Roll Me, Tumble Me

Roll Me, Tumble Me

by The Deadly Gentlemen
     
 

Boston's the Deadly Gentlemen, led by banjoist and songwriter Greg Liszt, formerly of the alternative bluegrass outfit Crooked Still, may look like an old-time string band or bluegrass outfit on-stage, but the group's sound, which began as a kind of spoken word rap twisted around traditional tunes with a dose of punk energy and attitude,…  See more details below

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Boston's the Deadly Gentlemen, led by banjoist and songwriter Greg Liszt, formerly of the alternative bluegrass outfit Crooked Still, may look like an old-time string band or bluegrass outfit on-stage, but the group's sound, which began as a kind of spoken word rap twisted around traditional tunes with a dose of punk energy and attitude, has evolved into a much smoother and thought-out folk-pop sound on this set, their third album, and first for Rounder Records. It's not that the band has lost its edge, though, just honed it to fit around Liszt's literate and melodic songs, and on Roll Me, Tumble Me, they've become essentially a rootsy pop
ock band that just happens to play acoustically. Liszt's songs, when he's at his best as a songwriter, are poignant, full of restless regret, loss, and distant memories, but are always oddly hopeful, and tracks here like the opener, "I Fall Back," "All the Broken Pieces," and the closer, "Falsehearted Anthem," rise above the resignation and melancholy that a lesser songwriter might well saddle them with and soar with a haunting grace. This isn't bluegrass by any means, although the same instrumentation is used, but it is string band music, a thoroughly modern version of it that features songs that muse and flow inward. The old string bands of the previous century were more concerned with keeping people dancing than dealing with any personal internal or emotional issues. The Deadly Gentlemen hope to do both, but this set is truthfully more about reflection than twirling about.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/09/2013
Label:
Rounder / Umgd
UPC:
0011661917422
catalogNumber:
619174
Rank:
215202

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Deadly Gentlemen   Primary Artist
Greg Liszt   Banjo,Baritone (Vocal),Group Member
Michael Barnett   Fiddle,Vocals,Group Member
Sammy Grisman   Double Bass,Group Member
Stash Wyslouch   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Dominik Leslie   Mandolin,Group Member

Technical Credits

Erick Jaskowiak   Engineer
Greg Liszt   Composer,Producer,Vocal Engineer,Vocal Producer
Deadly Gentlemen   Arranger
Michael Barnett   Vocal Engineer,Vocal Producer
Joe Stewart   Vocal Engineer
Stash Wyslouch   Vocal Engineer,Vocal Producer
Larisa Collins   Art Direction

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