The Story of Blood Brother
After many years of writing and performing original music, and designing and building unique musical instruments, Philip Westfall was ready for the next big thing. He had fronted bands in Minnesota, but none of them were ever able to reach fruition before dissolving, nor were they able to tap in to the musical power that he had with his dearly departed brother. Philip had also built several one of a kind stringed instruments in an attempt to find a unique tonal accompaniment to his voice, but there was something missing.
Then, in the Spring of 2011 in Titusville, Florida, Philip met Lone Wolf. Lone Wolf was a mysterious, rambling, banjo slinging blues musician with the music of Robert Johnson in his blood. He had a fiery passion for playing music, matched only by his desire to invent new ways of sounding like a band all by himself. Lone Wolf played a banjo, a kick drum with a tambourine on it, and a harmonica. He played all three equally well... and FAST! On top of all that, he growled the blues in his inimitable way. His show was exciting, raw, and spectacular.
Philip soon decided that being a one man band was the new direction he must take, and he quickly began working on his instrumental set-up, his technique, and his sound. The kick drum was a necessity, and was sourced easily through a trip to nearby drummer's shed full of "junk". The stringed instrument should be a banjo, Philip thought, because the way Bruno used the head of the banjo to be the "snare drum" in the ensemble was key. The only problem was that Philip had a long standing love of the lower pitched instruments of the world such as basses, cellos, baritone guitars, and so on. Banjos are generally tuned with their lowest string one or even two octaves above those. Philip was an employee at Gold Tone however, where banjos are produced in every variety imaginable, and the 4 string cello banjo quickly became the obvious choice.
"I loved the sound of the cello banjo the first time I ever heard it played. It had the perfect range of the cello, but in a plucked, fretted instrument like I'm used to playing. In addition, the large 14" diameter body produces a superb, warm, resonant sound that is dark and haunting.