March 10, 2013 (Sunday)

Deadstring Brothers

Not unlike Exile-era Stones, Detroit’s Deadstring Brothers deliver a menacing sound that draws equally on the melancholy of country ballads and the abandon of rock and blues. The bands music is deeply rooted in the storytelling and instrumental traditions of Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, and the American Outlaw Movement, but is also informed by the song structure and understated aggression commonly associated with Detroit bands. Their haunting melodies reveal the influence of early 70s rock icons like The Band and Gram Parsons and The Faces. Deadstring Brothers live performances have the energy of guitar rock, but sophisticated arrangements, Hammond Organ and a focus on traditional American music separate them from many of their Detroit contemporaries. They have shared the stage with the likes of My Morning Jacket, Drive-By Truckers, and Cat Power. Now, they take the stage at Bear’s Den Pizza.

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