While their biography says they hail from Michigan, one listen to Barbarossa Brothers suggests a musical philosophy with its roots much further south.
Drew Pentkowski and Loren Kranz started out as an acoustic duo, sharing songs and singing harmony…bassist Ryan Fitzgerald joined in soon after. After five years as a trio, Ryan decided it was time to move on, and the Barbarossa Brothers, once again a duo, called on a couple friends to round out the sound.
With Loren switching to keys and Drew on electric guitar, the group expanded to a five-piece, adding husband-and-wife drum & bass team Andy and Allison Scott, as well as longtime friend and mentor Scott VanDell on guitar. Tapping into a shared love of the blues, gospel and the rhythms of New Orleans, BBros continue to craft their patented brand of ‘bayou folk-rock’.
Through their most recent release, ‘Holy Water’, the band issues an open invitation to music lovers and festival goers to kick off their shoes and dance. Fans of The Tedeschi-Trucks Band, Little Feat, and The Wood Brothers will find a lot to love about this band.
‘The band’s infectious blend of rootsy rock has won over fans in an ever-increasing radius across Michigan and the Midwest.’
-Matt deHeus, The Review Magazine
‘A unique blend of harmony-laden Americana, folk-rock and knee-slapping, acoustic-driven fun’ -John Sinkevics, WYCE’s Local Spins