Deadstring Brothers: Kurt Maschke (vocals, guitar, dobro, mandolin); E. Travis Harrett (drums); Ross Westerbur, Masha Marjieh, Philip Skarich.
Personnel: Kurt Marschke (vocals, guitar, dobro, mandolin); Masha Marjieh (vocals, percussion); David Mosher (fiddle); Rayse Biggs (trumpet); Edward Gooch (trombone); Ross Westerbur (piano, Fender Rhodes piano, organ); Philip Skarich (bass guitar); Eric Hoegemeyer (percussion).
Audio Mixer: Al Sutton.
Recording information: Hideout; White Room, Detroit, MI.
It might be fair to say that Detroit's Deadstring Brothers have more than a passing acquaintance with the Rolling Stones' EXILE ON MAIN STREET (play "Lights Go Out" and EXILE's "Shine a Light" back to back for evidence)--but bands have had worse influences. On their debut album, singer and main songwriter Kurt Marschke performs a creditable Mick Jagger-gone-country impersonation on the pretty "Moonlight Only Knows," while the group also nods to the Band on Robbie Robertson's "Get Up Jake" and the Flying Burritos on "'Til the Bleeding Stops." Throughout, the Deadstrings inject their alt country with a healthy dose of rock & roll raunch.
Uncut (p.106) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "There's lashings of white soul among the country honk, augmented by fat horns, the keening vocal back-ups of Masha Marjeh and Ross Westebur's spiky organ runs."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.93) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[A] bright, passionate effort....It's never less than satisfying."