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- The Brew is an American independent rock band founded in the small town of Amesbury, Massachusetts by four friends from high school. Brothers Chris and Joe Plante joined guitarist Dave Drouin and drummer Kelly Kane in 2002. Kane left the band in 2012 and was replaced by longtime fan and drummer Aaron Zaroulis.The Brew began to record and release some of their early material in 2003, featuring songs like "About to Rain" and "Gypsy Moon." While these recordings find the band still growing and honing their sound, one can clearly hear where The Brew was headed: they deliver both introspective, delicate breaks and explosive power, while featuring honest, poetic lyrics and lush, four-part harmonies."We grew up on Paul Simon, The Beatles and Queen," Dave Drouin explains. "Those recordings and arrangements taught us that above all else, the music needs to serve the song and not be a showcase for how fast or loud we can play."The attention to detail began to pay off when their musical heroes started to take notice of the burgeoning band from the Northeast. Now sharing bills with The Allman Brothers, Cake, Levon Helm and others, The Brew was backstage with legendary musicians, getting invaluable advice that would shape their next few years.While opening for Bruce Hornsby in 2006, The Brew met Bobby Read, producer and saxophonist for Hornsby's band The Noisemakers. On the spot, The Brew and Read decided to do a record together, which would become 2008's Back to the Woods. The success of singles like "Chance Reaching" (still in rotation on Sirius XM radio) lifted the band to national exposure. Cary "CKP" Kanno is a musical journeyman and jack of all musical trades. Based out of Chicago IL, he formed and continues to play with locally successful bands the Abstract Giants (9 piece hip hop/ rock band), and Doko Benjo (8 piece rock/ funk band). In search of fresh creative outlet in 2009 he simultaneously released two solo full length albums simply called "Cary Kanno One" and "Cary Kanno Two". Reception to the records were overwhelmingly positive. They were played on over 150 radio stations worldwide, and the album subsequently charted on many of those. Songs from the record were picked up and licensed by the ABC network, Kellogg's, WE Network, MTV, and he was commissioned to write a song for the show “Weeds” on Showtime. The latest release from Cary, “Changes” was recorded and produced primarily at CKP studios, Cary's home studio. It features an array of musical guests and features Cary playing bass, piano, keyboards, pedal steel guitar, banjo, guitar, drums, percussion, and vocals. His 8 piece band Cary Kanno and the Giants features many of the musicians that play on the record.
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