The Little Brother Band
The Little Brother Band is a folk/rock band from Vancouver, BC, Canada. It consists of Wes Reamsbottom on Acoustic Guitar and Vocals, Dan Myers on Electric Guitar and Vocals, Kelly McQuillan on Keyboards and Tenor Saxophone, Davis Friesen on Bass, and Tyler Friesen on Drums. Their debut album Reflections was released in August 2006 to critical acclaim.
The band's name comes from a sit-in gig for Wes with his big brother Greg (The Hairfarmers, A Whole Lotta Led) who greeted him onstage as "Little Brother." The current line up crystallized in 2005 when Davis was added as the permanent bass player adding to the brother connection of the band (he and Tyler are brothers).
While the music is firmly rooted in the folk/rock genre (think Ryan Adams or Counting Crows), the diverse backgrounds of the players give the band a very ecelctic sound. On Reflections or at one of their live performances, one will hear bluesy guitar lines, funky grooves, and searing sax solos to complement the rootsy melodies.
To promote Reflections and Thicker Than Water, The Little Brother Band is currently performing venues around the Lower Mainland and Whistler such as The ROXY, Merlin's, Dusty's, The Railway Club, The WAG and many others. Check out the "Upcoming Shows" tab for future performances. Also check out the "Blog" page to get some inside scoop on LBB doings and performances and to share your thoughts with us.
Wes has been working the Vancouver music scene since he was fifteen years old. From 1994-1997, Wes was the lead singer of a very talented young band called Gypsy Fly. After the band broke up, Wes went on to become a solo acoustic guitar / vocal artist performing in local lounges and night clubs all over Vancouver.
In the fall of 2002, Wes pulled together some of his favourite musicians to form The Little Brother Band and released their debut album Reflections to critical acclaim. With influences such as Van Morrison, CSNY, Ray LaMontagne, Ryan Adams, Marvin Gaye, and many more. Wes constantly challenges himself as a vocalist and as a lyricist. His lyrics challenge listeners to address the things that really matter with music that uplifts the soul. Wes plans to continue entertaining his audiences for many years to come.
Recently, Wes has taken his knowledge gained from fifteen years experience in the music industry and applied it to his record label, Harper Records.
Dan Myers is an extremely talented singer / song-writer, a gifted lead guitarist, a soulful pianist and an original member of the Little Brother Band. His playing style is firmly rooted in Blues and Americana with Rock and R&B sensibilities. Dan also provides a baritone lead vocal and teams with Wes to create excellent vocal arrangements for The Little Brother Band.
Dan's writing for the LBB is influenced by both soulful music and the sounds of the great Americana bands like Bruce Springsteen or Jackson Browne. Listen for Dan's vocals and lead guitar and the upcoming Little Brother Band album in 2009 and on his solo debut to come.