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Published:October 22nd, 2007 13:24 EST
Deadstring Brothers Release Silver Mountain

Deadstring Brothers Release Silver Mountain

By Jessica Baird

Following up the release of their debut record, Starving Winter Report, the Deadstring Brothers are back with a classic rock tour de force with their sophomore effort, Silver Mountain.

The members of Deadstring Brothers are half rough and ready Detroit, and the other half blues and classic rock influenced Londoners. This combination makes Silver Mountain an unabashed tribute to the grittier days of rock ‘n roll, complete with open road anthems, and boozy dance hall beats.

Deadstring Brothers, composed of vocalist Masha, vocalist and guitarist Kurt Marschke, drummer E. Travis Harrett and London-bred steel-guitarist Spencer Cullum, bassist Jeff Cullum and pianist Patrick Kenneally, came together in the name of blues-influenced rock ‘n roll.

On standout track “Queen of the Scene,” Masha howls, “Sugar, sugar you sure are makin’ me scream,” with such intensity and soul you’d think she was an illegitimate daughter of Ike and Tina.

Fellow vocalist Marschke also channels other rock ‘n roll icons, such as Mick Jagger, on “If You Want Me To.” The vocal and tune are reminiscent of the Rolling Stones track “No Expectations” from their classic album Beggar’s Banquet.

The band sounds like a well-oiled machine after years on the road, and countless gigs in smoke-filled, whiskey-drenched venues. The track “Heavy Load” was inspired by a London night club of the same name where the group’s line-up was finalized after meeting steel-guitarist extraordinaire Spencer Cullum.

Throughout Silver Mountain, Deadstring Brothers showcase their musical influences like badges of honor. Although the group is heavily influenced by classic rock greats like The Allman Brothers and Rolling Stones, they also rely greatly on stripped down country. “You Look Like the Devil,” the most country-inspired tune on Silver Mountain, sounds like a song Johnny and June could have recorded and belted out at the Grand Ole Opry.

Thanks to stunning vocals and arrangements, the tracks on Silver Mountain sound familiar even upon first listen. This makes the Deadstring Brothers a true testament to the Gods of rock ‘n roll who they so admire.