For those of you hoping for another progressive string band from a Western town to start touring through Bend once or twice per year, say hello to Dead Winter Carpenters.
The DWC — founded in early 2010 and based out of the Lake Tahoe, Calif., area — does something similar to Yonder Mountain String Band, Hot Buttered Rum, Poor Man’s Whiskey and other newgrassy/alt-folk jammers that find very fertile ground here. And they do it well; the harmonies are solid, the strings silky, the pace often speedy, and female fiddler Jenni Charles brings a welcome sound to a dude-dominated scene. Ultimately, DWC’s songs are well-worn slices of Americana, where the open road and big sky gives way to the wily, nighttime charms of the city.
The band put out an album in 2010 and now is working on its follow-up, which has been funded by fans via the online fundraising site Kickstarter. No one pledged $8,000, but if they had, they would’ve earned an opportunity to shave bassist Dave Lockhart’s beard on stage!
Find some songs to sample at www.deadwintercarpenters.com.
Dead Winter Carpenters; 7 p.m. Wednesday; free; McMenamins Old St. Francis School, 700 N.W. Bond St., Bend; www.mcmenamins.com.