Balkun Brothers


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Balkun Brothers is an American rock n' roll power-duo hailing from Hartford, CT. Formed by blood brothers Nick and Steve Balkun, the duo mix heavy rock and funk grooves with traditional styles of delta and electric blues to create a unique sound and style all their own. Defying the common logic of a duo act, Steve and Nick create a massive wall of sonic energy that draws from a vast range of influences including Jimi Hendrix, Black Sabbath, Johnny Winter, The Doors, Rage Against The Machine, Primus, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Motörhead and many more.

Balkun Brothers' explosive live shows and gritty hard-rockin’ attitude have earned them a reputation as one of the USA’s premier duo acts at home and around the globe. They tour relentlessly across North America, and have made six trips to Europe. Along the way, they have shared the stage with legendary blues acts like Johnny Winter, James Cotton, Chris Duarte and Joe Bonamassa, on the one hand, and an eclectic array of artists such as George Lynch, Chris Robinson, Gogol Bordello, Devon Allman, Melvin Seals and JGB, Dub Trio and Dopapod that reflect the band’s cross-genre appeal, on the other. Balkun Brothers have also played major festivals in the U.S. and Europe alongside The Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder, Motley Crüe, Alice Cooper, Slayer, Iggy Pop, Gary Clark Jr. and Elvin Bishop.

The band's eclectic nature and ability to shift gears are also seen in the studio, where they seamlessly transition between rock, blues, funk, jam, punk, psychedelia and everything in-between. Balkun Brothers independently produced and released their debut album, ReDrova (2015), which rose to #1 on the Roots Music Report Blues-Rock album charts and hit #5 on the Roots Music Report overall Blues charts. They signed with European label Dixiefrog Records in 2015 and released their much-anticipated follow-up album, Devil On TV, in May of 2017. On the power duo's latest album, The Sun Studio Sessions, Balkun Brothers return to their rock and blues roots, paying tribute to their musical forefathers with ten raw and honest songs ranging from fast, up-tempo rock anthems to dirty, sweat-covered, backwoods delta blues. The album was recorded overnight, just how Sam Phillips used to do it with the blues legends, in the same room that captured countless hits, and was engineered by Sun Studios owner, Ples Hampton, using the same vintage soundboard, microphones and tape delays that Phillips utilized in the 1950s. Rapidly changing lanes, Balkun Brothers recorded their upcoming album, Here Comes The End Of The World, with legendary producer and engineer Steve Albini (Nirvana, The Pixies, Iggy Pop) at Electrical Audio in Chicago, IL. This recording mixes rock, thrash, doom and punk into a fast-paced, adrenaline-charged rampage that was mastered by Bill Skibbe (Jack White, The Black Keys, The Raconteurs) at Third Man Records in Detroit, MI, where Jack White himself sat in on the mastering session.

Awards and Accolades

Balkun Brothers have been voted 'Best Blues Band in Connecticut’ four times— 2013-2016— and was awarded 'Best Rock Band in New England' at the 2017 New England Music Awards.

“Spectacular torch-bearers for rockin’ American blues. The band brings a raw, soulful and energetic personality that is a fresh sound for blues and rock ’n roll.”

"Weaponized biker-bar blues-rock, big on riffage but with a touch of soul and psychedelic freakouts.” The Hartford Courant