One of the country’s most musical bands of brothers will drop in on Cullman Tuesday, when the Cullman Community Concert Association welcomes the Depue Brothers Band for the fifth performance of the 2013-2014 concert series.
The Depue Brothers (yes, the principle musicians really are brothers) are violinists whose gift for rip-roaring fiddling belies their virtuosity as classically trained musicians.
Together with an on-stage ensemble of tight-knit musical collaborators, the Depue Brothers Band brings an eclectic and entertaining repertoire that encompasses a vivid blend of the bluegrass, classical, and rock genres.
As a family, the Depues have been making music together for more than 25 years. Named “Musical Family of America” in 1989 by presidential decree, the Depues were the subject of a 1993 PBS documentary, and two brothers (Jason and Zach) were featured in the film documentary Music From the Inside Out in 2005.
Their first album as brothers, Classical Grass, sold out of its first printing. Their 2009 album, Weapons of Grass Construction, cemented their far-ranging mastery of their instruments, and provided fans of bluegrass, rock, blues and classical with a definitive fusion of the four genres into a unique new genre unto itself.
“This one is just gonna be a lot of fun — you know, we’ve had some soloists and duos this season who’ve brought a great focus to the musicianship and the virtuosity it takes to carry out a great classical performance, but it’s going to be great to kind of sit back this time around and be a little less formal, and just enjoy a full stage band like the Depue Brothers,” said concert association board president Kathy Scruggs.
“But don’t let anybody fool you — they’re just really, really talented by any standard. They really floored us when we first heard them last year, and we were sitting there looking at each other, amazed, like, ‘Are we the last people in America who haven’t heard of these guys?’”