Garrett Harris 11 a.m., July 19
The Truckee Brothers
Sound description: Experimental indie-rock.
RIYL: Steve Poltz, the Rugburns, the Plimsouls
- Blurt: "Strange Stages" · March 5, 2008
Influences: Flying Burrito Brothers, Steve Wynn, Neil Young, Steve Poltz, the Plimsouls, Reeve Oliver, Scarlet Symphony, Georgia Satellites, the Rugburns, Dead Rock West
The Truckee Brothers are not really brothers, though the original trio of Christopher Hoffee (aka Cady Truckee), Greg Friedman (aka Ott), and Patrick Dennis (aka Peat Truckee) have similar musical histories. According to their website, "They combine the storytelling of Jack Johnson with the humor of the Rugburns, and instrumental and vocal talents that evoke the Eagles, if only the Eagles would take the sticks out of their collective asses and take a refresher course in gen-you-wine rock and roll." The threesome was later joined by Hemiway Truckee (Matt Lynott).
Greg Friedman picked up his first guitar at 13 and became a fixture in Baltimore and Washington DC’s thriving punk rock scene. He later studied at Peabody Institute, where his classical training along with his punk fury, fueled his appetite for new musical challenges, resulting in a move to San Diego.
Still, he says he and his wife “had to have all the rugs removed” before moving into the former party house of the UCSD water polo team. About living in La Jolla, Friedman says he enjoys “the view from the canyon at sunset” and dislikes the fact that “La Jolla is not actually a word in Spanish.”
In late 2007, two Truckee Brothers released solo albums, both on Populuxe Records. Bassist Greg Friedman's is called Souls of Passing Feet (nominated Best Pop Album at the 2007 San Diego Music Awards), and singer/guitarist Patrick Dennis released Home on the Strange (under the pseudonym Wirepony).
Then, “The Truckee Brothers broke up quietly...Cady Truckee [Christopher Hoffee] ended the band in 2010,” says Patrick Dennis. “Everyone are in other bands and living their lives beyond what the Truckee Brothers were, but the band no longer exists. We didn't feel it anyone's business at the time,
and none of us have exploited it to help our subsequent projects.”
Friedman released another solo album in 2013, Can’t Talk Now, which sported one of the last album covers designed by famed artist Storm Thorgerson (Pink Floyd, Peter Gabriel, etc.), who passed away in April 2013.