September 11, 2003

Test Spin: Deadstring Brothers

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The Deadstring Brothers are fashioning a sound that hasn’t quite hit yet. It’s a little bit country, a little bit rock ‘n’ roll, but certainly not the Osmonds. These siblings fall into the charmingly obscure category of alt-country (not Americana), which sounds fairly cool, but what exactly is it?

Well, by name alone, you could deduce that it’s some sort of hybrid of alternative rock and country. But what does it sound like? Johnny Cash’s rendition of “Hurt?” It could, but maybe it’s more.

With all due respect to the great Cash, the Deadstrings are aiming higher than the singing cowboy pigeonhole. Edgy vocalist Kurt Marchke’s stylings seem slightly more vulnerable than your average country crooner and could find an audience at an urban caf