Progressive bluegrass and Americana are having a bit of a revival at the moment, with bands such as The Punch Brothers, Greensky Bluegrass and Railroad Earth all seeming to have rising numbers in their fan bases. The Dead Winter Carpenters, though maybe a bit lesser known than the aforementioned acts, are clearly just as talented. Hailing from Lake Tahoe in California, they’re a solid entry to the alt-country bluegrass movement, and this performance from the Daytrotter venue in Davenport, Iowa on June 13, 2016 shows why. With tremendous musicianship on both uptempo numbers such as “Colorado Wildfire” and slower ballads like “If I Write You A Song” the Dead Winter Carpenters are very diverse in their sound, pulling in a variety of influences from different genres across the country/Americana gamut.
The Dead Winter Carpenters, who formed in 2010, consist of Jenni Charles on vocals, Jesse Dunn on rhythm guitar, Dave Lockhart on bass, Bryan Daines on lead guitar, and Brian Huston on drums. In addition, all five members contribute vocals to their music. Although their fan base is primarily on the West Coast, they have starting touring the east a bit more frequently as well. They have played notable bluegrass festivals such as High Sierra in California, YarmonyGrass in Colorado and the Northwest String Summit in Oregon. Their current release Washoe was released on February 26, and many of the songs performed from this set stem from that album. If acts such as Neil Young, Ryan Adams, Jason Isbell and Devil Makes Three are up your alley, definitely check out this set by the Dead Winter Carpenters.