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Dead Winter Carpenters

Friday & Saturday, May 24 & 25

9 p.m.

$15 advance/$18 day of show/Two day passes $25

21 & older

Crystal Bay Club

Crystal Bay, Nev.


In our little berg, it is nice to see the local band excel and North Shore’s Dead Winter Carpenters are doing our area proud. The group’s defining sound of Tahoe mountain jam has kept them on the road consistently for the last couple of years with no end in sight. Poised with an arsenal of original material and an unyielding tour schedule, this group has captivated audiences and rapidly garnered an impressive fan base, as well as considerable national success. Defying musical boundaries, DWC seamlessly blends Americana roots rock and a tinge of straightforward tell-it-like-it-is alt country for hard-hitting performances that are as edgy as they are whimsical.

First off, the group lays down a ferocious blend of alternative bluegrass melodies. Fiddler and vocalist Jenni Charles’s fast and friendly licks, manage to crank up the intensity resulting in a boisterous country twang. Layering the sound with elements of bluegrass, folk, ragtime, blues, reggae and rock ‘n’ roll that incorporates styles inspired from musical influences ranging from Jerry Garcia and Neil Young to David Byrne to Ryan Adams, the band embraces their musical roots enabling them to traverse genres and defy musical boundaries. This combination is a unique blend of genuine, authentic songwriting and dynamic musicianship with choice influences from rock history and traditional fiddle tunes of earlier times. Pushing and pulling on those musical boundaries with top-notch live performances while walking the line with an unexpected, world music flair, DWC continues to mix it up by dropping a little hip-hop and reggae into the band’s roots rock performance. This combination gets the hips shakin’ and feet dancin’, epitomizing what a great live music experience is all about.

Boasting members of Montana Slim and The Rusty Strings, the quintet, which formed in 2010, consists of upright bassist Dave Lockhart, guitarists/vocalists Jesse Dunn and Sean Duerr and drummer Ryan Davis, along with Charles. Because of the collaboration of the band’s multiple songwriters, the band is swelling with original and artistic musical ideas, creating a rich environment for songwriting and music making. The group has three major songwriters and pride themselves on original songsmanship, which they consider one of the strongest aspects of the band.

The wide vocal range led by Charles’s saucy flair of strong blue grass vocals harmonize beautifully with the deep and hardened voice of Dueer and Lockhart’s riveting lines shuffle the rhythm while holding down the fort for the band. Good teamwork is at play for the Dead Winter Carpenters.

All in all, The Dead Winter Carpenters have an appealing and fresh alternative country/Americana rock ‘n’ roll sound that represents everything the American West stands for. The roots-oriented themes of traveling, love and the road, paired with the strong vocal harmonies create that idea of a road soundtrack. With an unbridled spirit and an authentic approach to the art of songwriting, this five-piece captures the freedom of the road with the kind of energy that has made legends.


Dead Winter Carpenters play the Crystal Bay Club on May 24 and 25. For more show information, visit crystalbayclubcasino.com. For more information on the Dead Winter Carpenters, visit deadwintercarpenters.com.