lookin' For Texas Reviewed by:  Young (mry@blomand.net) Date: 5/02/08
Reviewer is from:  Sparta, TN Rating:  «««««  

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I love my guys!  Go;;;

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CD Title:  Lookin' For Texas Reviewed by:  Jim Shortt Date: 12/10/05
Reviewer is from:  La Marque, Texas Rating:  «««««  

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 This independent, self-produced blues/blues rock album contains eight original tracks. Time is 28 minutes, 43 seconds. Production and sound quality are very good. The opening cut, "Don't Be Shy," is a forceful, medium-tempo blues tune. Lead singer Mike Vohsen presents the mood of the lyrics well. Guitarist Robert Baker's strong solo is an excellent match for the mood. The title cut is a neat novelty tune that bemoans the fact that Houston is just another big city and has lost its Texas identity. Bassist Mike Leubner does lead vocals. Margo Lively guests on fiddle. "Toobin'" is a lighthearted ditty sure to get a broad grin from anyone that's enjoyed tubing the Guadalupe River, a favorite Texas pastime. "The Power To Drive The Blues Away" is a traditional, get-down blues tune that features Norm Uhl's first-rate vocals and keyboards. Bob Martin guests on trumpet and trombone, Patrick Brennan on saxophone. The whole band rocks hard on the driving, high-energy tune, "Fool Boy's Road," the best up-tempo song on the CD. Best slow-tempo tune is the Tin Pan Alley styled gut-ripper, "Sometimes Gone Is Gone." Vohsen's vocals are intense and passionate. Joe Miller guests on trombone. Best song on the CD is "It Wasn't Me," an R&B belt buckle polisher soaked in Swamp Pop Syrup. Vohsen's vocals capture the song's bayou feel perfectly. Highly recommended.
Jim Shortt - The Scene (Oct 1, 2005)

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CD Title:  Lookin' For Texas Reviewed by:  Rocky Stone Date: 12/10/05
Reviewer is from:  Houston, Texas Rating:  «««««  

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The sound of the new Brother 2 Brother disc, "Lookin' For Texas", is the sound of a live band at work, striving to entertain the crowd at all costs. Although clearly a studio effort, there is an unmistakable live feel to the tracks. The desire to entertain is evident from the insistent urging of "Don't Be Shy" with its pounding , gritty, hard rock feel to the bluesy lope of "It Wasn't Me" or the Tejano-flavored squeeze box work on "Toobin." The musicianship is first rate, especially on "Sometimes Gone is Gone" which features Norm Uhl's honky tonk style piano. Brother 2 Brother should be congratulated for so successfully translating their live stage show into the fixed form of a studio recording.
Rocky Stone - Music News (Oct 1, 2005)

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CD Title:  Lookin' For Texas Reviewed by:  Sarah Cress Date: 12/10/05
Reviewer is from:  Houston, Texas Rating:  «««««  

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If you like blues-rock, Lookin' for Texas is a solid purchase.
Sara Cress - Houston Chronicle (Oct 3, 2005)

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CD Title:  Lookin' For Texas Reviewed by:  Jon Sobel Date: 12/10/05
Reviewer is from:  Unknown Rating:  «««««  

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 Butt-kickin' blues-rock is alive and well in Texas. Lookin' for Texas, Brother 2 Brother's stew of blues, rock and soul goes down warm and sweet. It's a studio recording with a live feel: this Houston outfit is not slick - in fact, they're not always even very tight - but they're good musicians who sound like they love playing together, which is more important. Clever, well-crafted songs complete the picture. "I Don't Care" recalls Georgia Satellites via Jerry Lee Lewis, while "Fool Boy's Road" suggests Jim Morrison and the Doors. You'll hear some Fabulous Thunderbirds, a little Lynyrd Skynyrd, more than a pinch of soul from the excellent horn section, and plenty of Chicago blues in these eight songs; there's even a shiver of the bayou in the accordian-led "Toobin'." Altogether a wide variety of styles, served up with heart and a generous helping of fun. Brother 2 Brother is not literally a band of brothers, but their camaraderie shows in the music.
Jon Sobel - blogcritics.org (Nov 18, 2005)

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CD Title:  Lookin' For Texas Reviewed by:  Paul Bondarovski Date: 12/6/05
Reviewer is from:  Paris, France Rating:  «««««  

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 Brother 2 Brother: ALONE IN THE TOP 5!!!
Midnight Special Blues Radio  www.ms-blues.com
Remember this day: on Friday, December 2nd, 2005 one certain band from Texas called Brother 2 Brother has entirely filled the Top 5 of the Midnight Special Blues radio charts with the songs from their debut (!) album Lookin' For Texas! I can't believe my eyes: they got it! Our charts are based exclusively on listeners' votes, and we have listeners in more than 60 countries all around the world. That is, it's not in France (where the station is based), not in the U.S.A. (half of our audience), but in the whole wide world our listeners have built the Top 5 exclusively of Brother 2 Brother tunes!

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CD Title:  Lookin' For Texas Reviewed by:  Dave Miller Date: 8/30/05
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 With singer Mike Vohsen, guitar and vocals by Robert Baker, Keys and vocals by Norm Uhl, bass by Mike “Lowboy” Leubner and drummer Kevin Reed (recently replaced by Ned Maric), they turn out a consistently solid effort here. Robert’s “Don’t be Shy” relates to his playing in bands and looking out at all the cool chicks in the audience, while “Sometimes Gone Is Gone” with the driving horns of Patrick Brennan and written by Norm and Kevin (with the third verse by Vohsen) advises that you should know when it’s time to quit a relationship, and the soulful “It Wasn’t Me” (my personal favorite) is a dreamy ballad that should stand out. Everyone should recognize the sentiment in the novelty tune “I Don’t Care” by Lowboy, collected from the comments of a forklift driver he worked with. The big band sound of “The Power To Drive The Blues Away” with Robert’s stinging guitar and more horns is the answer to a relationship breakup cured by the power of music. Mike Vohsen’s powerful “Fools’s Boy Road” is an ode to moonshiners prompted by a documentary seen on TV. The two songs with much potential to become regional hits are “Toobin” with keyboard induced accordion inspired by Guadalupe river rats on a weekend on the river and the title cut making fun of the way people think about Texans with some mean  fiddle by Margo Lively and references to the real places you’ll find true Texas folks like New Braunfels and even Magnolia. The eclectic mix of blues, soul, country, rock and humor make this a treat from the first beat to the last.
Dave Miller-North of the Border Magazine-Houston, Tx.

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CD Title:  Lookin' For Texas Reviewed by:  Don Leatherwood/The Texas Roadcat Band Date: 8/22/05
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The music on this CD is an ingenius cross of Texas styles.  These "blues rockers" can "kick" western swing, or anything they choose to play.  P.S. These folks are even better in a live performance.

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CD Title:  Lookin' For Texas Reviewed by:  Melody (melodytimm@yahoo.com) Date: 8/22/05
Reviewer is from:  Hot Springs, Arkansas Rating:  «««««  

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This CD is awesome!!  I love to listen to the Man who sings Lookin' For Texas"!! and Toobin' is cool also!!  Can't wait to see em LIVE!

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CD Title:  Lookin' For Texas Reviewed by:  Janey & Mark Date: 8/21/05
Reviewer is from:  New Haven, Connecticut Rating:  «««««  

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These guys are so great.  Blowed away by "Lookin For Texas".."Toobin" is a delight.  Power to drive the blues away, wow...awesome guitars in this one.  We are a Texas couple living far from home, love Texas Music and this CD made us smile!!! This band is HOT!!!

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CD Title:  Lookin' For Texas Reviewed by:  David and Holly Date: 8/21/05
Reviewer is from:  East Brunswick, New Jersey Rating:  «««««  

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Great combo of rock, blues and true Southern flavor make up this intriguing first release of the band Brother 2 Brother.  With the various musical styles intertwined with an eclectic mix of voices, how can one not be entertained, especially with such lyrics as in "Don't go to Houston, if you're looking for Texas".  As someone having been to Houston and experienced much of the same feeling "where are the cows???", much of this song rings true...Anyway - great intro to Texan Music and a great local band...can't wait to see them live!!

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