Monday, June 24, 2024

Brother Elsey Finds Freedom On the Road with Visceral Single “Bolt Cutter Eyes” / Fall Tour Announced

Today, Nashville-based band Brother Elsey has shared their new single “Bolt Cutter Eyes” via River House Artists. Produced by Drew Long (KALEO, Judah & The Lion), the visceral new song is an evocative story about finding freedom out on the road and is dedicated to the band’s Appalachian roots. Brother Elsey has also just announced their headlining fall tour, which kicks off on October 18 in Cincinnati with stops in New York, Boston, Washington, D.C. and more cities before wrapping up with a hometown show on November 16 in Detroit. A full list of dates can be found below or via the band’s website.

“‘Bolt Cutter Eyes’ is a song about running away from a dead end,” shares vocalist and guitarist Brady Stablein. “It’s a narrative about two kids running from their circumstances and breaking free from the fences of their youth. It follows the interesting history of Route 23 in Appalachian America and the pockets of romance that it holds. Our roots are from there … just like a lot of families from the Midwest, our folks worked the mines and it molded the lifestyle we were raised on. There isn't much there since they shut down, people worked in the automotive and steel plants just north of Kentucky till many of them shut down as well. That’s where this story lives. This is our little ‘Born to Run’ from the holler. The song is about the road being a savior and we’re hitting the road in that spirit, like a jar full of lightning.”

“Bolt Cutter Eyes” follows the anthemic “Red Tape,” a love/hate letter to anxiety that was co-written with Madi Diaz. Recent releases by the band include the cinematic “Passing Through” and a series of self-produced singles and EPs over the last few years, including their transcendent 2021 release You Don’t Know Anything. This, along with intensive, self-booked tours culminated in dates with acts like The Head and the Heart, Allen Stone, The Wallflowers, The War and Treaty, Boy Named Banjo and SUSTO. This hard-earned grassroots growth has helped the band to cultivate a loyal local following, and set them up to make the leap from beloved Detroit act to the national scene. This spring, the group showcased at SXSW for the premiere of IFC’s film Dandelion, which they are featured in and includes an original score by The National’s Aaron Dessner.

Comprised of siblings Brady Stablein (vocals and guitar), Beau Stablein (bass), and Jack Stablein (lead guitar), plus honorary kin Dalton Thomas (drums), Brother Elsey have forged a deep musical connection, built on sharp songcraft and pure Midwestern grit.

Brother Elsey – Fall 2024 Tour Dates:

October 18 - Cincinnati, OH - Top Cats
October 19 - Chicago, IL - Beat Kitchen
October 20 - Davenport, IA - Racoon Motel
October 23 - Boston, MA - Middle East Upstairs
October 24 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
October 25 - Philadelphia, PA - The Lounge at World Cafe Live
October 26 - Richmond, VA - Richmond Music Hall
October 27 - Washington, D.C. - Pieshop
October 31 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Tavern
November 1 - Columbus, OH - A&R Music Bar
November 2 - Pittsburgh, PA - Club Cafe
November 3 - Charleston, WV - Mountain Stage
November 7 - Nashville, TN - Cannery Hall (Row One)
November 8 - Indianapolis, IN - Lofi Lounge
November 9 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Pyramid Scheme
November 16 - Detroit, MI - The Shelter

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