Brother Cane

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Brother Cane
Brother Cane in 1993
Brother Cane in 1993
Background information
OriginBirmingham, Alabama, U.S.
Genres
Years active
  • 1990–1998
  • 2005
  • 2011–2012
  • 2022–
LabelsVirgin Records
MembersDamon Johnson
Glenn Maxey
Buck Johnson
Jarred Pope
Past membersRoman Glick
Scott Collier
David Anderson
Chuck Garric
Zach Myers

Brother Cane is an American rock band that released three albums in the 1990s. Formed in Alabama in 1990 by singer and guitarist Damon Johnson and bassist Glenn Maxey, the line-up was completed by guitarist Roman Glick and drummer Scott Collier. The band's self-titled debut album was released in 1993, and after some line-up changes, this was followed by Seeds in 1995, and Wishpool in 1998. Brother Cane disbanded thereafter, but reformed in 2005, again in 2011, and are active again in 2022.

History[edit]

The band's debut album, Brother Cane, peaked at #14 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart,[4] while the lead single, "Got No Shame", peaked at #2 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart on September 18, 1993.[5] Maxey subsequently left the band, and Glick then switched to bass while the band added a new guitarist, David Anderson.[6]

Seeds was released on July 4, 1995, and the single "And Fools Shine On" stayed at number 1 on Billboard Rock Charts for six weeks. It was included on the soundtrack for Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers in 1995, as well as three other songs, "Hung on a Rope", "20/20 Faith", and "Horses & Needles".

The band's third album, Wishpool, was released in March 1998, and featured the single "I Lie in the Bed I Make," which was their second #1 single on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart,[6] maintaining that position for four weeks. That same year, a live version of the band's song "Lead My Follow" was featured on a Birmingham, Alabama charitable album titled Live in the X Lounge.[7] The album was released to benefit United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Birmingham, an organization in the band's hometown.

Brother Cane disbanded after touring for Wishpool, despite a great deal of radio play and live success, experiencing problems with their record company and issues surrounding record distribution.[8][9]

Reformations: 2005, 2011–2012, 2022–2023[edit]

In 2005, Brother Cane reunited for two concerts. One of the shows was released as a two-disc set with previously unreleased backstage, offstage, concert footage (a 40-minute show as the opening act for Van Halen in Fresno from '95) and interview content. Brother Cane again reunited for a brief tour in 2012.

In March 2022, Brother Cane announced they would reunite for live shows later in the year. Johnson is rejoined by original bass guitarist Glenn Maxey, along with Buck Johnson (Aerosmith, Hollywood Vampires) on keyboards, and drummer Jarred Pope from Johnson's solo band. The first show is to be at the Northern Lights Theater in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on April 22.[6] Further shows in Birmingham, Alabama and Nashville, Tennessee are also planned, with the live set to feature songs from the band's first album, including songs never played live before, plus hits from the later albums.[6]

A full Brother Cane tour is planned for 2023, to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the release of the Brother Cane album. Johnson stated: "I’m just over the moon about this. Brother Cane fans are some of the most passionate that I've encountered in all of my travels. I'm certainly proud of all these songs, and the guys and I are looking forward to bringing them to the people once again."[6]

Other projects[edit]

Brother Cane frontman Damon Johnson has been involved in numerous projects since the initial demise of the band, including Red Halo, Slave to the System (a band that also features long-time Queensrÿche drummer Scott Rockenfield), and Whiskey Falls. Johnson was touring guitarist for Alice Cooper from 2004 to 2011, at which time he departed Cooper's band to join Thin Lizzy. He has remained with the band since then, and also co-founded Thin Lizzy spin-off band Black Star Riders, with whom he recorded three albums.[10] Johnson also performs with Lynyrd Skynyrd, standing in for Gary Rossington, who is recovering from heart surgery.

Glick worked with Johnson in Slave to the System, before joining Jesse James Dupree and Jackyl. Guitarist David Anderson now plays with ARS (Atlanta Rhythm Section) when they tour.[6]

After his departure from Brother Cane, Glenn Maxey moved away from music and worked in industrial electronics for 28 years, before returning to music in 2021 with Bishop Gunn frontman Travis McCready's solo band.[6]

Band members[edit]

1990–1998

  • Damon Johnson – lead vocals, guitar
  • David Anderson – guitar (Seeds, Wishpool)
  • Roman Glick – guitar (Brother Cane), bass guitar (Seeds, Wishpool)
  • Glenn Maxey – bass guitar (Brother Cane)
  • Scott Collier – drums

2011

2012

  • Damon Johnson – lead vocals, guitar
  • David Anderson – guitar
  • Chuck Garric – bass guitar
  • Scott Collier – drums

2022–

  • Damon Johnson – lead vocals, guitar
  • Glenn Maxey – bass guitar
  • Buck Johnson – keyboards, backing vocals
  • Jarred Pope – drums

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Label Peak chart positions
US
[11]
US Heat.
[12]
1993 Brother Cane Virgin 14
1995 Seeds 184 7
1998 Wishpool 40
"—" denotes that the recording did not chart

Compilations[edit]

Year Album Label
2004 The Best of Brother Cane[13] EMI

Singles[edit]

Year Song Peak chart positions Album
US Main. Rock
[14]
1993 "Got No Shame" 2 Brother Cane
"That Don't Satisfy Me" 6
1994 "Hard Act to Follow" 12
1995 "And Fools Shine On" 1 Seeds
"Breadmaker" 25
1996 "Voice of Eujena" 30
1998 "I Lie in the Bed I Make" 1 Wishpool
"Machete" 12

Music videos[edit]

Year Song
1993 "Got No Shame"
1994 "Hard Act to Follow"
1995 "And Fools Shine On"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sound Bites: Audio Reviews". Associated Press. Retrieved January 24, 2022.
  2. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "Brother Cane - Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved January 24, 2022.
  3. ^ "Music Scene: Whiskey Falls to make a splash at Juanita's". Arkansas Online. July 20, 2007. Retrieved January 24, 2022.
  4. ^ "Brother Cane Chart History". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Archived from the original on May 21, 2018. Retrieved May 6, 2018.
  5. ^ "Brother Cane Got No Shame Chart History". Billboard. Eldridge Industries. Archived from the original on May 21, 2018. Retrieved May 6, 2018.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g "Beloved Alabama rock band reuniting for 2022 shows, full 2023 tour". Alabama Life & Culture. March 3, 2022. Retrieved April 11, 2022.
  7. ^ Rossi, Dave. WRAX 107.7 The X. Live in the X Lounge III.
  8. ^ Damon Johnson: January 2006 SickthingsUK (January 2006). Retrieved on 1-31-10.
  9. ^ Classic Rock Revisited Interview DamonJohnson.com. Retrieved on 1-31-10.
  10. ^ "BLACK STAR RIDERS Parts Ways With DAMON JOHNSON, Welcomes STONE SOUR's CHRISTIAN MARTUCCI". Blabbermouth. September 17, 2018. Retrieved September 18, 2018.
  11. ^ "Brother Cane Chart History". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Archived from the original on May 21, 2018. Retrieved May 5, 2018.
  12. ^ "Brother Cane Chart History". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Archived from the original on May 21, 2018. Retrieved May 5, 2018.
  13. ^ "The Best of Brother Cane - Brother Cane". AllMusic. Retrieved May 5, 2018.
  14. ^ "Brother Cane Chart History". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Archived from the original on May 25, 2018. Retrieved May 5, 2018.

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