For Kingwood natives Blake and Taylor Powell, sibling rivalry is highly overrated. The alternative is putting them on the country and Americana charts.
The Powells — Taylor on lead vocals, Blake on lead guitar — grew up with music, thanks to a dad who played bass guitar in a church band and an uncle who was a bluegrass musician. Add further influence with a 15-piece Kingwood High School jazz band with Tower of Power in its playlist and post-high school music studies at Berklee College of Music in Boston, and you see music is a major part of their lives.
They performed together as a backing duo for other bands in 2006, but largely followed separate paths as writers, producers and instrumentalists until 2014 when, on the verge of career moves that would take Blake to Nashville and split the two, they decided they had enough talent and experience between themselves to make the Powell Brothers a group.
“We’ve been songwriters a long time. We knew we had the material,” Taylor said.
The decision is paying off as the Powell Brothers, joined by Joseph Daniel on bass and Chad Tolar on keyboards, are rising in visibility in country circles. Their first radio single, “Four Star Hotel,” landed on Texas country play charts and the brothers followed it up with their EP “Introducing . . . The Powell Brothers.”
A full album is in the works with release anticipated for early 2018 — Hurricane Harvey flooded the studio where they record and ruined what they had already recorded — but the Powells have found open ears to their blend of country, Americana and rock. They come to Waco (8:30 p.m. Saturday, The Backyard) with a recently released single, “Coming Home,” and a past year filled with shows at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Petco Park in San Diego and Globe Life Park in Arlington. They’re also lined up to perform at the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio.
Sharing the spotlight with sports teams and athletes doesn’t bother Taylor. There’s more ahead, as well: The Powell Brothers are booked to play Rodeo Houston, Rodeo Austin and the San Antonio Rodeo in 2018.
“Every sporting event we’ve been to has been a blast,” said Blake. “Everybody is in a good mood.”