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Deadstring Brothers Adjust On New Album

of the Oakland Press

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The Deadstring Brothers celebrating the release of their fourth album, “Sao Paulo,” are a somewhat different group than the band that released “Silver Mountain” two years ago.

Between titles, the Detroit alternative country quintet parted ways with singer Masha Marjieh, who’s now with the band Octopus. And nobody felt the change more than frontman and main songwriter Kurt Marschke.

“It’s kind of me back to trying to tackle it myself, vocally, and I’m not always the most comfortable with that,” says Marschke, 38, who co-produced “Sao Palo” with Dan Currie at the band’s own studio in Royal Oak. “I’m not going to cry about it, but I love the duality of two singers and two major personalities. I really always enjoyed that in music in general, and in what we did. It just seemed to offer more variety and depth.

“So we’ve just had to figure out other ways to do it. Everyone in the band is kind of picking up vocals and stuff. It’s one of those things where when you lose one thing, the other elements come together to make up for it.”

Marschke and company plan to give “Sao Paulo,” which came out in February, an extensive ride this year — particularly at home, where Marschke feels the group has let its attention lapse in recent years.

“Other people have been doing laps around us in terms of touring in America,” he says, “so we need to get out there and do the do. I’ve always believed that being on the road 200 days a year is the only way to make a career, anyway, if you’re a musician. Unless you’re just a songwriter, you’ve got to be out there playing five nights a week.

“That’s always been my goal. If we can play five nights a week all year, I’ll be satisfied. If you’re doing that, you should be able to make it work.”

The Deadstring Brothers, Whitey Morgan, the Sights and Brandon Calhoon perform tonight (April 16) at the Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $8. Call 248-544-3030 or visit www.themagicbag.com.

Web Site: www.themagicbag.com

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