Starving Winter Report

Starving Winter Report

by Deadstring BrothersDeadstring Brothers


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It's difficult, if not impossible, to listen to Detroit's Deadstring Brothers and not flash back to Sticky Fingers/Exile on Main St.-era Rolling Stones. Lead singer/songwriter Kurt Marschke and harmony vocalist Masha Marjieh (who also plays a mean maracas and tambourine) have perfected their version of Jagger/Richards '70s sound. Which isn't to infer they are a second-rate Stones cover band. Rather the Deadstring Brothers find heat in the country that so invigorated the Stones during that period. It's a raucous combination of Gram Parsons and the Band (right down to a nifty version of Robbie Robertson's "Get Up Jake," a cool find and the disc's only cover) that provides the groove. The sound of Highway 61 Dylan also informs tracks such as "Talkin' Born Blues," whose pounding piano, slide guitar, and organ, along with Marschke's spitfire vocals, make the Bob connection inevitable. The unrelated Brothers bring their own energy to this sound, though, and the nine original songs that dominate the disc have a loose yet structured feel that transform good songs into great ones. The ballad "Blindfolded" has the same tensile, bubbling-under energy, especially when the pedal steel guitar glides in, that propelled "Wild Horses." Ross Westerbur's sympathetic keyboards emphasize both the honky tonk and rock, and help find the balance that makes this "country-rock" in the best sense of the often diluted genre. Each track is well performed, but Starving Winter Report works best as a cohesive album with every song building upon the last to yield a disc that is more than the sum of its impressive parts.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/21/2006
Label: Bloodshot Records
UPC: 0744302012629
catalogNumber: 126
Rank: 219868

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Deadstring Brothers   Primary Artist
Rayse Biggs   Trumpet
Edward Gooch   Trombone
David Mosher   Fiddle
Kurt Marschke   Dobro,Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals
Philip Skarich   Bass Guitar
Masha Marjieh   Percussion,Vocals
Ross Westerbur   Organ,Piano,fender rhodes
Eric Hoegemeyer   Percussion
Kurt Maschke   Dobro,Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals
E. Travis Harrett   Drums

Technical Credits

John Smerek   Engineer
Kurt Marschke   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Philip Skarich   Art Direction
Eric Hoegemeyer   Engineer
Kurt Maschke   Audio Production

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