Dead Winter Carpenters



Press Quotes

“With one listen to Dead Winter Carpenters’ “Easy Sleep,” you’ll get a strong sense of where this California band is coming from.” – CMT Edge

“Judging from its penchant for California country, North Lake Tahoe band Dead Winter Carpenters sounds like it has its finger on the quickening pulse of a “high-mountain-town vibe.” – San Francisco Chronicle

“Effortless five-part harmonies, capped off by the sweet, soft voice of Charles, bring a surprising smoothness to the tone of the entire EP. Each track tells a story, just as each instrument and voice coalesces into the band’s rich and textured sound.” – No Depression review – Posted by Thandiwe Ogbonna

Daily Discovery: Dead Winter Carpenters, “Long Arm of the Law” – American Songwriter 10/16/14

“With a mix of melodic Americana that melds foot-stomping energy and hushed poignancy, Dead Winter Carpenters’ “Ain’t It Strange plays” like a veritable diary on tape.” -Relix Magazine

“The Bakersfield Sound that Buck Owens and Merle Haggard helped shape evolved over the years, taking on the notes of indie and bluegrass, until the Dead Winter Carpenters emerged in 2010.” Jackson Hole News & Guide

“Brewed in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Lake Tahoe-raised Dead Winter Carpenters amp up country music with a fusion of bluegrass beats, folk-style vocals and rock guitar rhythms.”  Boise Weekly 

“…this five-piece ensemble transcends the expectations of Americana by incorporating musical and stylistic elements from many genres, including grunge and progressive bluegrass”.  Boise Weekly

“[DWC’s] quick-step, happy-harmony-filled alt-country puts you in the heart of a hot summer day with nothing to do but hear the fiddle move like laughter.”  Portland Mercury

“Tapping the vein of alt-country and bluegrass, Dead Winter Carpenters have launched onto the scene with a knack for harmony and high-energy live shows.” Eric Sandy – Cleveland Scene 

“Ambition is attractive in an emerging young band, and this Lake Tahoe, CA quintet showed they have their sights set on big things in their Grandstand Stage opening set. Every element – songwriting, vocals, solos, group interplay – was sharper than any previous DWC performance I’d caught…[what’s emerging is a band snapping at the heels of kindred ancestors like Railroad Earth and Leftover Salmon]. With multiple vocalists and songwriters there’s a lot of variety, and steady touring has given the band polish and an easygoing facility with audiences. Despite the high humidity and mercury jumping temps at this year’s HSMF, there was a solid crowd grinning and grooving in the large, grassy field, a testament to their ever-expanding fan-base.” – Dennis Cook for – 2014 review

“On the group’s recent EP Dirt Nap, the second song “Easy Sleep” sounds like a Gram Parsons/Emmylou Harris tune from the late 60s, while the EP’s closer “West Shore Town” has the distinct feel of an Irish mourning song. The song “Colorado Wildfire” brings Charles to the vocal forefront and has a Loretta Lynn/Crystal Gayle feel about it.   · 10/14/14  – Consider / Collective

“If anything, DWC are more like alt-bluegrass pioneers New Grass Revival…fun, kick-up-your-heels live experience.” -On The Verge -Relix Magazine Dec 2012

“The Lake Tahoe act…has created quite a stir on the roots-rock scene.” -San Jose Mercury

“[DWC] maintains an instrumental preciseness and vocal timing of which their days and long nights on the road shine through.” -San Diego Examiner

“Dead Winter Carpenters captures that kind of Americana sound best suited for frosty nights sipping hard liquor with friends in some dimly lit but cozy-as-hell watering hole. Dead Winter Carpenters take full advantage of wide boundaries, and it pays off.” – Missoula Independent

“Dead Winter Carpenters are at the forefront of a youthful generation trying to redefine what string music is and what it can do.” – Portland Metronome

“There’s hardly ever a repeat performance. That ever-changing element is part of the appeal of Dead Winter Carpenters; you never know what you’re going to get, whether you’ve caught them once, twice, even 20 times.” Chico News & Review

“We can all agree, [DWCs] write, sing and pluck out some good, honest Americana tunes.” -The Bend Bulletin

“Dead Winter Carpenters, a group known for their live shows, have matched that fire in the studio.”

“Keep an ear out for this bunch: they’re growing up nicely.” -Dennis Cook |

“For a band that cites the Fibonacci Sequence as an inspiration for its moniker, the devastatingly original sounds of North Lake Tahoe’s The Dead Winter Carpenters are completely accessible.” -Good Times Weekly: Santa Cruz, CA

“Popularity of [DWC] has steadily grown, thanks to their top-notch music and showmanship that they’ve put on display on frequent tours in and beyond the Reno/Tahoe area.” -Tahoe Daily Tribune: Tahoe City, CA

“From one town to the next, state by state, the Dead Winter Carpenters are exposing the nation to music born and bred in Lake Tahoe, CA.” -Moonshine Ink: Tahoe City, CA

“Dead Winter Carpenters seem poised for national success” -Seven Days: Burlington, VT

“If anyone [enjoys] this kind of almost flying off the road Appalachian music, this definitely worth listening to.” (Netherlands blog)

“From the shores of North Lake Tahoe come the Dead Winter Carpenters — a group of five musicians who are blending footstompin’ tunes with a bit of Tahoe spirit.” -Moonshine Ink: Tahoe City, CA

“The quintet blends classic elements of roots and country music with choice influences from throughout rock history, including the Rolling Stones, Neil Young and Townes Van Zant, that elevate them above your average new grass hybrid.” -Seven Days: Burlington, VT

“The band melds rock, ragtime and alt-country” -Stowe Today: Stowe, Vermont

“roots-rock with an energetic pulse” -Las Vegas Weekly Seven: Las Vegas, NV

“Dead Winter Carpenters are definitely an up-and-coming band worth catching next time they come through town.” -The Horn: Denver, CO

“[DWC]brought some fresh lake air with them and it hit us with a vibrant gust of positivity.” -Mountain Ear: Denver, CO

“On The Verge” – Relix Magazine 2012

Named “Tahoe’s Band of the Year 2011” -Tahoe Daily Tribune

Voted “Best Local Band” -Sierra Sun: Best of North Lake Tahoe/Truckee 2011

Media Kit

Abbreviated Bio:

Since forming in 2010, California-based Dead Winter Carpenters has gained a reputation for steadfast touring, heartfelt performances, and authentic Americana. Portland Metronome puts the quintet “at the forefront of a youthful generation trying to redefine what string music is and what it can do.”

That progressive nature shines through in the band’s latest album, Washoe (February 26). A 12-song collection of original songs by Dead Winter Carpenter members, Washoe’s diverse track list pays tribute to diverse musical influences including classic rock, bluegrass, alt-country, and rockabilly. Highlight tracks include “Midnight Ghost,” “Love Amongst Thieves,” and “Winning Hand,” and the angst-tinged duet, “If I Wrote You A Song.”

The five-piece outfit is:
-fiddler/vocalist – Jenni Charles
-upright bassist/vocalist – Dave Lockhart
-guitarist/vocalist – Jesse Dunn
-guitarist/vocalist – Bryan Daines
-drummer/vocalist – Brian Huston


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