Wanted: The True Brothers-Country Outlaw Tribute
Our Biography THE TRUE BROTHERS The True Brothers consists of Jacky and Roger True. Both born in the early 1960s. Started out in talent shows as True & True. Taken in part from their favorite TV series Simon & Simon. Quite popular in their native North Carolina in the years 1990 - 94. Then in June of that year changed their name to The True Brothers to drive home the fact that they are indeed real life brothers. Appeared in Nashville in the late 1990s at the International Country Music Fan Fair for IFCO. And also in a major Country Music Cookbook for the IFCO folks as well. With C & W stars like George Strait, George Jones, Alan Jackson, etc. Then in 1995 they starred in the motion picture, 'The Dam', which starred among others Barry Bell, who appeared in Matlock, The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, Maximum Overdrive and last but not least Love Struck. With a soundtrack by Southern Culture on the Skids. Signed to Thunderbolt Records in 1999 of Arizona. Have released 6 projects for the label. With the first being a tribute album to Country Superstar Webb Pierce. Before the much publicized Gail Davies project on him. 'Hurt Her Once for Me' and their first all bluegrass, all gospel album 'The Third Man'. Which has been receiving national acclaim / attention in publications like Bluegrass Unlimited, Power Source Magazine, Country Music People and Country Standard Time. With liner notes by Charlie Louvin of the World Famous Louvin Brothers and a Grand Ole Opry Member since 1955. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001. The talented twosome appeared on the Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree on April 20, 2002 backed by the Opry Stage Band, which included the legendary Jimmy Capps and Billy Linneman. Since 'The Third Man' CD the boys have released 'Country Gold' an album consisting of hit songs for the True's heroes like the Wilburn Brothers' 'Hurt Her Once for Me', Webb Pierce's 'Honky Tonk Song', Ernest Tubb's 'Thanks A Lot', Hank Thompson's 'The Wild Side of Life', etc. The package includes liner notes by David McCormick owner of the Ernest Tubb Record Shops. Then next came their album of all original tunes titled 'Hymns and Other Songs We Wrote Ourselves', which includes the guys number 24 bluegrass hit 'There's a Gate' according to Power Source Magazine of Nashville, governed by the CCMA (Christian Country Music Association). Others include two literary nods with 'The Picture of Dorian Gray' (a novel by Oscar Wilde) and 'Jekyll Ol' Jekyll' based on the Robert Louis Stevenson's novel 'The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde', bluegrass toe tappers like 'That Banjo Picking Mama of Mine' and the biographical song 'We Do It for You'. Liner notes are done by Billy 'Crash' Craddock of 'Rub It In' fame. The boys next released a budget package with friend Bobby Atkins and his son, Mark on 'Back to Back - Duets' all of these songs are bluegrass gospel numbers. The brothers do the last eight on the package. Then after sometime away from the recording studio the brothers come back with a new image. With a outlaw look complete with longer hair and cowboy garb like jeans and boots. The new package titled 'Wanted: The True Brothers Country Outlaw Tribute' features that title track written by Jacky of the duo. Plus includes other songs that pay homage to country music outlaws of the past, like Bobby Bare, Johnny Paycheck, David Allan Coe and Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson. With songs like 'Marie Lavaux', 'Take This Job and Shove It', 'You Never Even Called Me By My Name' and 'Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys'. And one more original song titled 'My Witness Is Jack Daniels'. Roger whose not exactly what one would call outlaw material, but more of a bad boy type of singer pays homage to local superstar Billy 'Crash' Craddock with a rendition of his 'Rub It In' and Ronnie McDowell's suggestive number 'Older Women' and last but not least Joe Stampley's 'Double Shot Of My Baby's Love'. The boys also find time on the CD to do Moe Bandy and Joe Stampley's 'Just Good Ol' Boys'. And Jacky of the act says that it is his favorite album to date. Also back in November of 2005 the boys went to Henderson, Tennessee to do a special tribute to their idols the Wilburn Brothers (Teddy and Doyle), who are both now deceased. They were backed by the surviving memebers of the Rainbow Ranch Boys, who was the band for the 'Singing Ranger' Hank Snow. Jacky and Roger performed some of their great hit songs like 'Hurt Her Once For Me', 'Trouble's Back In Town' and 'Goody, Goody Gumdrop'. The newest one rounds up all of the boys original work and puts them all out together on one extraordinary package, titled 'Back 2 Back - The Best of the True Brothers'. Again the boys share the project with bluegrass legend Bobby Atkins. Bob covers some of country music's all time classics, while Jacky and Roger do their original material like 'The Picture of Dorian Gray', 'Jekyll Ol' Jekyll' both based on their famous novels, two patriotic numbers 'A Flag Draped Coffin' and 'The Saga Of Audie Murphy' dedicated to the most decorated war hero of World War II, who was also a popular movie actor during the 50s and 60s. Songs based on English history like 'The Ghost of Anne Boleyn', 'Jack the Ripper' and 'The Heath' which is done as a poem. Plus their two original outlaw numbers 'My Witness Is Jack Daniels' and 'Country Outlaw Tribute' which is dedicated to all of the outlaws of country music. 'We Do It For You', 'It Wouldn't Be the Same' and 'That Banjo Picking Mama of Mine' round out the album. The boys are planning a new project for 2006, but no word as to what that project might be. Even we don't know says Roger True of the act. So we will just have to look and see. Inspired by the Wilburn Brothers, Teddy & Doyle along with the Bellamy and Warren Brothers; they continue the long tradition of Country Singing brother acts. Tracy Austin Spring 2006.