Jazz Fest: The Mulligan Brothers' Conscious Engineering

[Updated] “I’m kind of a tinkerer,” explains The Mulligan Brothers' guitarist/lead vocalist Ross Newell. When the band (Gram Rea, fiddle, mandolin, viola, harmonica and vocals; Ben Leininger, bass and vocals; and Greg DeLuca, drums and vocals) decided to add an upright bass, Newell built one from two suitcases. “I woke up one night, couldn’t sleep, and started piecing it together and built it overnight, never thinking that it would become a road instrument.” He pauses as if reciting a legend.