Soledad Brothers

Decades: 2000s


This bluesy garage rock unit was formed by guitarist/vocalist and qualified doctor Johnny Walker (Johnny Wirick, USA) and drummer Ben Swank (b. Ben Smith, USA). Coming from Maumee, Ohio, USA, the pair first met as members of a previous band, Henry And June, which split-up in 1996. Walker carried on with drummer Doug Walker in the blues outfit Johnny Walker, but reunited with Swank when his former bandmate stood in for the errant Walker at a show. The duo elected to carry on playing together using the name the Soledad Brothers (named for a trio of convicts who attempted to escape from California’s Soledad Prison in the early 1970s).

After a pair of singles (one of which was produced by the White Stripes’ Jack White), the duo issued their debut album for the Estrus label in 2000. The follow-up, Steal Your Soul And Dare Your Spirit To Move, was issued two years later. The album saw additional instruments such as electric piano and...

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