The Teskey Brothers

From left to right Brendon Love, Sam Teskey, Josh Teskey and Liam Gough

The Teskey Brothers will bring old-school soul to continue the Music on the Half Shell series on Tuesday.

Originating from the outskirts of Melbourne, Australia, Sam and Josh Teskey were exposed to 1960s American soul music from their parents’ record collection. They were immediately enamored.

The brother’s love for the sounds of Motown continued into their teen years where they spent long nights playing in the bungalow behind their house. Their passion made them accomplished musicians and eventually, talented songwriters.

The Teskey Brothers band formed in 2008 when the brothers were joined by Liam Gough on drums and Brendon Love on bass. The band gained its performing experience in pubs and backyard shows for the next eight years. Those years allowed them to form their own sound while still honoring the roots of the music they love.

“The Teskey Brothers are honoring an old Motown soul sound,” said Kelly Leonard, Music on the Half Shell committee member. “It’s hard to believe they are from the outback of Austrailia, but if you close your eyes, you’d be sure you were listening to great Memphis blues sound from 1967.”

“Half Mile Harvest,” the band’s first album, was released last year. According to the band’s website, the album was written by all four band members, recorded in their own home studio, self-produced and released independently.

The band has even earned a fan in Melbourne’s own Chris Hemsworth, who shared their song “Pain and Misery” on Instagram.

Roseburg is the band’s first Oregon stop as they tour America. A performance in Tokyo will conclude their summer performances.

“They are going to be a great show and I think people will love it,” Leonard said.

Guests can begin claiming spots at Stewart Park at 5 a.m. the day of the concert. Anything placed before that time will be removed. The concert kicks off at 7 p.m.

Parking is limited. Spots can be found at the park, in the paved lot connecting the YMCA to the softball fields on Stewart Parkway, and at Legion Field across from the park.

Vendors will be available for food purchases.

The Music on the Half Shell series continues July 24 with bluegrass band Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper.

Erica Welch is a community reporter for The News-Review. She can be reached at or 541-957-4218.

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