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Take the legendary styles of Johnny Cash, Elvis, George Clinton & P-Funk, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Junior Brown . . . throw in some gear jammin', tire burnin', bootie shakin', wheelie poppin' fun… and, you know what you've got? The ‘Electrified Hillbilly Funk' of the Brethren Fast Racing Team!
While over the years, the Messina brothers — “Dynomite” Don Messina (lead vocals, guitars/lap steel guitar) and Mik “The Stick” Messina (bass) —developed their own styles playing in different bands, about five years ago they hit a common chord and the 'brothers fast' decided to join forces.
Combining Don's old school rockabilly-influenced guitar licks with Mik's 70's funkified bass grooves wasn't easy at first; but with the addition of rockin' skin- man Nate “Dog,” thousands of hours of playing, and hundreds of shows under their collective belts - the band has fused to create their own unique style of music.
Don cites John Deere Tractors, Motorcycles and fast women as among his primary influences and Denver-based Carolyn’s Mother on his musical resume. Mik’s seventeen-year-plus bass playing career include stints with Los Angeles bands, The Bats/Thirteen and Goodnight Gracie. Nate got a chance to join The Brethren after almost literally waiting in the wings for the shot. “I played in almost every band in Grand County and always went to Brethren Fast shows when they stopped through town. I saw them go through drummers and get increased attention as the years rolled by. The Brethren took an interest in my band Tunnel Six and we did a couple shows with them in Denver. Every now and then I would sit in and I knew many of the songs by heart. In Winter Park I always told my fellow musicians how much I liked the music and I wore my Brethren T-shirt with pride! Ironically, I recall one of my friends saying to me ‘Geez Nate, if you like 'em that much why don't you work for them?’ I’d been a fan for 5 years before I was given the opportunity to play with the Brethren full time. Gordon Beasley, a long time friend of mine told me of his plan to retire as the Brethren's drummer and knew that I was available. I jumped on the chance and beat out a competitor for the position. It's been over two years now and I wouldn't trade it for the world!
Brethren Fast’s latest CD release is Diesel Drivin’ Buddies.
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