Greg Cornell & The Cornell Brothers

Broken Wings

Greg Cornell and the Cornell Brothers are a Brooklyn, New York-based acoustic roots band. Siblings in music (but not in fact), the group has performed at venues and festivals in New York and New England, as well as at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival in Utah. Come On Home is its second CD. It features 10 original songs about finding the way home through love, work and justice. Engineered and mixed by three-time Grammy Award-winner Justin Guip (Levon Helm), the album’s sound ranges from jug band to folk-rock to swampy blues – interlaced with
three-part vocal harmonies.

Greg Cornell (songwriter, lead vocals, acoustic guitar, five-string tenor banjitar) formed the Cornell Brothers six years ago in the NYC borough in which he’d settled among the scores of folk and roots musicians who were (and still are) gathered there. Its smaller scale, gritty urban feel contained whispers of 19th century life that was almost rural: empty, overgrown lots along the waterfront in Red Hook, neighbors greeting each other by name in South Slope, the green pastures of Prospect Park. Brooklyn appealed to his sense of history and seemed a natural place to land after a childhood spent in suburban West- chester County, NY; Paris, France; and rural Chemung County, NY, where the 270-acre Cornell Farm has been in the family since the late 1700s. While at St. Lawrence University, he was introduced to bluegrass, old-time music and the blues -- the roots of the more popular music to which he had been listening. When he started writing songs, he joined his passion for literature, which was kindled as an English major in college, with his love of roots music – finding metaphors in nature for what lay in the deepest reaches of his heart.

Cornell met bandmate Adam Moss (producer, fiddle) at Brooklyn’s Jalopy Theatre and School of Music, where he was a student in Moss’s fiddle class. Moss, an Illinois native who started playing fiddle with the band in 2014, contributes virtuosic, head-turning playing in various styles as well as vocal harmonies. He works with several other bands and acts -- including Session Americana, The Defibulators, Ana Egge, and The Brother Brothers (with his twin brother David Moss).