Viola & the Brakemen (V&tB) is a band established in 2012 by singer\songwriter Brian White from Tucson, AZ. Viola & the Brakemen’s musical styles are ever-changing to fulfill the sounds heard in Brian’s head.  These writings began in 1987.

V&tB has played in multiple festivals including Pickin in the Pines Bluegrass Festival, Flagstaff’s Hullabaloo, The Cornucopia Festival, the Flagstaff Folk Festival, Made in the Shade Beer festival, New Mexico’s Road to Rich’s Festival and they have shared the stage with artists such as Ricky Skaggs, Steep Canyon Rangers, Calexico, The Infamous String Dusters, The Steeldrivers, The Kitchen Dwellers, The Railsplitters, Michael Foucault and L.A.’s Rose’s Pawn Shop.

“Viola & the Brakemen bring a sensational mix of original music written by Brian White and inspired by the Southwest.”

~Flagstaff Friends of Traditional Music/Pickin’ in the Pines 2015

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Viola & the Brakemen: the Life I Always Sing  ~Voted “Best Debut Album for 2017” by flagstaff LiVE

      

~Arizona Daily Sun 

http://azdailysun.com/flaglive/cover_story/editor-s-choice-awards/article_dc55fc2f-21f9-5bc4-964e-5277c6d80f96.html 

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Viola, We Never Knew Ya: Flag’s Viola and the Brakemen play it true with their debut album ‘The Life I Always Sing’

“The off-the-grid melodies of country-porch, hippies out in the woods playing Marshall Tucker songs, and yes, all of those references to Oak Creek and mid-Western farm life, it comes at you in surprising ways.”

~Douglas McDaniel 

http://azdailysun.com/flaglive/cover_story/viola-we-never-knew-ya-flag-s-viola-and-the/article_5676221b-2960-5380-ba17-8bec873ed126.html 

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Veterans of many local festivals such as Pickin’ In The Pines and Hullabaloo, their acclaimed live performances are vibrant and engaging.”

~Beverly Napalm, the Noise: Arts & News

http://thenoise.us/editions/052017w.pdf

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107.1 FM and 1680 AM Kjack Radio “Talk of the Town” Interview with live music:

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Where Green is Golden by Brian White 

Son of Brian White, Jackie Allen White plays with his dad at a local Farmer’s Market. Song: Farm Living by Brian White

As We Evolve pt. 1 (Song: When You Would Say by Brian White, from the album the Sundown Singles) See the Full Video Here

As We Evolve pt. 2 (Song: Summer’s Holiday by Brian White, from his self-title album)  See the Full Video Here

Thrown stone skipped pond it’s all rippled free
Swans in flight burning lights all over green
Oceans pull the poles in time will bring
Clouds that paint pictures over the sea
Verse from "Black Country Woman" by Brian White

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