Starving Winter Report

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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/21/2006
  • Label: Bloodshot Records
  • UPC: 744302012629
  • Catalog Number: 126
  • Sales rank: 244,065

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sacred Heart (4:16)
  2. 2 Toe the Line (3:41)
  3. 3 Lights Go Out (4:44)
  4. 4 Get Up Jake (3:07)
  5. 5 Talkin' Born Blues (4:22)
  6. 6 Blindfolded (3:43)
  7. 7 Moonlight Only Knows (3:10)
  8. 8 'Til the Bleeding Stops (3:47)
  9. 9 All Over Now (3:54)
  10. 10 Lonely Days (4:04)
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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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