Live in Hawai'i
Original folk music reflecting the Fitch Brothers' (Doug Fitch and Brad Fitch) roots in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.This acoustic live album showcases the brother's harmonies and influences of John Denver Gordon Lightfoot, the Everly Brothers, the Beatles, Hawaiian Slack key guitar, Buddy Holly, Crosby Stills & Nash. 'Hiking Boots, show our roots, in the Colorado Sky'. So say lyrics from The Fitch Brothers new live album 'Fitch Brothers - Live in Hawai'i'. The brothers, Brad Fitch and Doug Fitch, were raised in a rural mountain area in a family of accomplished musicians and artists. 'We were brought up on acoustic music and spending time outdoors. We were lucky to grow up basicially in Rocky Mountain National Park' recalls Doug. Reflecting on their upbringing, Brad notes 'Our father is an excellent pianist who can play almost anything by ear and who has a beautiful singing voice. Our mother, who is a poet, was trained on violin and piano. When we were little, she used to sing and accompany herself on the baritone ukulele. There was always lots of music in our house - folk music, pop music, country western music, etc. Visiting our grandparents, we were exposed to their preferred styles of listening and dancing music. I remember hearing "old timey" Appalachian music at the home of my great-grandfather, who had been a Kentucky coal miner. Some of my earliest memories involved sitting in the living room by our big phonograph, listening to records -- 78s, 45s and 33 and one-thirds rpm types. 'Our folks started all of us kids in piano lessons when we were six years old. We hated it at the time, but the piano lessons gave us a great basis for the rest of our musical lives. In the fourth grade,we each enrolled in the school band where Brad learned to play the trombone and Doug played drums and other percussion. We stayed in the school band right through high school, and loved performing in the concert band, the marching band, the pep band and especially the jazz band. In jazz band, our sister played flute and string bass. We got to travel to music competitions and had a lot of fun as part of a musical family. ' 'I can remember Brad and I listening intently to his FM radio late at night. On a clear evening at 8,000 feet elevation, you can get reception from a long ways away.' Perhaps this explains the earthy yet eclectic flavor of their compositions. Make no mistake, the Fitch Brothers' music comes from their own experiences. 'Brad gave me my first guitar and taught me to play it. He's my musical guru. Even today, if I feel discouraged with music, he helps me to remember where we come from and why we sound like we do. I really take pride in that'.