The Mulligan Brothers started playing together five years ago in bars on Dauphin Street in Mobile and now play around the world. This summer The Mulligan Brothers are releasing their third studio album, Songs for the Living and Otherwise. The album brings joy and pleasure from dark songs about life, loneliness, death and spirituality. Lead singer/songwriter Ross Newell's warm, sincere voice brings out every emotion between pleasure and pain and makes you want to feel them over and over again.
"Recording and producing this album ourselves gave us the luxury of seeing the vision all the way through to the end without outside influences making us second guess ourselves," says Newell. "There is a new confidence in this album and we are thankful for the great people who support us and gave us the courage to try something new. It is freeing to let go and create an album that we will enjoy playing on the road every night."
The broader arrangements are driven by the band’s signature harmonies and dramatic transitions from drummer Greg DeLuca with Ben Leininger adding electric and upright bass and Melody Duncan on fiddle and piano. The band is evolving but the songs are still built around Newell's tight lyrics that stab you in the heart or define life in new ways. Songs of abuse and knowing a man like "the back of his hand" or coming home to a woman who makes him feel that "If you told me that heaven was just like tonight, then maybe I would start acting right."
Songs for the Living and Otherwise was mixed by Grammy-winning producer Trina Shoemaker (Sheryl Crow, Blues Traveller, Emmy Lou Harris, Dixie Chicks) at Dauphin Street Sound in Mobile and is the follow up to Via Portland and their debut album, The Mulligan Brothers.