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Dead Winter Carpenters with One Grass, Two Grass & Jon Trafton (Of Strangefolk)
April 27 @ 8:00 pm$13
Starline Social Club Presents:
Dead Winter Carpenters
w/ One Grass Two Grass
+ Jon Trafton (Of Strangefolk)
8PM Doors/ 9PM Show
$13 Advance/ $16 Day of Show
Dead Winter Carpenters
The band consists of members of three previous Northern California bands. Jesse Dunn, Sean Duerr, and Dave Lockhart played in the Montana Slim String Band, while Jenni Charles and Ryan Davis were from both The Rusty Strings and Truckee Tribe. After meeting at a music festival during the previous summer, they began playing some informal shows together in November 2009. The opportunity to play before a larger audience came in March 2010 as the after party band of a Yonder Mountain String Band show at the Crystal Bay Club in Lake Tahoe. This was their first show billed as Dead Winter Carpenters.
During a summer of touring the western United States, the band paused for three days to record their first studio album.The self-titled “D.W.C.,” released in August 2010, was followed by a larger tour that covered 22 states in 35 days.
Over the course of 2011, the band played over 175 shows and performed at High Sierra Music Festival and Hangtown Halloween Ball. The increased exposure led to a successful Kickstarter campaign for a new album. The $12,000 in funding allowed the band to improve their productions values and take a more relaxed approach to the project. The recording session took place in January 2012 at Prairie Sun Recording Studios with Chief Engineer Matt Wright, while the mastering was performed by famed engineer, John Cuniberti. Released in May 2012, “Ain’t It Strange” was followed by several national tours, including opening slots for The Infamous Stringdusters and Yonder Mountain String Band. The band also performed at YarmonyGrass and The Northwest String Summit, in addition to a second High Sierra.
Heading into 2013, the band saw the departure of drummer Ryan Davis and lead guitarist Sean Duerr. Replacing the respective instruments, the band brought in Justin Kruger and Bryan Daines, both graduates of the University of Nevada, Reno’s music program. Touring continued, albeit at a slower pace as the band worked in the new members. The spring was highlighted by the opportunity to play at the famed San Francisco venue, The Fillmore, supporting for Railroad Earth. By the summer, the drummer was again replaced, this time with Brian Huston. This lineup went into the studio in the latter half of the year, recording at the new Heavenly Tracks studio in South Lake Tahoe, CA. Matt Wright and John Cuniberti again provided engineering and mastering services.The six track EP, “Dirt Nap,” reflected the alt-country directions the new lineup was headed in as they “slowly soft-pedaled their jam influences, tightened the songcraft and continued to sharpen their harmonies.” It was released in January 2014 as a free/pay what you want download on Bandcamp.
One Grass Two Grass delivers high energy, hard driving, fun-loving, old-timey, new-timey, good-timey, rockin’ California string band music. One Grass Two Grass forges its own style of folk meets old-time, meets rock, meets bluegrass. Cushioned by a bed of old mountain tunes and rock and roll, they’re groov’n on the strings all across the western state.
One Grass Two Grass has performed at The Yonder Mountain String Band’s Northwest String Summit outside of Portland Oregon, they’ve headlined San Francisco’s iconic Great American Music Hall, they were a top 5 finalist for the High Sierra Music Festival Band Competition, they’ve performed on Lagunitas’ Jam-in-the-Van, and played both the Hangtown Music Festival and the Winter Wondergrass Festival. Getting their start in 2012 in the San Francisco Bay Area, there have been many highlights in One Grass Two Grass’ upward trajectory. They’ve criss crossed the western states grooving on their rhythmic brand of bluegrass music from Oregon to New Mexico, from Montana to LA and of coarse their home away from home Colorado were they’ve competed in both The Telluride Bluegrass Festival’s and the Rockygrass Bluegrass Festival’s Band Competitions.The group has accompanied many great artists on stage, such as Larry Keel of Keller and the Keels (& Natural Bridges); Leftover Salmon’s Vince Herman; Tim Carbone of Railroad Earth; Poor Man’s Whiskey; James Nash; and John Cragie. One Grass Two Grass has opened for contemporary string bands such as Fruition, Dead Winter Carpenters, Hot Buttered Rum, The Lil’ Smokies, Danny Barnes, Grant Farm, Front Country, Mipso, Whiskey Shivers, The Last Revel, and Reverend Peyton and the Big Damn Band.
One Grass Two Grass
In early 2018 the band released their second full length studio album, Horizon, which is full of exciting new turns and twists in sound that the band has been developing for years. Horizon was produced by Nat Keefe of Hot Buttered Rum and recorded to live tape at Tiny Telephone Studios in San Francisco, CA. Jacob Groopman of Front Country helped produce 1G2G’s 2014 debut album, which catapulted the group full speed into an exciting and eventful journey.
One Grass Two Grass is sure to have you swaying with your lover, stomping with your brother, smiling with your mother, and having just a plain old good time with one another.