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).
Michael Stegner performs piano-driven songs that shift between high-energy and introspective while combining influences that span from blues, gospel, country, roots, rock and jazz. He has the piano chops to pull off a solo-piano version of his music, but is equally at home enlisting his A-list musician friends to fill out large-sounding versions of his songs.
Michael’s debut songwriting album, Fascination Nation, came came about after taking lessons with with the brilliant songwriter Robin Holcomb (Nonesuch Records). She continually encouraged Michael to add lyrics to the instrumental music he was writing. The resulting record ended up being played on independent radio through the US and on the BBC in the UK where it placed in playlists alongside songs by Randy Newman, Willie Nelson and Justin Townes Earl.
Michael recently relocated to Los Angeles from Seattle where he performed as featured soloist and pianist at venues such as the Triple Door, The Tractor Tavern, Neumos, The Royal Room, Conor Byrne and The Highdive. Upon arriving in LA he performed as a featured soloist at the El Rey Theater as part of the premiere of Ron Howard’s Beatles documentary, “Eight Days a Week”.
Michael Stegner comes from a small town in Kentucky where he was surrounded by rolling, empty hills as a child. He often found companionship and an outlet from his piano and voice. From age four he could be found in a secluded corner of his house playing along with records by Willie Nelson, The Beach Boys, Waylon Jennings and his parents’ collection of choral church music. Aside from writing and performing his own music from that time; he has spent 20 years playing keyboards and/or collaborating with artists such as Michael Shrieve (Santana), Lee Oskar (W.A.R.), Reggie Watts, Skerik, Wayne Horvitz, Jen Wood, Aiko Shimada, Louis Cole and many more.