Headlining at the Mercury Lounge tonight, the Ruen Brothers opened with two covers that gave a taste of what was forthcoming, the folk traditional "Mama Don't" and Hank Cochran's 1963 country crooner "Make the World Go Away." Accompanied by a drummer, the rest of the set was comprised of original songs that drew from vintage country, rockabilly and throwback rock and roll sources. Most impressive were the sibling harmonies that recalled the Everly Brothers backed by Buddy Holly-like rhythms. From romantic ballads to stirring rock and rollers, the Ruen Brothers captured the spirit of a bygone era and gave the set a tasteful shot of new youthful vibrancy. The Ruen Brothers proved to be a sharp act ready for a rock and roots revival.
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