Sunday, August 26, 2007

String theory

I really like Gram Parsons and The Rolling Stones, so in theory I should like any band that's heavily influenced by the two, particularly if they have the talent to back it up. I do like The Deadstring Brothers quite a bit, but they incorporate the chapter and verse so well it may actually blunt some of my appreciation. They've switched a few members around since 2006, when they played Bluesfest as well.

Ringleader Kurt Maschke complimented Canada's friendly border staff. I don't think he was being sarcastic, either.

I couldn't identify Spencer Cullum last time around, but here he is again.

Masha Marjieh is definitely playing a bigger role in the band's sound.

E. Travis Harrett, looking just as he did last time.

Here are the new folks: "Willie Nix" on organ - I suspect it's actually Patrick Kenneally - and yes, this is my best photo of him and his mustard derby.

And Spencer's brother, Jeff. Not a very good snap of him either.

And now ... country rock action!

That Black Sabbath T-shirt is definitely Masha's fave.

They admitted on stage to being on a serious Willie Nelson kick of late; they covered Leon Russell's You Look Like The Devil and Uncloudy Day, both Nelson favourites, and Nelson sideman Mickey Raphael appears on their upcoming album, Silver Mountain.

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