The Whateverly Brothers are Jono Manson and George ‘Breakfast’ Bacon. They met in the early 1980s and have been firm friends ever since. At that time, Jono’s band, the Worms, were one of the most exciting R&B/funk bands playing regularly in NYC. George was new in town and immediately became a fan. When George started his own band, the Corn Flakes, Jono was sufficiently impressed to kindly offer to help record the band. Over the next few years, Jono produced several sessions for George, with the Corn Flakes and with Mumbo Gumbo (the acoustic band George formed with Joe Flood). When the Worms’ bass player, the inimitable Jerry Dugger, needed some time off, Jono asked George to fill his shoes, which George happily did for several months until Jerry’s return. And then there was the Dogs! Evolving from a number of late night jam sessions, the Dogs were literally a supergroup culled from the cream of NYC local heroes. The extraordinary and sadly missed Howie Wyeth on drums and sometimes piano, Jono on guitar and vocals, Neil Thomas on keyboards and accordion and vocals, Kevin Trainor on guitar and vocals (Neil and Kevin were the lynchpins of the uniquely wonderful Surreal McCoys), Joe Flood on guitar, fiddle and vocals, and George on bass, mandolin and vocals. Their one album is testament to their being arguably the most intriguing outfit to emerge from that whole scene. When George found himself back in England Jono and he continued to stay in touch and Jono has since included several of George’s songs on his wonderful albums. In 1999 they hooked up in Italy and did some writing and playing together. Then, in January 2001, Jono joined George in Copenhagen and the two performed nightly for a month in a downtown club. They also collaborated on a batch of new songs and come February, their gig being over, they hired some equipment and in an apartment on the outskirts of town, with their friend Soren Dyhr engineering, recorded “Global Toast”. Since then they have conspired to hang out at least a couple of times a year, in England, Italy, or Santa Fe, writing songs and making a handful of appearances.
This is their second album. 10 new songs and as bonus tracks, the entire first album! …22 tracks, all reared free range and organically in the hills of New Mexico…these songs will aid digestion, rid you of depression, reduce stress, combat heart disease, cure baldness, bring a twinkle to your eye and put a spring in your step….so toss out that old rancid snake oil, put one of these on the turntable, and let the musical elixir weave its magic…
released January 1, 2008
Jono Manson gtrs & vocals
George Breakfast gtr, mandolin, bass, harmonica & vocals
tracks 1, 3, 5, 8, 9, 13, 14, 18 & 19 written by George copyright Cottage Pie Music(BMI)
track 16 written by Jono copyright Magic Request Music(BMI)
tracks 2, 4, 7, 10, 11, 12, 15, 17, 20, 21 & 22 written by George & Jono
track 3 written by George & Darren Wiseman
track 6 written by Jono & Bruce Donnola
first 10 tracks recorded in George's apartment and at Jux Tap in Sarzana, Italy, and mixed in The Kitchen Sink in Chupadero NM, USA.
tracks 11 - 22 recorded by Soren Dyhr in an apartment near Kobenhavn, Denmark, and mixed at Medio Media, Rio en Medio, NM, USA
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