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Boston's Deadly Gentlemen continue to carefully feature modern ideas and energy inside a string-band/bluegrass format without radicalizing the form to the point where it's unrecognizable. The Gentlemen's third album, Roll Me, Tumble Me, is their debut for the higher-profile Rounder Records. They've brought back three favorites from their previous albums—the title track, "It'll End Too Soon," "Working"—and recast them here in new roles. Banjoist/songwriter Greg Liszt (also a Ph.D in molecular biology), who'd served as part of Bruce Springsteen's backup band for the Seeger Sessions tour, writes with an emotive ear for what makes a heart-tugging tune. Whether it's the upbeat and playful "I Fall Back" or the wistful "Beautiful's Her Body," the songs capture true pathos. The rest of the band members are prodigies and musical overachievers who've played with the best, and a natural chemistry can be heard embarrassing the competition with the awesome string-play of "All the Broken Pieces."

EDITORS’ NOTES

Boston's Deadly Gentlemen continue to carefully feature modern ideas and energy inside a string-band/bluegrass format without radicalizing the form to the point where it's unrecognizable. The Gentlemen's third album, Roll Me, Tumble Me, is their debut for the higher-profile Rounder Records. They've brought back three favorites from their previous albums—the title track, "It'll End Too Soon," "Working"—and recast them here in new roles. Banjoist/songwriter Greg Liszt (also a Ph.D in molecular biology), who'd served as part of Bruce Springsteen's backup band for the Seeger Sessions tour, writes with an emotive ear for what makes a heart-tugging tune. Whether it's the upbeat and playful "I Fall Back" or the wistful "Beautiful's Her Body," the songs capture true pathos. The rest of the band members are prodigies and musical overachievers who've played with the best, and a natural chemistry can be heard embarrassing the competition with the awesome string-play of "All the Broken Pieces."

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About The Deadly Gentlemen

A string band with a decidedly modern 21st century pop, punk, and rock approach to acoustic music, Boston's the Deadly Gentlemen, led by songwriter and banjoist Greg Liszt and also featuring mandolin player Dominick Leslie, fiddler Michael Barnett, guitarist Stash Wyslouch, and upright bassist Samson Grisman, may look like a traditional bluegrass band, but they aren't by any but the slimmest of definitions. Incorporating spoken word, rap elements, and everything under the sun into their material, the band released The Bastard Masterpiece in 2008, following it with Carry Me to Home in 2011, an album that saw the group moving more toward standard pop structures and arrangements, and by the time their third album, and first for Rounder Records, Roll Me, Tumble Me, appeared in 2013, the Deadly Gentlemen had dropped most of the kitchen-sink approach and completed a transformation into an acoustic pop band with sharp melodies, intelligent lyrics, and a subtle and song-supportive sound. ~ Steve Leggett

  • ORIGIN
    Boston MA

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