Equal parts country swagger, wistful folk and breezy rock. The Lonesome Brothers’ confluence of different musical genres is the key to the band’s success. Although some people would be quick to lump the Lonesome Brothers into the alternative country milieu, the band has more dimensions than that.Alex Green, Yahoo! Music
- Jim Armenti — guitar, vocals
- Ray Mason – bass, vocals
- Keith Levreault — drums
The Lonesome Brothers have performed together for more than thirty years and are well-known throughout the Valley and beyond. Featuring Jim Armenti on guitar and vocals, Ray Mason on bass and vocals, and Keith Levreault on drums, they combine the best elements of American music with well-crafted songs and poetic lyrics. Original, creative, pumping, swaying, digging, rocking, blues busting, curve making, straight shooting songs and solos distinguish the Lonesome Brothers from any other band you’ve ever heard.
The Lonesome Brothers have garnered a reputation for being one of the best live bands in New England. The storytelling and bantering shared by Jim and Ray on stage amuses and enraptures. The trademark switching back and forth of songs authored by Jim or Ray invokes a sense of fun, predictability and unpredictability. Their solid partnership is evident by the quality of the songwriting, the tight instrumentals and the respect shown to one another on stage.
Jim Armenti’s songwriting talents have earned him great respect in the music industry. His unique, expert guitar and multi-instrument playing have mesmerized audiences for years and kept him in demand as a guitarist for other performers including Cry, Cry, Cry, Mark Erelli, Robin Lane, The Kennedys and Bill Kirchen. He especially enjoys playing for audiences as half of the song-writing, guitar-slinging Lonesome Brothers.
Ray Mason and his road-worn 1965 Silvertone guitar have been tirelessly touring since 1982. Starting his first band in 1966 and averaging over 100 shows a year, he’s like a teenager with fifty years of experience. Throughout the years he has opened shows for NRBQ, The Band, Marshall Crenshaw, Bill Morrissey, Warren Zevon, Joan Osborne, Geoff Muldaur, Joan Jett, James McMurtry and more.
Drummer Keith Levreault has a BA in music from Westfield State College, and he also studied privately with Alan Dawson. He has more than fifteen years of experience, and he has played and recorded with many artists. He also teaches at Downtown Sounds in Northampton.