Dead Winter Carpenters coming to Avon Friday
September 23, 2010
When a green 1997 15-passenger Ford Van named “Willy the Pimp” rolls into Avon Friday, you’ll know the band Dead Winter Carpenters has arrived. The Northern Cali. band performed at Saltwater Cowboy back in July and they’re returning to the Avon eatery Friday for another show to debut their new studio album, called “D.W.C.” The band consists of fiddler and vocalist Jenni Charles, upright bassist Dave Lockhart, guitarists and vocalists Jesse Dunn and Sean Duerr, and drummer Ryan Davis. Dunn took the time to answer a few questions for the Vail Daily.
1. Vail Daily: You guys have a pretty packed touring schedule up until the end of this month. How has the tour gone thus far?
Jesse Dunn: The tour has gone wonderfully so far. When it is all said and done, we’ll have played 30 shows in 35 days in 22 states. We’ve met some great folks and have been received enthusiastically in totally new markets for the band.
2. VD: What makes for the best audience at one of your shows?
JD: No matter what the size, if the audience in engaged and returning the energy that we’re giving off, it will be a great show. Our goal is to make people happy, and dancing is always encouraged!
3. VD: Who writes the songs? Tell me about the last song you guys wrote and what inspired it.
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JD: We have three songwriters in the band, but we all collaborate when working on a new idea. The last song “Sun Don’t Shine” was written in the late spring, and is primarily about cabin fever and the doldrums that come along with a seemingly everlasting winter.
4. VD: How do you describe your sound?
JD: Our sound could be categorized as Americana, or Roots Rock. Our line-up consists of acoustic guitar, upright bass, fiddle, electric guitar, and drums, and we pull from many musical styles.
5. VD: What inspires you musically?
JD: We’re inspired by each other, as well as other bands that we play with. We love hearing new music, and we tend to write about the trials and tribulations of the human condition.
6. VD: What have you been listening to on your iPod/car stereo?
JD: We have so much time on the road that we listen to an abundance of music. Some artists that we listen to regularly are: Todd Snider, Old Crow Medicine Show, Nirvana, Gillian Welch, Neil Young and Townes Van Zandt.
7. VD: How did you guys get your start?
JD: Dead Winter Carpenters is a hybrid of two Northern California bands. We finished our debut album in early August, and have been out on the road promoting it during this national tour.