The Deadly Gentlemen have been revived after a change in the lineup in 2010. The band of talented individuals sat down and decided that the once quirky side project deserved to be the main focus.
The Deadly Gentlemen are comprised of Greg Liszt, the innovative four-finger-style banjo picker who lent his talents to Crooked Still; Mike Barnett, who spent his teenage years touring with Jesse McReynolds, and later became a member of the David Grisman Quintet and played with the Tony Trischka Band; bassist Sam Grisman has also been playing since his teens, learning from one of the music world legends, his father, David; mandolinist Dominick Leslie, who gained recognition from his appearances with The Infamous Stringdusters; and finally, guitarist Stash Wyslouch, a reformed metal head who discovered bluegrass and acoustic music (yet if youâ€™ve seen him play live, you know that his metal side still lives and breaths inside him).
The bandâ€™s new album, Roll Me, Tumble Me, is the groupâ€™s third for Rounder Records. The batch of 10 songs, all composed by Listz, finds a slightly new style for the band featuring more two- and three-part harmonies. The material features some revamped version of throwback songs from albums ago, including the title track and “Working,” which both are from the band’s self-released debut. For me, the album reaches new ground with the more emotionally evocative songs, like â€œI Fall Backâ€ and â€œA Faded Star.â€
Overall, fans will find the album easier to sing along with, but in the end, Roll Me, Tumble Me still captures the enjoyment that music must possess on its most fundamental level. It is part of the recipe that has made the Deadly Gentlemen a must see live band for bluegrass fans.
Roll Me, Tumble Me is now available on Rounder Records.