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The family that plays together stays together

And now it can be told: The first episode of “The Next Great Family Band” has hit the air. It’s been a fun project to be part of because I’ve been able to apply my music recording background, travel a bit, and meet some really nice, hospitable folks who make good sounds. (Which reminds me, I do need to finish up that travelog of our southern swing…) Seven of the fifteen opening round segments have production sound by yours truly, including The Homemade Jamz Blues Band from episode 1. (Segment starts around 2:05 of the linked video.)

As I started working on the project, I quickly realized that throughout music history there have been almost too many family acts to account for. Here’s an incredibly incomplete list of just the ones I can come up with off the top of my head. I invite you to add any others you can think of via the comments.

In very rough chronological order…

  • The Bachs
  • The Carter Family
  • The Trapp Family Singers
  • Mills Brothers
  • Lennon Sisters
  • The Andrews Sisters
  • The Staple Singers
  • Everly Brothers
  • Isley Brothers
  • The Shangri-Las
  • The Kinks
  • The Beach Boys
  • The Cowsills
  • Allman Brothers
  • Sly and the Family Stone
  • The Bee Gees
  • Soul Survivors
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Jackson 5
  • The Osmonds
  • Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose
  • Sister Sledge
  • Kate and Anna McGarrigle
  • Katia and Marielle Labèque
  • Sparks
  • Heart
  • Carpenters
  • The Roches
  • Devo (two pairs of brothers!)
  • AC/DC
  • Brecker Brothers
  • The Neville Brothers
  • Van Halen
  • INXS
  • The Judds
  • DeBarge
  • The Bangles
  • Ace of Base
  • Cowboy Junkies
  • Oasis
  • Stone Temple Pilots
  • The Breeders
  • Hanson
  • Kings of Leon
  • Echosmith


1: I’m not including the Partridge Family, since they weren’t a real family. I know this comes a shock to many of you…

2: John Garrett reminded me about Nelson, the third generation of the musical Nelson family (father Ricky, grandfather Ozzie) to have a number 1 hit.

3: Echosmith emerged in late 2013.

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