The Burrito Brothers

Keeping The Fans Happy

Review by Michael Oshust ~  March 31, 2020


The Flying Burrito Brothers are an American country rock band that formed in 1968 and invented country rock.

Founded by Ian Dunlop and Mickey Gauvin, the Flying Burrito Brothers were named after Gram Parsons informed them of his new country focus. With the original incarnation of the band (Ian and Mickey) out of the picture, the "West Coast" Flying Burrito Brothers were founded in 1968 by Gram Parsons and Chris Hillman. The Flying Burrito Brothers recorded their debut album 'The Gilded Palace of Sin.' 

'Burrito Deluxe' was the band's second album, and it was the last to feature Gram Parsons. The album has the Jagger/Richards single 'Wild horses' a year before the Rolling Stones released it on the album 'Sticky Fingers.' Mick Jagger later stated, "I remember we sat around originally doing this with Gram Parsons, and I think his version came out slightly before ours."

The band, now known only as The Burrito Brothers still tour and on March 27, 2020, they released a new album titled 'The Notorious Burrito Brothers'.


The current lineup consists of -

Chris James on keyboards/vocals/harmonica (2010 - present)

Tony Paoletta on pedal steel guitar/dobro/mandolin (2013 - present) 

Bob Hatter on all guitars/bass guitar/vocals (2017 - present)

Peter Young on drums/vocals/percussion (2015-2016, 2019 - present)

When someone would hear a Burrito Brothers song, you would say “hey, they have ‘that’ sound.” This new album continues with the band's legacy, and the album has 'that' sound.

All four members perform on every track except ' Do Right Man,' which features Ronnie Guilbeau on lead vocal and bass.

The first two songs are straight-up modern country rock tracks.


The album starts with a high energy track titled "Bring It," which, as Chris James stated, "is an introduction to the album." 


On "Sometimes You Just Can't Win," the band pays tribute to Gram Parsons. An old song he had in his notebook incorporates the idea of The Rolling Stones with an adapted lyric of Fred Neil. Gram Parsons never completed the song. Hence the dedication: Gram Parsons/Fred Neil/The Burrito Brothers. 


The third track, "Love Is A River," is a progressive rock song that evolved from pedal steel guitarist Tony Paoletta's instrumental motifs.


On "Do Right Man," Ronnie Guilbeau joins the band and provides lead vocals. Ronnie was in the group in the late '80s and early '90s.


The sixth track shows the band having fun. "Acrostic" is a poem or lyric in which first letters in each line form a word or words. The song lyrics are on the album artwork.


My mother told me, son

Another train’s gonna come

Keep eyes wide open

Educate, have fun, yeah


Use good sense if you have to fight

Stay strong yet loosely tight


Feel your way through life

All good things transpire

Mama says, “it’ll come your way”

Our father preaches, “let us pray”

Use these words, brother, may they 

Serve you well today


Weather the storms

Even the scores


Never give in, don’t dread

Ever the world can trip the head

Elevate thought, be kind, oh

Deliver the soul and the mind


Time is a healer

Or is it a stealer?


Beautiful dreamer

Evil will leave here 


Have you heard the sound of God?

Every word, the staff and rod

All the little children sing out proud

Ring them bells, “get off o’ my cloud”  

Dance ‘neath the diamond stars


Open up your heart, and

Know One  


The album finishes with "Wheels Of Fire." The song is the album's finale with references to classic greats in music history. Listening to the song, you hear references to The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, The Doors, The Rolling Stones, Neil Young, McCartney & Wings and many more.


The album is well written and is recorded live off the floor. It is an excellent album that fans can enjoy from end to end.

Track Listing

1. Bring It

2. Sometimes You Just Can’t Win

3. Love Is A River

4. Dark End Of The Street

5. Do Right Man

6. Acrostic

7. Gravity

8. Heart’s Desire

9. Wheels Of Fire

Special thank you to Chris James & Lappen Entertainment Cagan.

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