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The Deadly Gentlemen – Bluegrass, Americana – Free Download…

The Deadly Gentlemen have recorded their first album “Carry Me To Home” – it was be released in January 2011.

The complete album was available as a pre-release for free download from the bandcamp homepage – the only thing you had to do is to register for the band newsletter with your email address.

I had found this information in the Gitarrengurte-Blog, a German blog that wrote about music including bluegrass and americana and has some interesting posts about bands touring in Germany – but this blog does no longer exist.

You can listen to the complete album now with grooveshark – here is my grooveshark widget:

The members of The Deadly Gentlemen are

Greg Liszt, banjo and vocals;

Stash Wyslouch, guitar and vocals;

Mike Barnett, fiddle and vocals;

Dominick Leslie, mandolin and vocals;

Sam Grisman, double bass and vocals.

The band describes itsself on the band homepage:

Instead of having a lead singer, we use a nonstop orchestration of somewhat unconventional vocals, with everybody in the band doing everything they can. Expect a lot of three-part harmony singing, group shouting, really dense rhymes and an almost rap-like phrasing.

Most of the songs on our new CD are reinventions of traditional folk songs, but you might not notice that if you weren’t a big folk music enthusiast.

The Deadly Gentleman is a band of the youngest generation of musicians – musicians that grew up in the environment of bluegrass and americanan during the last 5 years. Greg Liszt has developed his own banjo style. Dominick Leslie is one of the young mandolin heroes, and Sean Grisman, son of David Grisman has definitivly got the best influences from bluegrass, dawg and jazz music. All 5 band members sing, and they produce a sound that reminds me sometimes to the songs of the Avett Brothers. The Deadly Genlemen have already developped their own style, with the adding of influences from Rap and Metal Rock to Bluegrass, Americana and Folk.

The CD “Carry Me To Home” includes some interesting songs, my favorites at the moment are the Title track and especially the last track “Moonshiner”. Do not miss to download this pre release of “Carry Me To Home”.


Here is a video of Moonshiner from a concert last year:

Moonshiner – The Deadly Gentlemen

The Deadly Gentlemen performing the hit “Moonshiner” at a small pub in Copenhagan, July 2nd 2009.

Gregory Liszt’s Deadly Gentlemen performing Hobo Rockstar live at the Cluny2 in Newcastle

This is their first gig in England. Mike Barnett on fiddle, Stash Wyslouch on guitar, Sam Grisman on bass, and Greg Liszt on vocals and banjo.

Deadly Gentlemen with Sarah Jarosz

More Information

Homepage: http://www.deadlygentlemen.com/

Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/deadlygentlemen

youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/deadlyge

Videos with The Deadly Gentlemen: http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=%22deadly+gentlemen%22&aq=f

And finally a special video:

Christmas with the Deadly Gentlemen

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The Avett Brothers

I have first heard the Avett Brothers in a recording from the Merlefest 2008, and I liked their music very much. The Avett Brothers have a very special style which is mainly composed of their unique singing style and the instruments guitar, a banjo, a violoncello (played in a standing position) and a double bass. Sometimes they sound a bit like the early Beatles, mixed with some Punk and some singer/songwriter elements like Bob Dylan.

The latest CD has also been released in Germany – I am curious if the Avett Brothers bill be successful in Germany too and if they will make a German tour some time. Some songs might please the Germans, but in general I think the Avett Brothers are a little bit too special for a real big success in Germany.

Here is my special selection of the songs and videos by the Avett Brothers that I like most:

Avett Brothers – Murder in the City

The Avett Brothers – January Wedding LIVE

4/16/10, Outdoor Theatre Stage, Coachella 2010.

Playlist with more videos by the Avett Brothers

The Avett Brothers In Concert: Newport Folk Festival 2010

Seth and Scott Avett’s accessible mix of bluegrass, rock and folk has helped make rising roots-music stars of the photogenic North Carolina brothers, but the real draw is the pair’s rich, frenetic live shows with bassist Bob Crawford. As The Avett Brothers’ incessant touring takes the band through a laundry list of 2010’s summer festivals — click here for a dynamite show from Bonnaroo back in June — mega-stardom seems tantalizingly within reach. Last year’s I and Love and You is a real sleeper; an album with a lot to say about human behavior, big-hearted devotion and the desire to achieve simple goodness. Here, the band performs live at the Newport Folk Festival in Newport, R.I.

Additional information

Website of the Avett Brothers: http://www.theavettbrothers.com


Uncle Earl – Americana / Oltime / Roots Music…

Uncle Earl is currently touring through Germany, last Friday the group composed of five women played their second concert of this tour. During the next weeks the group will play in Germany and Switzerland. All tour dates can be found on the myspace site of  Uncle Earl: http://www.myspace.com/uncleearl

UNCLE EARL Live in Germany 2010

The concert in Freiburg took place in the Wodan Halle, part of the local Ganter brewery that is regularly used for folk, country, bluegrass, rock or  singer songwiter concerts. I enjoyed the concert very much, and I took some photos which give some impressions:

Photo Album Uncle Earl – Wodanhalle Freiburg

The lineup of the Band 2010 (taken from the  Uncle Earl Myspace page)

Kristin Andreassen (Guitar, Fiddle, Harmonica, Clogging and Vocals)

KC Groves (Guitar, Mandolin, Bass and Vocals)

Stephanie Coleman (Fiddle and Vocals)

Paula Bradley (Banjo, Banjo Ukulele, Dancing & Vocals)

Rachel Eddy (Banjo, Fiddle, Bass and Vocals)

Here is one of the photos – the band just enjoys the first beer, as you can see:

Uncle Earl in Freiburg

I did especially like the clogging and the piece Crayola by Kristin Andreassen – here is a video of this recorded in November 2009:

Uncle Earl – Crayola

Kristin Andreassen and Uncle Earl performing at the Capitol Arts Center in Bowling Green, Kentucky on November 17, 2009.

If you get the chance to see Uncle Earl during their Germany tour you should not miss this chance!

Playlist with some interesting Uncle Earl Videos

Additional Information

Uncle Earl Myspace page with tour dates, audio examples and more videos: http://www.myspace.com/uncleearl

cocert review: http://www.country.de/2010/05/04/uncle-earl-neo-old-time-music-live-in-europa-zu-erleben/

Listen to album: Uncle Earle Waterloo Tennessee : http://airplaydirect.com/music/UncleEarlWaterloo/




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Bearfoot – Alaska – Bluegrass, Oldtime, Americana – Great…

I first heard Bearfoot in an internet radio transmission of a concert at the 2008 Merlefest. I have recently listened again to the recording of this concert and wanted to collect some videos and information about Bearfoot for this blog.

The current band members of Bearfoot are:

  • Kate Hamre – acoustic bass,
  • Odessa Jorgensen – fiddle,
  • Mike Mickelson – guitar,
  • Jason Norris – mandolin,
  • Angela Oudean – fiddle

The sound of Bearfoot is dominated by the twin fiddles of Odessa Jorgenson and Angela Oudean and the harmony singing of the three women in the band. Some songs are also sung by guitarist Mike Mickelson and mandolinist Jason Norris, the male part of the band.

There are some fantastic sounding a capella songs, you can hear typical bluegrass songs like Sally Goodin or Molly and the Tenbrooks, oldtime and original songs, blues, a very interesting mixture of styles and sounds that I like very much.

The band was founded as a band to promote the results of fiddle camps held in Alaska by Mick’s mother. They have become a full time professional band some time ago and have produced several CDs.

The following interview is a good occasion to learn more about Bearfoot and its members:

Bearfoot Interview

There are many videos of Bearfoot available at youtube, the most popular songs are:

  • Molasses
  • Caroline
  • Good in the Kitchen
  • My Bucket got a hole in it

I have collected the videos in the following playlist, I tried to place the videos I like most at the beginning.

Playlist Bearfoot

I would like to add one special song here in this blog, a song sung by Annalisa Tornfeldt who was the lead singer and fiddle player before Odessa Jorgenson. This song is one of my favorites in the Bearfoot repertoir.

It’s a bluesy piece about a woman waiting on a train track, which has a nice arrangement and gets a lot of energy in the middle of the song, including a powerfull mandolin solo by Jason Norris.

Bearfoot AC&T 4/23/2008 – 2

Bearfoot, Alaskan bluegrass band, performs at Ashland Coffee and Tea, Ashland, VA on 4/23/2008

Enjoy Bearfoot!


Bearfoot at myspace: http://www.myspace.com/bearfootband

Homepage with some songs of the current CD Doors and Windows: http://www.bearfootband.com/

Interview “Bearfoot lead singer Odessa Jorgenson on the band’s new album”: http://folkmusic.about.com/od/artistsaj/a/BearfootQA.htm

Annalisa Tornfelt at myspace: http://www.myspace.com/annalisatornfelt

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Doors and Windows – Bearfoot