CD Reviews fro 11/07/07 – Deadstring Brothers, The Sadies

Compact Capsules for 11/07/07
by Dan Ferguson

Deadstring Brothers
Silver Mountain
Bloodshot Records BS-147

A serious jones for the circa-1970s Stones fills the grooves of Silver Mountain, the latest from Detroit-based Deadstring Brothers. Where they break free is female vocalist Masha who’s a most satisfying counter to the Jagger-esque stylings of lead singer/front man Kurt Marschke. Wads of riffy guitar punctuated by timely Hammond B3 gives Silver Mountain a soulful undercurrent. It’s a record that offers swells of sound which anyone who digs their Hot Rocks will no doubt get their own rocks off on. (Visit

The Sadies
New Seasons
Yep Roc YEP-2148

While it begins on an all-of-a-minute bluegrass note, it’s a haze of psychedelia that hangs heavy over New Seasons from Canadian foursome The Sadies. Known more for their spaghetti western approach to rock instrumentals, not to mention backing Neko Case, New Seasons sees The Sadies expose another side of the personality. Taking a page from their bluegrass family band beginnings, they mix their own brand of close harmony with a translucent barrage of guitar shimmer to create an album nothing short of striking. (Visit

(Dan Ferguson is a free-lance music writer and host of The Boudin Barndance, broadcast Thursday nights from 6 – 9 pm on WRIU-FM 90.3. He lives in Peace Dale and can be reached at [email protected].)