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Silver Mountain

Raw and feverish, Silver Mountain is the sound of a band working at its peak, synthesizing common influences (regardless of one’s birthplace) with a modern edge.

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Raw and feverish, Silver Mountain is the sound of a band working at its peak, synthesizing common influences (regardless of one’s birthplace) with a modern edge. Cut from jaws of Michigan steel, East London pubs and honed from months on the never-ending road, the Deadstring Brothers testify to the soul-saving grace of rock n’ roll.

When the Detroit-based band released their critically acclaimed U.S. debut, Starving Winter Report, in the winter of 2006, they took to the road, touring with sidemen on steel guitar while seeking a permanent collaborator with a shared vision. They found what they were looking for in London, where the Heavy Load club scene was packing in rock n’ roll fans who danced all night to bands like The Rolling Stones, The Black Crowes and The Allman Brothers. A bona-fide scene had developed where young players seeking kindred souls to play blues and country-tinged rock come together. On meeting Spencer Cullum, a young pedal steel/guitar player with the love of warm, analog rock n’ roll, their mission was accomplished. Rounding out the line up were Spencer’s brother Jeff on bass and fellow Brit Patrick Kenneally on piano and organ. Their shared musical language is easily explained by a look back to the late 60’s, when young players from both sides of the Atlantic took cues from Delta blues players like Blind Willie Johnson and Son House. The London scene that brought this line-up of the band together is immortalized on the track“Meet Me Down at Heavy Load”, a scorching number with equal measures of rock swagger and soulful vocals.

Recorded in the Deadstring Brothers’ own recording studio in Detroit, Silver Mountain boasts the tunesmanship of The Faces and the barroom howl of The Band stewed together in homage to the blues of the American South and dancehalls of the urban factory North. Music like this formed the genesis of album-oriented FM rock - this record showcases high energy bluesy rave-ups and hymnal country ballads. Silver Mountain is also a coming out party for sultry singer Masha Marjieh. Gritty and seductive, reminiscent of sixties-era Tina Turner, Masha steps into the spotlight on 8 of the 11 tracks---check out "Tennessee Sure Enough" or "Queen Of The Scene," showcasing her hot-blooded voice, leaving no doubt that the biggest heart in the room now belongs to this soulful vocalist. Harmonica player Mickey Raphael also took a break from his place alongside the great Willie Nelson, contributing to “The Light Shines Within” and “Slow Down”.  And let's not overlook the killer version of Leon Russell's "You Look Like The Devil."

Holy Mother of Rock and Roll, too many to choose from.  You can't go wrong here.

BUT, if you're gonna stick a snub-nosed .38 in my ribs and force me to choose---a good starting point would be "Ain't No Hidin' Love," "Queen of the Scene," or "Tennessee Sure Enough"

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  • Their sound is a lusty thing that burns with guts and soul. It’s beefed up with Hammond organ, pianos, dobro and harmonica but their muscular conviction keeps it a sinewy affair, a hot ménage à trois between country, blues and rock & roll.

    — Orlando Weekly
  • With Silver Mountain successfully building upon the excellent rootsy rock ‘n’ roll of the band’s two previous albums, while also finding an invigorated voice through the rough-edged, soulful stylings of Marjieh, it appears the time has finally come for the Deadstring Brothers to go kick-ass and take numbers country-style down where the Delta meets Motor City via the Wild West End.

    — Popmatters.ocm
  • ...the exhilarating Silver Mountain rallies the group to epic blue-skies-over-dirt-roads rockers and elegiac ballads—-a crossroads where The Band meets the Allman Brothers, and nobody cares about heading home as long as Patrick Kenneally’s rollicking boogie piano feels its way toward dawn.

    — Nashville Scene
  • ...a disc that lives up and surpasses the high bar set by their debut...all adding up to one of the best rock records of 2007. It's a shame more people don't know about this kick-ass band.

    — Performing Songwriter
  • It's a sinewy, spiky album, but there's an honesty and warmth to these songs that takes them out of the realm of mere scrappy rock 'n' roll...An easy contender for the best Detroit -- and London! -- album of the year.

    — Detroit Free Press
  • Any band with a singer as hot and infernal as Masha ought to be famous or big enough to headline  a big-tent show at Wakarusa.  It's all Detroit soul, Southern rock and Delta blues -- more Stones and Faces than the Black Crowes.

    — Kansas City Star
  • In a time when the beast of rock and roll is searching for footing, trying like hell to find its next 20-year domain, few bands are offering much hope. The newer cash crop includes Kings of Leon, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, and a dark horse coming on strong called Deadstring Brothers.

  • Sexy, low-slung and soulful, balancing barroom sneer with near-blistering emotional heat in a way that evokes the best of the brothers Allman and Flying Burrito.

    — New Orleans Gambit Weekly

Track List

  • 1. Ain't No Hidin' Love
  • 2. Meet Me Down at Heavy Load
  • 3. If You Want Me To
  • 4. Queen of the Scene
  • 5. Tennessee Sure Enough
  • 6. Silver Mountain
  • 7. Some Kind of User
  • 8. You Look Like The Devil
  • 9. Slow Down
  • 10. Rollin' Blues
  • 11. The Light Shines Within


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