John Witherspoon: You and Me, Brother – “honesty of everyday life”

The Liverpool songwriter returns with new music in 2021.

Liverpool’s John Witherspoon finished 2020 strong, releasing his debut album, Showin’ Up, Startin’ Again before the year was out.

Currently working on his second record that is slated for release later this year, in the meantime Witherspoon reaches into the vaults to dust off an oldie.

You and Me, Brother is a song that has been rattling around at the bottom of Witherspoon‘s kit-bag for some time, but a discarded, crushed cigarette this is not.

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If anything, it’s a surprise that we haven’t been subjected to the splendour of You and Me, Brother much sooner.

John Witherspoon - You and Me, Brother

Not a world away from Witherspoon‘s folkey, alt-country homage, You and Me, Brother continues to meander down the same winding paths ventured during Showin’ Up, Startin’ Again. Those thoroughfares that lead to the raw emotional honesty of everyday life.

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While this may be the case, it’s worth pointing out that You and Me, Brother contains one of Witherspoon‘s finest choruses yet, matching the likes of Outlaw and Mr Low Down, which makes this release a lovely surprise, and one that makes you think, ‘why hasn’t this surfaced for public consumption sooner?’

You and Me, Brother is a fine song indeed, and sees Witherspoon maintain his position as one of the most underrated troubadours in Liverpool.

For a list of forthcoming tour dates, visit John Witherspoon’s website here.

By Simon Kirk

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