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Combining ragged textures with tasty instrumental finesse, Deadstring Brothers’ Cannery Row invokes Southern landscapes filled with bruised lovers, hard-luck vagabonds, and assorted ghosts of days gone by. Cannery Row is the first album recorded after the Detroit-rooted combo relocated to Nashville. The country-rock phase of The Rolling Stones (think Sticky Fingers through Exile on Main Street) remains the Brothers’ chief reference point; fortunately, they inject enough of their own sensibilities into the mix to transcend mere imitation. Lead singer Kurt Marschke’s twanging tones blend with the honeyed vocals of The Smoking Flowers’ Kim Collins to fine effect on “Like a California Wildfire” and “Talkin’ with a Man in Montana.” Clean-edged slide guitars and shivery organs bring out the swampy Delta colors of “Oh Me Oh My,” “Just a Deck of Cards," and the title tune. The Brothers brighten Cannery Row’s mostly downbeat atmosphere with “It’s Morning Irene” (featuring veteran Willie Nelson sideman Mickey Raphael on harmonica) and “Lucille’s Honky Tonk” (a feisty two-stepper sparked by Marschke’s agile acoustic fingerpicking).

Customer Reviews

Keep on Keepin on

Found this group quite a few years ago on iTunes. I have always enjoyed their sound. They mellowed things a bit with this album and love the change of pace. If you love Laurel Canyon, 'Exile-Era' Americana music check it out! Hoping to get to Philly to catch you live.


This is the 5th album released by Deadstring Brothers. In reality, the band is actually singer, songwriter, guitarist Kurt Marschke. He is the soul and only constant in this band. It has been a revolving cast of musicians with "Kurtis" since the start. They have released some excellent rock influenced alt-country music to date. Their strongest line- up included the Cullum brothers on bass and guitar a couple of yars back. Marschke moved from Detroit and set up in Nashville. After playing solo gigs as "Deadstring Brother", he hooked up with bass player JD Mack and began the process of putting new material together. They coordinated recording this album in Nashville during the week of the Country Music Awards and great players were all over. This album includes some heavy-weight session players and it shows. Every review of the band cites a Exile era Rolling Stones influence. Marschke does remind you of Jagger in some songs but I'd say not copying but influenced by him. This band is much more than a copy version of the Stones country influenced period. It is more Gram Parsons, Flying Burrito Brothers influenced anyway. The track "Long Lonely Ride" even lifts a Parsons line ("I think that it's been said by somebody up ahead") from the Flying Burrito Brothers track "Older Guys " recorded in about 1969. This album is STRONG. Excellent harmony female background vocals by Kim Collins. Heavy Hammond B3 organ throughout and lonesome pedal steel in the background. The album makes you feel like you are driving through the wide open plains in the west or for that matter hanging out at Joshua Tree in the desert like Gram Parsons did. That's what I feel and I have never been to either of those places! The entire album is great but the best tracks are "Talkin' with a man in Montana", "Like a California Wildfire","Oh Me or My", and "Song for Bobbie Jo". Please support this band by buying their music - spread the word - they are far too good to be this "under the radar".

Deadstring Brothers Return To Form!

After the disappointing "Sao Paolo," I was very pleasantly surprised by "Cannery Row." It returns the band to the excellence of "Silver Mountain" while continuing to develop their sound. One of my favorite albums of the year so far.


Formed: 2001 in Detroit, MI

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Born and bred in a city hardly known for its country music heritage, Detroit's Deadstring Brothers play alternative country-rock with no small amount of rock & roll swagger and a deep bluesy undertow that often suggests Exile on Main St.-era Rolling Stones more than Uncle Tupelo or their followers. The Deadstring Brothers formed in late 2001, when singer and songwriter Kurt Marschke, who had been playing shows as a solo acoustic act, began working up material with a handful of likeminded friends....
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