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The Deadly Gentlemen at One Longfellow Square
The Deadly Gentlemen at One Longfellow Square

The Deadly Gentlemen at One Longfellow Square

Thursday, June 23, 2011   8:00 PM

 

We’re the Deadly Gentlemen. What would you like to know? We started out a couple years ago as an experimental spoken word bluegrass band, but we’ve changed the game plan this time around. Now we mostly play epic folk and grasscore. We have a brand new, unreleased CD called Carry Me To Home. 

The Deadly Gentlemen (l to r): Mike Barnett, Dominick Leslie, Sam Grisman, Stash Wyslouch, and Greg Liszt. There are five band members: Greg Liszt, banjo and vocals; Stash Wyslouch, guitar and vocals; Mike Barnett, fiddle and vocals; Dominick Leslie, mandolin and vocals; and Sam Grisman, double bass and vocals. 

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 cover of Carry Me To Home. There’s a murder ballad (done acoustic death metal style), a song about moonshining, a rockabilly blues, and a rewrite of an old-time song about the police coming to get you. There are also a couple songs about the ups and downs of living the dream — you know, playing music. 

Our songs have kind of a rock ‘n’ roll feel, despite the acoustic bluegrass instrumentation. The melodies tend toward the anthemic side, and the upright bass is usually pretty in-your-face. The album does have a slight sense of humor but no real jokes, per se. 

And in case you were wondering, there are no bad words on the album.

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