The McTell Brothers have already played with and opened for some of the country’s top songwriters and guitarists from Nashville, Austin, New York and beyond, artists such as: Elizabeth Cook, Eric Brace & Peter Cooper, The Black Lillies, The Spring Standards, Eric Taylor, Emily Wells, Nicole Atkins, Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen, Joy Kills Sorrow, among others. They’ve performed at some of the top festivals and venues in the mid-Atlantic.
The McTell Brothers recently released their self-titled, debut EP. Produced by Grammy-nominated Jen Gunderman (whose night job is performing in Sheryl Crow’s touring band), and recorded in Nashville, the EP features Gunderman on keys, Bones Hillman (of Midnight Oil) on bass, and Paul Griffith (who tours with Todd Snider and a host of other Nashville musicians) on drums and percussion. The 5 song EP features the brothers’ well-rounded musical taste as well as their accomplished guitar playing and vocal harmonies.
Fraternal twins Brian and Jeff began taking guitar lessons at the age of 7. By 9 years of age, they were already performing at coffeehouses in their home state of Virginia.
Now 18 years old, they perform a mix of Americana, Folk, Rock and Blues, including some of their own original material. Formerly performing as the J & B Blues Project, their current name is a homage to legendary bluesman Blind Willie McTell, as well as the Bob Dylan song of the same name.
Some of the many venues & festivals where The McTell Brothers have performed:
Ashland Coffee & Tea – World CafÃ© Live @ The Queen, Wilmington DE WDVX Blue Plate Special-Knoxville TN- Gypsysally’s Washington DC, The Kenmore Inn, Fredericksburg, VA – Washington Folk Festival, Tacoma Park, MD – Federal Hill Jazz & Blues Festival, Baltimore, MD – Gala at the National Zoo, Washington DC, Autumn Conservation Festival for Smithsonian, Front Royal, VA – Fall Jubilee at Historic Manassas, Manassas, VA – Lake Anne Jazz & Blues Festival, Reston, VA – CRKA benefit concert with Jimmy Wayne, North Carolina – Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival, Reston, VA “ Artscape Festival, Baltimore MD – Autumn Adventure, Reston Town Center, VA – Clarendon Day Festival, Clarendon, VA – Street Beat Festival, Baltimore, MD – Festival on the Square, Reston VA – Columbia Lakefront Festival, Columbia, MD – Charles St. Festival, Baltimore MD – Picnic in the Park, Fredericksburg VA “ The Inn at Kelly’s Ford, Remington, VA – Grey Horse Vineyards, Midland, VA – Lunchtime Concert Series at Hurkamp Park, Fredericksburg VA – Station North Spring Music Festival, Baltimore, MD – First Saturday Annual Festival, Frederick MD Gravity Lounge-Charlottesville VA Stafford Airport Annual Fly In, Stafford, VA – Opening Day, Potomac Nationals Baseball “ Mayfest, Frederick MD – The Nightcat, Easton MD – The Lead Belly FoundationsœBlues for Blues festival – Murfreesboro TN, and many others.