Dead Winter Carpenters finish work includes and#8216;Ain’t It Strange’ |

Dead Winter Carpenters finish work includes and#8216;Ain’t It Strange’

The second album by the Dead Winter Carpenters, and#8220;Ain't It Strange,and#8221; will be celebrated Friday at a show in the Crystal Bay Casino Crown Room; Yarn spins all the way from Booklyn, N.Y. to open Friday's Crown Room show for the Dead Winter Carpenters.

CRYSTAL BAY, Nev. and#8212; Hire a contractor around these parts and learn about Tahoe time.

This familiar lament does not apply to the Dead Winter Carpenters, a 2-year-old North Shore quintet that has swiftly built an enthusiastic, mountainous fan base.

Its latest project is an album, and#8220;Ain’t It Strange.and#8221; A CD release party will be held Friday, May 25, in the Crystal Bay Casino Crown Room.

Led by its big man, Jesse Dunn, a former Division 1 college basketball player, all five members contributed to 10 original scores.

and#8220;There are a couple of folk-bluegrass songs but mostly it’s the Americana-alt country thing,and#8221; Dunn said.

The songs and#8220;evolvedand#8221; during live performances. The Dead Winter Carpenters, which played its first show in the Crystal Bay Casino Red Room, had 175 concerts in 2011 and Dunn expects to have at least as many this year.

and#8220;Ain’t It Strangeand#8221; was recorded at Cotati’s Prairie Sun Recording Studio, a former chicken ranch where Tom Waits put down several records, Dunn said. and#8220;There was a little twang to the attitude,and#8221; he said.

Impressed with his work on an album for Brothers Comatose (Red Room, June 15), the band employed Matt Wright to co-produce the CD.

and#8220;I liked the direction he had them going,and#8221; Dunn said. and#8220;He had a lot of great ideas for us sonically, the arrangements and harmonies. He brought out the best from us.and#8221;

The album cover art is a photo of a strange-looking mounted bobcat which is displayed in the Roadkill Cafe in Seligman, Ariz., on Highway 66.

The Dead Winter Carpenters recently performed at Slim’s in San Francisco and the Sacramento Music Festival. This summer it is booked at the Northwest String Summit and the String Cheese Incident’s Horning’s Hideout in Oregon, the Summer Meltdown Festival in Washington and YarmonyGrass in Colorado and its second High Sierra Music Festival in Sierraville.

Dunn is optimistic about the band’s future because of its camaraderie.

and#8220;It keeps getting better as the days go by,and#8221; he said. and#8220;We’ve all come to the decision that this is what we want to do full time. We are all on the same page and there is good chemistry between us.and#8221;

Yarn, an Americana band from Brooklyn, N.Y., makes its Tahoe debut as the opener for Dead Winter Carpenters.

Press materials say, and#8220;their storytelling is entertaining from start to finish, often humorous, equally tender and always an honest vignette of life on the road. This is a hardworking band whose influences include Gram Parsons, Earl Scruggs and Jerry Garcia.and#8221;

The Red Room after-party band will be a new one from North Shore.

The Sneaky Creatures include guitarist Josh Roelle (Horsemouth, Truckee Tribe), stand-up bass player Kerry Andras (the Rusty Strings) and saxophonist Kevin Drake, and keyboardist Todd Holway and drummer Steve Saturno (both with Quartet Minus One).

Truckee Tribe previously included Dead Winter Carpenters fiddler Jenni Charles.

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