About The Mulligan Brothers

The Mulligan Brothers from Mobile, Alabama, proves that good stories and lyrics still matter in music and well-written songs don’t need a catchy chorus or a happy ending to win over an audience or to be played over and over. The band's debut album, "The Mulligan Brothers," was in the Offbeat's list of the Top Ten of CD sales at the 2014 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. The album is filled with straightforward narratives, concise, original lines,  and lead singer Ross Newell’s honest, sincere voice cutting to the heart in songs that seem as much to himself as to the listener.
The rhythm of Greg DeLuca, the string melodies of Gram Rea, and Ben Leininger's suitcase bass grab attention as The Mulligan Brothers' music crosses borders between folk rock and Americana. "There was a temptation to add more instruments during production of the album but we wanted to reproduce the songs on stage every night," says Rea. "If we can't play it live, we didn't play it on the album, and that shaped our sound."


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What they say!

An easy wind blows off the gulf coast and the light sway generated by the breeze is picked up by Mobile, Alabama’s The Mulligan Brothers... Bright acoustics flash with a quiet fire in the hands of The Mulligan Brothers. The tender string plucking of “Kaleidoscope” lets the notes tumble like the jumbled colors spin inside the song title as a fiddle offers a welcome to the “Red Dress Lady” as she makes a belated appearance....The Mulligan Brothers presents Ross Newell's warm-honey volcals finding inspiration in the words of a train-traveling transient ("Thrift Store Suitcase") and get their affairs in order, saving a big chunk of themselves for the woman who will always be in their hearts ("Momma Gets My Soul").-Alternate Root Magazine

The Mulligan Brothers have emerged as a serious up-and-coming talent. The Mulligan Brothers play a unique brand of folk music, oscillating between Americana and country western while incorporating elements of the blues. OffBeat Magazine 

There is no better album that has been released this year, and I get albums from around the world every day. The LumineersJake Bugg and The Mulligan Brothers are my top three albums of the year.-Tony Plosczynksi, host of 92 New on 92 Zew in Mobile, Alabama

"There is a synergy with The Mulligan Brothers. All of the musicians have played around town for years but somehow it came together for them in this band. I play them on the radio, but I also listen to them in my car. Knowing them makes you like their music even more. They are part of a unique sound that is developing in Mobile." -Catt Sirten, host of Radio Avalon in Mobile, Alabama

The Mulligan Brothers was voted "Alabama Album of 2013" by readers of the Mod Mobilian. 

“Armed with a violin, acoustic guitar, drums and an upright bass fashioned from two old suitcases, the Mulligan Brothers, a quartet from Mobile, Ala., stand dead center at the crossroads generally defined as Americana. Folk, country and blues all factor into the sound, as Ross Newell’s nuanced, radio-ready voice brings the band’s story-songs to vivid life.” - Keith Spera, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune  

"If you don’t know of The Mulligan Brothers yet, you will soon as this emerging Mobile, Alabama band makes its way to the Lagniappe Stage at the New Orleans Jazz Fest this May to show off their knack for writing fine Americana, folk songs and their comfort and talent as a band, even though they’ve been playing together for less than two years."- Kelly Neilson AXS Music

"You guys wowed me and I told you we would play you on KROK-FM. My program director loved 'Sensible Shoes' and will add it to the rotation." -Richard Barnickel, Station Manager for KROCK