joey landreth

Over the course of three full-length albums, the Winnipeg duo have won a Juno award, toured around the world, and, most importantly, became dads. “You wanna talk about a rush and a high, I mean ... being someone’s dad is a pretty special feeling,” says David.

On Come Morning, the Canadian duo wrestled with a gut-wrenching session gone wrong, dealt with new inspirations, and finally learned to let go.

One of the core ingredients that is essential to any Bros. Landreth album is also the most dreaded: abject fear and panic. It doesn’t sprout up from any particular insecurity about the end result, but rather where to start. “We always say we’re going to write 30 tunes and pick our 10 favorites,” says Joey Landreth. “But we usually write 12 and pick 11.” At first, the fear was unsettling, but Joey and his bassist brother, David, have not only thrived under the self-imposed pressure but relished it. Factor in a world-changing pandemic, the experience of being new dads, and a soul-crushing session gone wrong, it’s amazing that Come Morning even saw the light of day.

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Hear the latest solo track from one of slide guitar’s brightest new stars.

We all dream of an instrument that has such a powerful identity that it inevitably inspires new music. For Joey Landreth, if it wasn’t for his Mulecaster—which was built by Matt Eich of Mule Resophonic Guitars—“Forgiveness” would be considerably different. Aside from its hefty metal body, this Mulecaster’s main distinguishing feature is a trio of Hipshot palm benders on the 2nd, 3rd, and 5th strings. The main parts of the tune were already tracked before the Mulecaster showed up. “The very first thing I played when I picked up that guitar wound up being the tune’s opening head,” recalls Landreth. “It took a little refining, but it was right there.”

The bad news about this serendipitous matchup is that now the Mulecaster will be a constant companion on the road. “Yeah, another guitar for the boat. It’s an amazing guitar, but it’s a little too heavy to play all night,” says Landreth. Usually, Landreth’s main guitar is a Collings I-35 LC semi-hollow loaded with baritone strings and tuned to open C. Since the bari strings don’t play nice with the Hipshot, he opted for slightly lighter strings and tuned to open D for “Forgiveness.” “Every guitar I have is slightly different,” says Landreth. “Some are more vintage and others are more modern. I don’t really care because each guitar has its own identity. I just let them be who they are gonna be. Without the Mulecaster, this song would have been a completely different beast.” Other than the Mulecaster, Landreth plugged into a Two-Rock Bloomfield Drive, a Fulltone Tube Tape Echo, and a Mythos Mjolnir overdrive, which is a go-to pedal for Landreth. (Word is that Landreth and Mythos are working together to create a signature pedal called the High Road Fuzz.)

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