Bria reveal how a 1963 Epiphone Casino and their decade-long musical relationship led to their "accidental" debut EP

(Image credit: Brent Goldman)

Though Cuntry Covers Vol. 1 is the debut EP from Toronto’s Bria, you could look at the six-song collection as a reintroduction of sorts. As its title suggests, the record finds guitarists Bria Salmena and Duncan Hay Jennings gracefully remodeling tracks from the likes of Lucinda Williams and Waylon Jennings. 

While the past few years have seen the pair playing as part of masked country crooner Orville Peck’s live band, Cuntry Covers Vol. 1 puts Salmena back on the mic as a frontperson (she also handles vocals in her and Jennings’ post-punk unit, FRIGS). And, in terms of Bria’s recent run of North American dates supporting UK alt-rockers Wolf Alice, the sets have Salmena once again toting a treasured – if temperamental – 1963 Epiphone Casino for the live show.

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Gregory Adams

Gregory Adams is a Vancouver-based arts reporter. From metal legends to emerging pop icons to the best of the basement circuit, he’s interviewed musicians across countless genres for nearly two decades, most recently with Guitar World, Bass Player, Revolver, and more – as well as through his independent newsletter, Gut Feeling. This all still blows his mind. He’s a guitar player, generally bouncing hardcore riffs off his ’52 Tele reissue and a dinged-up SG.