After chance collaborations over the years, folk-rock supergroup Middle Brother, briefly known as MG&V, officially came together in 2009. A trio of frontmen consisting of Deer Tick’s John McCauley, Dawes’ Taylor Goldsmith, and Delta Spirit’s Matthew Vasquez, Middle Brother have a sound that's dreamy and plaintive, pulling together aspects of the bandmembers' other work to create a unified sonic vision. Once the three songwriters realized how much they enjoyed being pushed by each other, things came together quickly for Middle Brother. In early 2010, they went into the studio in Nashville to record their debut, and then made their first stage appearance at SXSW just a few months later. Middle Brother, their self-titled debut, was released in 2011 by Partisan Records.
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