‘Back to Our Roots’: New Country Music Group The Brethren Debut in Bend

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Saturday Night EP Launch Party at Silver Moon Brewing; band has its roots in Bend – and one of its most popular bands

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) — Two bands of brothers, lots of talent, and late-night music sessions have spawned a new powerhouse in country music. The best part – this band is bred by Bend!

The gang consists of four members: Chad and Lonnie Chapin and Corey and Casey Parnell. The Brethren are getting ready to show the world what it’s all about. It is a spin-off from the popular central Oregon band Precious Byrd, of which three of the four members are also a part.

The Brethren was born out of tough times, after the pandemic put the music industry on hold.

“We had to come up with solutions because the music was struggling,” lead singer Corey Parnell said on Friday. “But there was never really a plan B.”

For the love of music, these brothers got together to play for fun. Drummer Chad Chapin says they didn’t expect to be so pleased with the results.

“A few days later, just listening to it, it was like — ‘We’ve got something here,'” Chapin said.

Within two days, the group had written 10 songs.

“It was magical, and it was fun. And it took us back to our roots,” said electric frontman Casey Parnell.

All of them started playing music when they were children. Growing up in Bend, the band were influenced by small country Pacific Northwest grunge and their gospel roots – something that lead bassist Lonnie Chapin created in a unique style.

“All of us in the Brethren – we were born to play, sing, write and bring hope to people through music, and love to people through music,” Chapin said. “And that turned out to be much bigger than we ever imagined.”

Casey Parnell says succeeding in the music industry is just a bonus for The Brethren.

“We love the music, we love what it does, but we also love playing it together,” Parnell said.

Although they are now tied to Nashville, the band debuted in Bend.

“There’s no other place we could do this that makes sense like this,” Chad Chapin said.

The Brethren release their debut EP on Saturday, with a debut gig at Silver Moon Brewing in Bend. Not only is it a big day for the band, but it’s also their first live performance as a band. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the show starts at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10.

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