Spencer Bohren + Paul Sanchez + Jim McCormick + Alex McMurray

First Flight CD Cover

The Write Brothers: Crescent City Collaboration

Tuesday, Aug 4, 2015
by | No Depression

Names like Fats Domino, Dave Bartholomew, Allen Toussaint, Earl King, and Dr. John a.k.a. Mac Rebennack come to mind when talking about hit songs emanating from New Orleans. Over the past few years, however, the biggest hits from a Big Easy songwriter have come from the pen of Jim McCormick.

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Write Bros "First Flight" Reviewed

Monday, Jul 20, 2015
by | Nola Defender

When I first heard of this project, I wondered if it would ever happen! Getting some of the best songwriters and musicians in New Orleans to record an album together, putting their talents on tracks and their egos on the side, would be no easy feat. But Spencer Bohren, Jim McCormick, Alex McMurray and Paul Sanchez a.k.a. the Write Brothers managed to put together "First Flight" this winter. I've listened to every track, note and word and offer this as my humble opinion.

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Nola.com: Write Brothers told good musical stories at French Quarter Fest 2015

Friday, Apr 10, 2015
by | New Orleans Times Picayune - Nola.com

French Quarter Fest 2015 dished up a perfect Friday afternoon (April 10) for the four New Orleans songwriters -- Spencer Bohren, Jim McCormick, Alex McMurray and Paul Sanchez -- who team up as The Write Brothers band.

The Tropical Isle Hand Grenade Stage, set on the New Orleans riverfront, proved an intimate, acoustically satisfying setting for a show where the lyrics were as important as the foursome's energetic guitar arrangements. But this setting was so much better than that: a sweeping view of Algiers Point and the Mississippi River, which put most stadium light shows to shame. It...

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Offbeat Magazine Cover Story!


Monday, Mar 2, 2015
by | Offbeat Magazine

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before.

Jim McCormick is sitting in his Metairie living room late at night channel surfing. He stops at the George Harrison documentary, watches for a while, drifting in and out of half-sleep. Gradually, the bearded George morphs into Jesus and reaches out from the TV set to command McCormick: “You will form a band…a band of brothers. You will call it…the Righteous Brothers, scratch that, that name’s taken…make it the Right Brothers, but spelled W-R-I-T-E…”


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The Write Brothers

Formed in 2014, the Write Brothers are Spencer Bohren, Jim McCormick, Alex McMurray and Paul Sanchez, four of New Orleans’ finest songwriters who have traveled very different roads to becoming critically and commercially acclaimed tunesmiths and performers. With over a century’s worth of experience between them, the Write Brothers have rendered songs in the genres of rock, folk, blues, country, and rhythm and blues. These four distinct voices find common ground in their love of songwriting and of performing. Their debut album, First Flight (Threadhead Records), is available now.

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Alex McMurray

Guitarist and singer Alex McMurray has been writing and performing music professionally in New Orleans for 25 years. Past and current bands include Tin Men, The Valparaiso Men's Chorus, Royal Fingerbowl, 007, Debbie Davis and the Mesmerizers and Happy Talk Band. He has released three CDs of his own music, and has worked as a sideman with Paul Sanchez, Johnny Sansone, Ingrid Lucia, "Papa" John Gros, Lynn Drury and many others. He spent six months performing sea shanties as "Cap'n Sandy" at Tokyo DisneySea. Awards include a 2014 Big Easy award for best Roots Rock and 2010 Big Easy award for Album of the Year. He was seen and heard on the HBO series "Treme" several times. He is currently keeping busy with his many projects, including "The Write Brothers. 


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Jim McCormick

Jim McCormick recently celebrated two #1 songs on the Billboard country charts: Jason Aldean's “Take A Little Ride,” which spent 3 weeks in the top position, and Brantley Gilbert's "You Don’t Know Her Like I Do." McCormick’s songs also have been recorded by Luke Bryan, Tim McGraw,  Keith Urban, Jamey Johnson, Randy Travis, Ronnie Milsap, and many others. He is a staff songwriter at BMG Chrysalis, and his album, the Middle of the River, is available on iTunes or at jimmcormicksongs.com

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Paul Sanchez

In January of 2010 Off Beat Magazine awarded Paul Sanchez three Best of The Beat Awards: Songwriter of The Year, Best Song of The Year, Best Folk/Rock Album for Stew Called New Orleans, his duet record with friend and collaborator John Boutte. In April of that same year Gambit Weekly awarded him Best Roots Rock Performer at The Big Easy Awards. Sanchez has written songs for Darius Rucker of Hootie and The Blowfish, The Eli Young Band, and Irma Thomas. Paul resides in the Treme neighborhood with his wife Shelley, where he sings and breathes everything New Orleans. 


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Spencer Bohren

Spencer Bohren played with rock, country and blues bands throughout the western US before moving to New Orleans in the the mid-1970s. Since 1984 he has performed over one hundred concert tours in nearly every country on the European continent. He’s made 16 albums which are available at SpencerBohren.Com and continues to tour Europe and the US regularly as a musician, educator and storyteller.


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Past Shows

The Write Brothers

Thursdays at Twilight Garden Concert Series - Pavillion of the Two Sisters

Thursday, Mar 31, 2016

6 pm
City Park Botanical Garden
City Park
New Orleans, LA

Dig the Write Brothers while sipping a Mint Julep in the gardens. $10.

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Sunday, Dec 6, 2015

Silverhill, AL

Had a great time here last time. Looking forward to playing in this beautiful spot. Hey Cathe!

The Write Brothers

Friday, Dec 4, 2015

430 Lamarque St.
Mandeville, LA

A beautiful old dance hall. Amazing sound and vibe. Should be a good night.

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Friday, Sep 4, 2015

2401 Florida Blvd
Baton Rouge, LA
(225) 939-7783

Our first time in ol' B.R....high hopes!

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Thursday, Aug 27, 2015

925 Camp St.
New Orleans, LA

The Bros are very proud to have been invited to the Ogden After Hours series.


First Flight

The Write Brothers

Cup Full of Soul
Broken Lines
Lost Eskimo
Too Many Times
New Orleans
J. McCormick
Jet Black and Jealous
P. Sanchez
The Ballad of Lito Benito
Losin' You
S. Bohren / J. McCormick / P. Sanchez
Wedding Day
A. McMurray
Borrowed Time
S. Bohren
We'll Be Together Again
Artwork for First Flight
You’re holding in your hand the result of an idea for a good time that wouldn’t go away. Simple beginnings. I wanted to hear Robert Earl Keen’s “The Road Goes on Forever” and dug up the Highwaymen’s version late one night. (Funny, later I would realize I was singing “the road never ends” in Spencer’s song.) Songwriters singing each other's songs: that's a good time. Songwriters in New Orleans: there's plenty of great ones. I was just daydreaming. But the next day I was reaching out to three friends who happen to be three of the best songwriters I know in my hometown. Soon, we were hanging out around a kitchen table, writing songs and lining up recording dates. It got fun quick. And it was over all too quick. I don’t know if I’ve ever laughed as much making a record, or if we four will make another record. But, hey, the road never ends. Happy listening!

Jim McCormick, New Orleans, 2015

produced by Mark Bingham

Engineered by Chris George and Daniel Majorie
Mixed by Mark Bingham
Mix assistant: Albert Fish

Mastered by David Gasser at Airshow Mastering, Boulder, CO

Andre Bohren - drums, percussion, keyboard
Dave Pomerleau - acoustic bass