Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Super-Long Post With Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Deadstring Brothers!!! YAY!



600 Greensboro Avenue 205/758-5915

Doors 8pm Show 9pm

Tickets $5.00


Check out the video for "Meet Me at Heavy Load" Here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9N8mdblkwo

Deadstring Brothers are gearing up for the release of Silver Mountain on October 9th with a new video for "Meet Me At Heavy Load". The video for "Meet Me At Heavy Load" was filmed by Nick Hill for Lucky Airlines, the folks responsible for clips for Brendan Benson, Thunderbirds Are Now, Outrageous Cherry and Bad Wizard. Taking the Heavy Load party concept to a new level, it was filmed entirely inside a vintage elevator. Their appearance at one of their favorite US venues, the Bama Theatre is going to be very special – the band is filming a DVD that evening.

About the Deadstring Brothers

When the Detroit-based Deadstring Brothers released their critically-acclaimed U.S. debut, Starving Winter Report, in the winter of 2006, they took to the road, touring with sidemen on steel guitar while seeking a permanent collaborator with a shared vision. They found what they were looking for in London, where the Heavy Load club scene was packing in rock-and-roll fans who danced all night to bands like The Rolling Stones, The Black Crowes and The Allman Brothers . A bona-fide scene had developed that continues to grow today, where young players seeking kindred souls to play blues and country-tinged rock come together.

On meeting Spencer Cullum, a young pedal steel/guitar player with the love of warm, analog rock-and-roll, the band's mission was accomplished. Rounding out the lineup were Spencer's brother Jeff on bass and fellow Brit Patrick Kenneally on piano and organ. Their shared musical language is easily explained by a look back to the late 60's, when young players from both sides of the Atlantic took cues from Delta blues players like Blind Willie Johnson and Son House. The London scene that brought the current lineup of the band together is immortalized in Silver Mountain's "Meet Me Down at Heavy Load," a scorching number with equal measures of rock swagger and soulful vocals.

Recorded in the Deadstring Brother's own recording studio, Silver Mountain boasts the tunesmanship of The Faces and the barroom howl of The Band stewed together in homage to the blues of the American South and dancehalls of the urban factory North. Music like this formed the genesis of album-oriented FM rock—this record showcases high energy bluesy rave-ups and hymnal country ballads. Silver Mountain is a coming out party for sultry singer Masha Marjieh. Gritty and seductive, reminiscent of '60s era Tina Turner, Masha steps into the spotlight on eight of the 11 tracks, showcasing her hot-blooded and lustful voice, leaving no doubt that the biggest heart in the room now belongs to this soulful vocalist. Harmonica player Mickey Raphael also took a break from his place alongside the great Willie Nelson, contributing to "The Light Shines Within" and "Slow Down."

Raw and feverish, Silver Mountain is the sound of a band working at its peak, synthesizing common influences (regardless of one's birthplace) with a modern edge. Cut from jaws of Michigan steel, East London pubs and honed from months on the never-ending road, the Deadstring Brothers testify to the soul-saving grace of rock-and-roll.

Meet Me Down At Heavy Load

Much of the story behind Silver Mountain is the band's late nights at the Heavy Load, an underground club night in London's West End, where they met future Brother Spencer Cullum. Led by Heavy Load Rob and his very lovely wife, Hippy Karen, the Heavy Load debuted in 1999 and celebrates vintage rock music from the 60s to the mid-70s. It's music that really makes you feel at home, says Heavy Load Rob, and apparently he's right—Now in its 8th year, the Heavy Load is one of the most popular club nights in London, attracting an enthusiastic crowd, and in turn, defining a scene, much like the dance nights and local bands that played at The Factory eventually became part of rock history. It was only a matter of time before the Heavy Load's playlists from the past influenced a new breed of bands. Check out: http://www.theheavyloadclub.com/

Praise for Deadstring Brothers' Starving Winter Report:

"Imagine Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and Gram Parsons in their primes, transplanted to Detroit, laid off from the Ford plant, pissed off and ready to pound longnecks (if not rednecks) at the local saloon, and you'll have some idea of the emotional weight and sonic power of Starving Winter Report. There is no best song here; the whole album is great. It's loud, loose, ragged, and not far removed from a stomping, beer-swilling masterpiece." Andy Whitman, Paste Magazine

­­­­­­"Roaring guitars, rolling Fender Rhodes pianos, a steady back beat and a dozen masterfully penned tunes make Starving Weather Report one of the best straight ahead rock n' roll records of the new century." An Honest Tune

"The Deadstring Brothers' whiskey-drenched blend of Exile-era Stones and ragged nods to Gram Parsons is one of the strongest offerings of twangy Americana in years." Joshua Valocchi, Philadelphia Weekly

"The band has that ragged blues-meets-country-rock groove down cold, with plenty of slashing guitar work and a rhythm section that could pulverize concrete. They come charging out of the gate with attitude and energy to spare and a relentless mid-tempo thump that never lets up." J. Poet, Harp Magazine

"This is country rock n' roll with shitloads of soul…one of the most refreshing rock records to hit the shops in many months." David McPherson, American Songwriter

"With breathless urgency, the Brothers give the chilling impression that every note might well be their last, that at any second the car could veer off the edge of the road and explode on the rocks below." Nate Cavalieri, Metro Times

"What happened next was a revelation; the kind when you're realizing but not yet completely grasping the fact that you're discovering a great new band... Hit head on, every song is fantastic. Starving Winter Report is a masterwork. David Klug, Pop Culture Press

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