Michael Carpenter and The Banks Brothers (Distro only)

Michael Carpenter and The Banks Brothers is a new collaboration between Carpenter, a well-respected producer, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Jy-Perry Banks - one of the country’s most in demand pedal steel players (also, dobro and guitar) and Zane Banks - a purist in the art of electric country picking, (also banjo and flat picked acoustic guitar). Based in Sydney, the trio have been gathering at Carpenter’s Love Hz Studios.

The three of them have bonded over their shared love of old school country records. When you talk about Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, Ray Price, Marty Stuart, The Flying Burrito Brothers, George Jones, Mike Nesmith, Johnny Paycheck and Junior Brown, that’s where the boys are heading. Carpenter says, “We want to tread the line between making a record that has the weight, courage and guts of a modern record, whilst still being respectful of the traditional country heritage that inspires us.”

The debut single “Honky Tonker” is a statement of intent for the trio. Initially a Carpenter solo track that had no home, but featured Jy-Perry on steel, the pieces all came together when Zane joined in to share the lead vocal and lead guitar duties. Carpenter explains, “I had the song finished but didn’t know what to do with it. Obviously a project of this sort was on my mind, so I asked Zane to come and sing it with me. It turned out so well, that the three of us decided to start a band!”

The trio have come together and written an album’s worth of brand new songs, ranging from honky tonk to bluegrass to straight old country rock. Recording has commenced and will be completed in the second half of 2020. The new ensemble is planning shows as soon as they can in the current social climate.