FLY! is the third release from Central Pennsylvania band Strange Brew. The members of the group are confident that this is their strongest material to date. Although it was not the band’s initial intent, the songs on FLY! are best understood and enjoyed when listened to as one continuous “suite” of music. Strange Brew continues to experiment in the studio with instrumentation and production techniques, providing the listener with yet another collection of songs highlighting their authenticity as musicians as well as their growth as songwriters.
The journey that has brought Keith to Strange Brew has been a long one. We could give you the rundown in great detail or just hit the highlights so you don’t fall asleep as you read this. Yeah, let’s just hit the highlights!
At an early age, it seemed the stage was where Keith felt most comfortable. Whether he was starring in the school play/musical or competing with his friends in the Mid-Atlantic Barbershop Quartet competition, bringing joy to others through performance brought the most joy to himself as well. After graduating from Millersville University with a Theatre degree, Keith took the leap towards making music his career.
After a successful run with local favorites Jack Shift, Keith joined Berks County, PA band Shame where he was able to learn and grow as a musician and producer. In his time with Shame and subsequent projects involving his long time friend and collaborator Peter Errich, he had the privilege of recording with the likes of Shelly Yakus, Henry Hirsch, Mike Newman and Rachel Alina.
After playing bass guitar for over 20 years, Keith has focused more on his rhythm guitar playing as of late. Along with Strange Brew, Keith continues to write songs with Peter Errich and other collaborators.
Keith owns a very large vinyl record/CD collection and believes Ryan Adams and Josh Rouse are the best singer/songwriters to emerge in the past 25 years. Along with the usual suspects (The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Neil Young, Radiohead), he also enjoys bands/artists that he feels deserve more national attention, like Parsonsfield, Dawes, Second Sky and Andrew Combs.
Just like when Bono said “Even his mother calls him The Edge”, the same holds true for Red (not sure if that is accurate but it sounds very cool!) Previous projects before emerging as the frontman for Strange Brew included Circa 7, Jack Shift and Rooster Stone, along with many other collaborations along the way.
The son of a pastor with musical talent, Red says he honestly can’t remember when he first started singing because he can’t recall a time he was NOT singing. He was trained at an early age by a woman named Dorothy Parmer. Red stopped singing and focused more on sports in high school and college until an injury led him to pick up the guitar his freshman year at Pitt. A few years later, he was playing in clubs and bars with his friends.
Red cites the start of his true musical education was when his best friend “Duck” gave him a copy of The Wall by Pink Floyd in high school. He recalls, “It really messed with me… in a good way”. Other influences include Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, and of course, The Beatles.
Red loves to travel to attend live music events throughout the country. He is a huge proponent of helping his fellow musicians in any way he can. Not only does he play rhythm and lead guitar, Red is also an avid student of the instrument itself.
With most of her previous experience in performance rooted in formal training, Anne is finally letting her inner rock star shine through! She has been trained on the following instruments through lessons: piano, mallet percussion, snare drum, violin and voice. More recent endeavors she has tackled on her own include ukulele, mandolin and melodica. Who knows what will come next? Truly, the Swiss Army knife of the group!
As a child, music was a part of every day at home for Anne. Her father listened to a wide variety of music from Duke Ellington & Miles Davis to Chet Atkins & John Denver. Her older sister exposed her to pop music (you know, back when it was actually GOOD). Boston, Billy Joel, Michael Jackson, Journey… the list goes on and on.
Anne credits her high school choir teacher/voice coach Dr. Alan Mudrik as the person who gave her the most confidence in her abilities and helped shape her as a musician. She also is grateful to her extended family for their support and encouragement, including her grandfather who was a musician as well.
Anne is a huge fan of the band Rush and admires the way they continued to evolve and challenge themselves musically. Currently, she is drawing a lot of inspiration from Samantha Fish for making a name for herself in a genre that does not always seem to take women seriously.
Aside from music, Anne is a proud mother whose hobbies include reading, video, and photography.
New Album FLY! from Central PA band Strange Brew set for June 2022 Release
Husband and wife duo Eric (“Red”) and Anne Morris, along with longtime friend/collaborator Keith Knowles, will drop their new album Fly! on June 3, 2022 on Bandcamp. This is the group’s third album. Knowles, who recently joined the band as a full time member, also produced the album, along with Steve Puffer from Parallel Productions Studio in Lancaster, PA. Lyrically, the album covers a range of topics including self discovery, loss and love.
For more information, contact Keith Knowles (firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit www.strangebrewofficial.com