Harmonious friendship: Musicians in Brother Delta share a musical dream

Sam Lowe, left, and Carson Russell make up the musical duo Brother Delta. / Lauren Kalo, Times-News correspondent

By Lauren Kalo
Times-News correspondent

   Sam Lowe and Carson Russell are both 18, and have been friends since preschool when they met while attending Blessed Sacrament School (BSS). They became best friends in second or third grade and later figured out that they both shared a passion for making music. Their first performance was “Why Georgia” by John Mayer, which they performed at the BSS sixth grade talent show. They decided they liked performing together, and formed a band and started playing gigs together.
They chose the name the band “Brother Delta.”
Sam explained the deep meaning behind the band name: “I was in calculus at the time, and one of the symbols that was frequently used was the Greek letter Delta. The symbol represents change over time, and I thought there was a certain poetry to that. The brother part just came from how Carson and I feel about each other.
“Being able to grow up together and then grow up together again as musicians just brought us to the point where we felt like brothers. Put the two together into Brother Delta, and it had a nice ring to it. It just felt right.”
Both young men grew up in musical households. Carson learned how to play piano in third grade, then later learned guitar. Carson was inspired by John Mayer’s album, “Room For Squares.” Sam started playing because he grew up around music and felt a tendency to want to pick up and instrument and just play which he did in his middle school years. His family owns a downtown music store, Lowe Vintage Instrument Company. Both of them have musicians they idolize. Carson’s biggest idols are John Mayer, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and Dave Grohl. Sam’s are Bob Dylan, Lou Reed, and Jimi Hendrix.
They both have dream venues for performing.
“I have always loved smaller, more intimate venues, so my top choice would have to be the Bowery Ballroom in New York,” Sam said.
“Red Rocks Amphitheater would be cool, and so would Austin City Limits. There are so many great cities and venues for music though, and I would love to see them all,” Carson said.
In 10 years, Carson sees himself travelling across the world playing for many different audiences and Sam also hopes his future involves music. Brother Delta is playing from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Feb. 6 The Fat Frogg, 2009 Timberline Station Road, Elon. You also can like their page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BrotherDelta.

 Lauren Kalo is a junior at Western Alamance High School and a Teens & Twenties writer.

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