Internationally touring rock n’ roll band, Balkun Brothers, is made up of older brother, Steve, on guitar, vocals and thumb-bone bass, alongside younger brother, Nick ‘The Hammer’ on drums and vocals. The band, formed in 2010, is reinventing the term “power duo” with their heavy hitting, new-age brand of psychedelic rock n' roll.
Brewed in a caldron of face-melting guitar riffs that are met with a wall of earth quaking bass drum hits, their ferocious flaming meteor of a duo, breeds a ruthless rebellion of rock n’ roll. Known for their explosive live shows that go from 0 to 100 in the blink of an eye, the brothers grew up studying the likes of Son House, Johnny Winter, Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters, then smashing those together with Motorhead, Primus, Rage Against the Machine, The Doors, Motley Crue and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
In a day and age where the world is in dire need of true rock n’ roll, the Balkun Brothers are bringing the people what they want: hard-nosed, dirty, mammoth sounds that have been invading the ear-holes of fans from coast to coast across the globe and changing lives one head bang at a time.
Following in the footsteps of their delta-blues, rock and metal forefathers, Steve and Nick have been crushing stages since their early teens. Known for marathon concerts that can last up to 5 hours, the two brothers have been developing a sound that few can compare to or even attempt to comprehend.
Steve’s self-built, custom baritone and resonator guitars are on full throttle from the first note he plays each night on stage through BOTH his guitar and bass amps simultaneously, while Nick’s thunderous drum beats meet his brother at center stage for one colossal monster truck of a band. Their shattering low end has been catching the eyes of many who can’t seem to understand how a duo can make so much noise. With a musical range that spans into hip hop and funk fusion without missing a beat, audiences are left speechless at live shows that serve up smashed guitars, dinosaur-like power and lyrical content that is more relevant in today’s society than ever before.
After being voted 'Best Blues Band in Connecticut' at the Connecticut Music Awards 4 years in a row (from 2013-2016), the band was also awarded 'Best Rock Band in New England' at the 2017 New England Music Awards. Steve Balkun was also hand selected by Joe Bonamassa to join him on stage in Los Angeles, CA as part of the Guitar Center Blues Masters competition in 2013 after being voted a grand finalist at the 2013 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN.
The Balkun Brothers have shared the stage with acts such as Gary Clark Jr., Johnny Winter, Joe Bonamassa, George Lynch, Chris Robinson, James Cotton, Gogol Bordello, Devon Allman, Melvin Seals and JGB, The Mike Dillon Band, Dub Trio, Dopapod and many more. The duo has also been featured on major festival line-ups alongside The Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder, Linkin Park, Motley Crüe, Alice Cooper, Slayer, Iggy Pop and Elvin Bishop.
Brothers Nick and Steve, independently produced and released their debut album in 2015 entilted, 'ReDrova', which was well received and rose to #1 on the Roots Music Report Blues-Rock album charts and was #5 on the Roots Music Report overall Blues charts.
Balkun Brothers signed with European label Dixiefrog Records in 2015 and released their much-anticipated second album, 'Devil On TV', with Dixiefrog in May of 2017.
On their mission to spread rock n' roll across the universe, the brothers have toured extensively throughout the United States from coast to coast. The band has also completed six European tours since 2015, performing in Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and France.
After releasing two albums on French record label, Dixiefrog Records, The Balkun Brothers returned to their rock and blues roots on the power duo's 2019 album, ‘The Sun Studio Sessions’, which was recorded in Memphis, TN at Sun Studios. The brothers paid tribute to their musical forefathers with songs ranging from fast, up-tempo rock anthems to dirty, sweat-covered, backwoods delta blues.
Completing a full United States tour in early 2020 and playing at famed venues such as The Whiskey A Go-Go and The Viper Room in Los Angeles, CA, the power duo from Hartford, CT, returned to the studio alongside legendary producer, Steve Albini, to channel grunge, punk and rock on their upcoming new album, ‘Here Comes The End Of The World’, available on Aisa Music and Auto Bon Records. Balkun Brothers new album mixes rock, thrash, doom and punk all into one fast-paced adrenaline covered rampage. The high-energy songs reveal the band's versatility in the studio and their in-your-face attitude bleeds true rock n' roll into the listener’s ears with every note. The power duo's latest body of work was produced, recorded and mixed on analog tape by legendary engineer, Steve Albini (Nirvana, The Pixies, Iggy Pop), at Electrical Audio in Chicago, IL and mastered by Bill Skibbe (Jack White, The Black Keys, The Raconteurs) at Third Man Records in Detroit, MI. Both Albini and Skibbe are veterans of the music business and have number one albums with a variety of artists including Jack White's latest album 'Boarding House Reach'. White even attended Balkun Brothers' mastering session.
Balkun Brothers have performed at many prestigious venues
across the United States and Europe, including:
The Iridium Jazz Club – New York City, NY
BB King’s Blues Club – New York City, NY
The Bitter End – New York City, NY
Cafe Wha? – New York City, NY
Fairfield Theatre Company – Fairfield, CT
Mohegan Sun Casino – Uncasville, CT
Infinity Music Hall – Hartford/Norfolk, CT
Black Eyed Sally’s – Hartford, CT
Toad’s Place – New Haven, CT
Ridgefield Playhouse – Ridgefield, CT
Nectar’s – Burlington, VT
Johnny D’s – Boston, MA
Chan’s – Woonsocket, RI
Daryl’s House -Pawling, NY
Putnam Den – Saratoga Springs, NY
Time Out Pub – Rockland, ME
Callahan’s – Auburn Hills, MI
The Double Door Inn – Charlotte, NC
Orpheum Theatre – Memphis, TN
The Nick - Birmingham, AL
New Morning Jazz Club - Paris, France
Cabaret Sauvage – Paris, France
Quasimodo Jazz club – Berlin, Germany
North Sea Jazz Club – Amsterdam, Netherlands
Spirit of 66 - Verviers, Belgium
The Blues Garage - Isernhagen, Germany
…and many others.
The band has been featured on a variety of festivals, including:
Summerfest – Milwaukee, WI
Rocklahoma – Pryor, OK
Cognac Blues Passions Festival – Cognac, France
Bowers & Wilkins Rhythm and Blues Festival – Halle, Germany
Cultura Rock Festival – Rieberg, Germany
Suncoast Blues Festival – Sarasota, FL
Daytona Blues Festival – Daytona Beach, FL
Kaiserslautern Blues Festival – Kaiserslautern, Germany
Cocoa Village BBQ & Blues Fest – Cocoa Beach, FL
Big Bend Blues & Brews Bash – Pomeroy, OH
2 Left Feet Blues Festival – Simsbury, CT
Black Eyed and Blues Fest – Hartford, CT
Strangecreek Campout Music Festival – Greenfield, MA
Wormtown Music Festival – Greenfield, MA
Gypsy Moon Blues Festival – East Petersburg, PA
Blues At The Beach Music Festival – Stratford, CT
Harry Brown’s Hill Festival – Starks, ME
Backwoods Pond Fest – Peru, NY
Rock N’ Roll Resort – Kerhonskon, NY
Yellow Phone Music Festival – Milwaukee, WI
Launch Music Festival – Lancaster, PA
Dewey Beach Music Festival – Dewey Beach, DE
Awards and accolades include:
2019 Winner of Connecticut Blues Society Solo/Duo Challenge
2017 Best Rock Band in Hartford - Hartford Courant
2017 Best Rock Band In New England – New England Music Awards
2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 Best Blues Band In Connecticut – CTnow.com & CT Music Awards
2016 Nominee for Best Rock Band In New England – New England Music Awards
2016 Best Percussionist In Connecticut – Percussive Arts Society Of America
2015 Best Overall Band In Connecticut – CTnow.com & CT Music Awards
2015 Nominee for Best Band In Connecticut – New England Music Awards
2014 Top Emerging Artist – Summerfest Music Festival – Milwaukee, WI
2014 Winner of Connecticut Blues Society Band Challenge
2013 Winner of Massachusetts Blues Society Solo/Duo Challenge
2016, 2012 Winner of Connecticut Blues Society Solo/Duo Challenge
Semi Finalist at the 2015 International Blues Challenge – Memphis, TN
Semi Finalist at the 2014 International Blues Challenge – Memphis, TN
Grand Finalist at the 2013 International Blues Challenge – Memphis, TN
Finalist in 2013 Guitar Center Bluesmaster Competition – Los Angeles, CA